Biblos (Book) Quarter

The Great Library's name is still officially "The Cathedral of Knowledge" even after the Reformation. This huge, multilevel structure is now run by a secular priesthood of scholars, many of whom live in the old priest quarters (in fact, until recently one or two of them were priests of the old temple). It is the cornerstone of the Colleges that are found in the quarter. The Colleges have sprung up since the Reformation, as the inadvertent monopoly the Temples of Knowledge had over education ended. Education is no longer ritualized and centered upon classics. Now free exchange and exploration are the central ideas of these new colleges. Magic is now, tentatively, being taught in public.

The area around the Great Library has become specialized in supporting the Great Library and the new colleges. Papermakers and Stationaries are found in this quarter, as well as BookBinders. Inkmen actually make a fine ink in the area. The Ink of this city is well known across the land.

The quarter is filled with book sellers and scroll mongers. In fact, this is the majority of businesses here. If the library was not enough, you can get newer books than those found in the library. And since the Library is no longer allowed to have religious works, bookstores and small libraries containing these works are more prevalent than you would expect.

There are a dozen shops of Scribes and researchers, who will find and make copies of things from the Great Library for a modest fee. The will also do other scribely duties, including reading to illiterate folks. Translators have set up shop here, so you can get papers in any language here. (With the presence of translators and foreigners here, as well as free thinkers/ radical, some say the spys hang out here as well.

A few scholars who make a living teaching nobles or at a College, or have retired from said profession, seem to congregate in this area. The few streetside bistros in the quarter, are filled with lively and scholarly debate as well as excellent pastries and tea.

It is strange that the most athletic of professions, the courrier is also centered in this quarter. These young madmen are suited to the urban environment, as they have been known to "bounce" around walls, terraces, bridges, dodge traffic, as well as run the city streets. There are dozens of "stables" here where human runners wait for assignments. These speedy runners (or riders for longer deliveries) deliver things of all sorts in the city and the surrounding areas.

Thank you SE. While Ideas are great, full write ups are better.

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