Maestro Ervil Pendrod's book collection
This peices of this collection of books and notes were found in two places, a corner of the Inn’s bar and in the only occupied room.
The books of this collection are as listed; Iobarian Prehistory, The Centaur Skyles of Central Casmaron, The Untold Heritage of the Taldan Armies of Exploration, the Secrets of the Rashalka Mounds, and a small reference library.
In the reference library is a centuries-old geography book created by one Carmyn e’Brothasa, chronicler of Taldor’s Third Army of Exploration into the north. One passage is marked by Maestro Pendrod and reproduced in Pendrod’s own handwriting in the margin. The text contains a simple but strange note: “Vordakai—perhaps a Nomen centaur god?”
One of the more prominent notes read, “And so it was, high upon the Torres and well above the Vale’s Stairs, where rises from the high water a stony isle of dire report. Known as Vordakai’s Island to those that do live thereabout, some legend of its name doth come down through the locals. For they speak of a guardian that doth destroy all who would set foot upon its accursed shores. They did name no fewer than a twelve count of their hero-knights who had left their bones upon its rocky shores over the years after having tested their mettle against its dread warden, ’til none would any longer go there for fear of its hidden terrors. And the name of this terror was given unto this Island.”
Maestro Pendrod’s collection of books could be sold to a bookdealer for as much as 900 gp, though they might question how the PCs came by books that bear the professor’s own sigil as well as that of the Kitharodian Academy on the inside cover.
The entire city of Varnhold is abandoned including its inn, the Water Horse. The first thing our group notice upon approaching the front door of the inn was a single word hastily scratched into the wood of the front door in Common, “NOMEN.” The carving appears relatively new. These books were found in the only occupied room.
One book, the Secrets of the Rashalka Mounds, was found in the hands of a giant-sized spriggan who was paralized by a sepia snake sigil spell. The back of the creature’s skull was bashed in.
Among these works is an incomplete ethnography of the indigenous tribes of the Iobarian steppes was working on a section on the Rashalka centaurs and speculated that a local tribe called the Nomens is an offshoot of the greater Rashalka population that broke away and relocated to the area of Varnhold at some time in the distant past. Mixed in with the books are a number of charcoal sketches of a heavy jade bracelet bearing peculiar markings that Maestro Pendrod has attributed to the premigration Nomen centaurs.
At the bottom of the stack sits a letter dated 2 months ago from Maegar Varn and addressed to Maestro Pendrod. This letter describes a discovery by a man named Willas, of the jade “bracelet” on the banks of a “river of local provenance” and requests Pendrod’s presence for further study of the artifact. The “bracelet” itself, however, is nowhere to be found.
These have been returned to their rightful owner.