The Coming of the Zioth

The House of Morenth

As the primary place of worship for a population of six thousand, the House of Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Morenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
is an enormous structure, perhaps five or six hundred feet across at the longest, but it's not just one big rectangular building. It looks like it's been added to many times over hundreds of years. Whether the building is bigger or smaller underground is impossible to tell. It is known that a library exists under the House, to which access is severely restricted. Expensive glass windows decorate the upper story, and one large window sits above the main entrance. The only other way in is the priests' entrance, off to one side.

Bathhouses and Purification Rooms

Before entering the sanctuary of the House, one must be clean and purified, through a lengthy ritual. One begins at one of several bathhouses to the south of the House, which smell of perfume136plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Appeared or occurred in:

Turn 136: Desecrating the House

In the morning, Ziedon woke up to an icy breeze -- again -- and lashed out. “Who keeps opening that damned window? I was freezing all night long.”

Kreemon stood up and stretched. “Sorry. I like the fresh air.”

“Well bloody hell. I am not going to be much use to anyone if I catch a cold, now am I? And what about
. Then one engages in a lengthy ritual of purification in the nearby Purification Rooms. This ritual must be performed at least once a week.

The Main Entrance

All Morenthiansplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Morenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
enter here, making it well-travelled at all times of day135plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Appeared or occurred in:

Turn 135: The Northern Gate

After Forgolon left, Ziedon called Tah'iera to him. Within moments, the strange bird landed on the window sill. “Please follow the man who just left,” Ziedon said. “Let me know where he goes.”

After Tah'iera flew off, Ziedon said, “Korisca, Kreemon. I don't know how long this transition period is going to take. I would very much like to get my necklace back from
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The Entrance Hall

The severity of the architecture did not diminish its grandeur. The first thing Ziedonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Ziedon

Ziedon stands a little under six feet tall and is relatively thin. He has a neatly trimmed black beard and mustache which stand out considerably against his pale skin. His hazel eyes seem to see everything around him. Ziedon's white hair is cut short in the traditional townsman's style. Ziedon's garb is of a well-to-do townsman. He normally wears a thin, off-white shirt with eleven pairs of wooden knobs and strings in the front with a brown and green band of cloth was laid across his sh…
saw upon entering made him stop long enough that someone almost tripped over him. Thirty feet ahead, suspended from the ceiling, was a massive iron ring, at least eight feet in diameter. The ring was molded in the shape of three snakes, intricately entangled and carved to life-like perfection. The center was occupied by a goat, with eight legs splayed out in all directions. The eyes of the goat and snakes glowed with a golden shimmer that was almost blinding from the right angle. Ziedonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Ziedon

Ziedon stands a little under six feet tall and is relatively thin. He has a neatly trimmed black beard and mustache which stand out considerably against his pale skin. His hazel eyes seem to see everything around him. Ziedon's white hair is cut short in the traditional townsman's style. Ziedon's garb is of a well-to-do townsman. He normally wears a thin, off-white shirt with eleven pairs of wooden knobs and strings in the front with a brown and green band of cloth was laid across his sh…
had to look twice to convince himself that the snakes weren't actually living beings of metal, writing around the goat.

The rest of the room was bare. There was no sitting room on the huge, sand-strewn floor, and no furniture along the walls. Nothing but the massive Sign of Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Morenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
hung from the heavy oak beams of the ceiling… except one thing, and Ziedonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Ziedon

Ziedon stands a little under six feet tall and is relatively thin. He has a neatly trimmed black beard and mustache which stand out considerably against his pale skin. His hazel eyes seem to see everything around him. Ziedon's white hair is cut short in the traditional townsman's style. Ziedon's garb is of a well-to-do townsman. He normally wears a thin, off-white shirt with eleven pairs of wooden knobs and strings in the front with a brown and green band of cloth was laid across his sh…
almost missed it. Suspended just barely out of view above the door were three covered lanterns, their light focused by mirrors to create the glowing effect on the Sign of Morenthplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Morenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
's eight eyes. So it was fake, but it was the most impressive, imposing fake Ziedonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Ziedon

Ziedon stands a little under six feet tall and is relatively thin. He has a neatly trimmed black beard and mustache which stand out considerably against his pale skin. His hazel eyes seem to see everything around him. Ziedon's white hair is cut short in the traditional townsman's style. Ziedon's garb is of a well-to-do townsman. He normally wears a thin, off-white shirt with eleven pairs of wooden knobs and strings in the front with a brown and green band of cloth was laid across his sh…
had ever seen136plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Appeared or occurred in:

Turn 136: Desecrating the House

In the morning, Ziedon woke up to an icy breeze -- again -- and lashed out. “Who keeps opening that damned window? I was freezing all night long.”

Kreemon stood up and stretched. “Sorry. I like the fresh air.”

“Well bloody hell. I am not going to be much use to anyone if I catch a cold, now am I? And what about
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At the end of the entrance hall is the door to the main chapel (or sanctuary). A side door leads to the reading rooms (or meeting rooms).

