(This is more of a fan-story than a history of Orbs, the great library, and Corvus. I have no idea how Moonhunter envisions these things, and this is just my thoughts. Moonhunter is free to offer alterations and additions, and abuses for the following ideas ;) )
The great library has been in existence for a long time. Few remember how it was created or who the first librarian of it was. The truth, however, was that Corvus - later known as Corvus the mad - Was the creator of the library. The first, greatest and perhaps most insane magician was the birth of those halls of knowledge in his early years whilst he was still learning magic. in his later years of course, Corvus retired to his estate in the land which would later be known as Corvin, and the library - at that time with only a few rows of books - now with its own host of librarians, grew slowly. People forgot the original owner of it, but the owner never forgot IT, even in his later ‘madder’ years. A few years before the great ‘voop’, The librarians of the great library entered their workplace, to find five orbs of softly glowing light on the main table, and in the center of the library, a grey, misted orb on a stand which could not be removed, no matter how much the effort. Nothing was taken from the library - it seemed it was a gift from somebody.
In reality, it was Corvus looking after his early dream of the great library. The five glowing orbs are described elsewhere.
The first librarian to find this orb, placed a hand over the misty object with curiousity. He breathed his thoughts softly in wonder - “What IS this…?”, and he was shocked and almost frightened to hear a smooth, wind-like echo of his own mind in his head, uttering “The orb of knowledge.” as though he were answering his own question.
Over the next few weeks, it was found that if asked for a book on a certain subject, the orb would whisper in the persons mind the location in the library it was at, and thus the orb was labeled the orb of categorizing. Any patron of the library could ask the orb where to find a book, and it would answer for them. So from then on, that was the accepted thought on the extent of the orbs power.
What is unknown to the librarians however, is that if any question is asked to this orb, the orb will respond, though in a riddling, sometimes double-meaning manner which may perplex and throw people off even MORE.
This orb is the orb of knowledge absorption. Its purpose was to remember. Ultimate knowledge is every magi’s dream, and a young Corvus was no different. This creation was his attempt at making that dream a reality by sucking in every bit of knowledge, but it failed, because the living, intelligent orb needed to witness things just like any other life-form, before it could remember it.
So the orb knew of everything in the library, and every area of Corvus’s estate, and knew much of what Corvus told and taught it.
But then Corvus’s estate went ‘voop’. All the other orbs dispersed throughout the world, and the Orb of knowledge saw how great this may be. Unlike the other orbs, it maintained an open speaking link with every orb, living their lives, learning their experiences. It knows of the existence of ‘the ones’, that ‘warmer’ had become ‘god’ over. It saw the lands that the ‘orb of Corvin’ opened its eyes over. It learned the politics and rulers of the ‘Crystal sphere of the throne’. It saw everthing the ‘dark eye’ saw from those it manipulated - and so on. Additionally, the Orb of knowledge opens a link to the minds of any who ask it a question and touch it, copying a small segment of knowledge and storing it.
All those who go to the library marvel that it seems to grow every day. Even the librarians who are there, each and every day, notice that they find books in there that they could have sworn werent there before. In actuality, the orb magically creates these books as it gathers knowledge, extending bookcases and spawning the books in their correct positions during the night. And that is how the great library continues to expand, and is why the great library is reknowned throughout the country as the best source of information.
And thus the orb continues to learn, and thus it slowly fulfils the dream of ultimate knowledge.
Long ago, the Wizard Corvus, created a vast number of magikal crystal orbs of various sizes, most of which were incorporated into other items. These orbs housed magikally created intelligences with the following powers:
1) The ability to influence and manipulate the minds of those around it to some degree.
2) The ability to communicate with any other Orb at any range, if it desires.
3) The ability to block or diffuse the power of another orb, 100% magik resistance against orb magik. It can sometimes grant that ability to others or use the power at range.
4) The ability to be nearly unbreakable (they are crystal after all)
5) 1-5 Magikal abilities to fufill its original purpose as a tool for Corvus. They were originally made as assistants and aides for Corvus. Since they have outlasted him and anyone who knew much about them, they are now free to follow their own agendas.
The items are immortal. Mortals are their playthings, their chess pieces, their hands.
-The orb of Knowledge absorption continues learning from those who touch it and those who ask it questions, by absorbing an amount of knowledge of ones life in their memory.
-The orb maintains an open link to all other orbs, and all other orbs allow this link to remain open, as they are aware this orbs agenda is merely the gathering of knowledge - not the use of that knowledge gained for power. It seeks only to fulfill why it was made, even though its master is reported gone. It gathers all knowledge that each of these other orbs collect.
-The orb can answer most questions asked by people who lay their hands on it, but the answers are always garbled, in riddles or difficult to decipher equations, or with double meanings which may lead people astray or confuse them. If asked the whereabouts of a book in the great library, it will answer simply.
-The orb also creates books as it learns. These books have no author, and are distinguished by the plain grey covers.