The Chapel

A large room with a marble floor, opening off of the entrance hall148plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Appeared or occurred in:

Turn 148: The Dream World

At the safe house, Ziedon unloaded his gear and then went through some stretching exercises to relieve his sore muscles. “Where is Kreemon?” he asked Korisca.

“He's out finding a place on the other side of town, in case we have to split. Ziedon, what was all that out there? I've never seen anything like it. That priest
. Morenthiansplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Morenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
may only enter this room and most others after undergoing the purification ritual.

Meeting Rooms

There are two public meeting rooms (also referred to as reading rooms). One must pass through both of them to reach the library. Each room has a large table. Past the meeting rooms is a long hallway, which eventually branches. One path leads to a door twenty feet beyond the branch, and another leads to the stairwell.

The stairwell

A small round room, decorated with abstract depictions of animals being slaughtered by preditors, with a spiral staircase that goes up and down. Three straight hallways lead out from the room at the bottom of the stairs, spread out evenly along the circumference136plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Appeared or occurred in:

Turn 136: Desecrating the House

In the morning, Ziedon woke up to an icy breeze -- again -- and lashed out. “Who keeps opening that damned window? I was freezing all night long.”

Kreemon stood up and stretched. “Sorry. I like the fresh air.”

“Well bloody hell. I am not going to be much use to anyone if I catch a cold, now am I? And what about
. One of those halls leads to the library.

He followed the hallway to the end, turned right, and followed another hallway to a pair of heavy double doors. He knew from Forgolonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Forgolon

Description

The minstrel was tall and well-built. He had a developed moustache, although not so developed as Sahlman's, and the beginnings of a beard. The man wore baggy pants, and a loose vest. There were numerous places where he could have been hiding a small dagger or knife, and
's map that, beyond these doors, he would find a small entryway, another staircase, and then the library itself.136plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Appeared or occurred in:

Turn 136: Desecrating the House

In the morning, Ziedon woke up to an icy breeze -- again -- and lashed out. “Who keeps opening that damned window? I was freezing all night long.”

Kreemon stood up and stretched. “Sorry. I like the fresh air.”

“Well bloody hell. I am not going to be much use to anyone if I catch a cold, now am I? And what about

Library

The great Morenthianplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Morenth

Morenth's theology revolves around the simple idea that the entire universe belongs to him, and humanity is barely worthy to bask in his radiant presence. Those who refuse to acknowledge this simple, self-evident fact heretics, and deserve punishment or death. There is no repentance for heretics
library, one floor below the sanctuary and a two to four minute walk from the entrance, is a mysterious place. Access is severely restricted, and even the most influential people in Maelbourgplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Maelbourg

[This map is obviously missing a lot. There aren't huge open spaces in Maelbourg.]

Maelbourg is a walled town in the Barony of Huerten, with a population of approximately six thousand. Its primary exports are textiles, wool and coal, the last of which it acquires from deposits in the nearby hills. The land on which the town sits was added to maelbourg index
are only allowed to read specific books under the supervision of a priest. Ziedonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Ziedon

Ziedon stands a little under six feet tall and is relatively thin. He has a neatly trimmed black beard and mustache which stand out considerably against his pale skin. His hazel eyes seem to see everything around him. Ziedon's white hair is cut short in the traditional townsman's style. Ziedon's garb is of a well-to-do townsman. He normally wears a thin, off-white shirt with eleven pairs of wooden knobs and strings in the front with a brown and green band of cloth was laid across his sh…
found two books, a legal text and a history of some small, forgotten region, written in the same language as his spellbook134plugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Appeared or occurred in:

Turn 134: Korisca's Claim to Townsmanship

In the morning, Ziedon gave Korisca some money. “I am famished,” he said. “Would you please be a dear and go get us something warm and filling to eat? You could also see if there are any rumors about last night, or any news. In the meantime, I need to review some of my notes. Please do not disturb me.
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The library has a heavy wooden door, which drags when opened. The door must be lifted slightly to open it quietly. It opens to a short, granite staircase, which leads down into the library proper. The oddly shaped library is a maze of bookshelves, some ten feet high in areas where the uneven ceiling is lofted, and others only six feet high, attached both to floor and ceiling. Some of the taller bookshelves have old ladders leaning against them, or stepping stools nearby. Independent shelves are attached haphazardly to the walls. All the shelves are heavily loaded with books.

Ziedonplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big Ziedon

Ziedon stands a little under six feet tall and is relatively thin. He has a neatly trimmed black beard and mustache which stand out considerably against his pale skin. His hazel eyes seem to see everything around him. Ziedon's white hair is cut short in the traditional townsman's style. Ziedon's garb is of a well-to-do townsman. He normally wears a thin, off-white shirt with eleven pairs of wooden knobs and strings in the front with a brown and green band of cloth was laid across his sh…
took a very old book from a far corner of the library, which contained a magic ribbon.