Places of Power: Forgotten Athenaeum

Centuries ago, the librarians of the Athenaeum of Tirinos saved thousands of precious tomes and scrolls from the book-burning legions of an invading army. Casting a powerful ritual, they whisked the entire library and its grounds away to safety on another plane of existence. Today, the Forgotten Athenaeum remains on the Astral Plane, collecting and preserving blasphemous texts, uncomfortable truths and dangerous lore. Using a hidden network of portals, visitors travel to the library from across the multiverse to browse its shelves and uncover its many secrets. This great wealth of knowledge attracts both innocent scholars and academics as well as unscrupulous spies and rogues.


The next time your PCs need to track down an obscure piece of information, why not send them to the Forgotten Athenaeum?


Notable Locations

Part of the Forgotten Athenaeum comprises locations of little interest to adventurers. Several locations, however, are notable:

  1. Entrance Hall: The original entrance to the Athenaeum is rarely used, and the two pairs of double doors are firmly barred from the inside.
  2. Atrium: Statues of gods and goddesses of knowledge from a variety of cultures and worlds decorate this impressive atrium. Marble stairs lead to the upper level.
  3. Hall of History: Rows of shelves rising to the ceiling contain the Athenaeum’s collection of books and scrolls covering the history and cultures of hundreds of different cities, kingdoms and empires, both well-known and long-forgotten.
  4. Dormitory: The Athenaeum’s librarians sleep in simple bunk beds in this large dormitory. Stairs lead down to a basement filled with crates of books that await cataloguing.
  5. Restricted Section: This locked area contains the Athenaeum’s most dangerous volumes, including necromantic tomes, books that send the reader insane and wicked demonologies.
  6. Bibliognost’s Office: Erasmus Spyridon, the Athenaeum’s chief librarian, uses this chaotic, book-filled chamber as his office, private reading room and sleeping quarters. He says he knows where everything is.
  7. Hall of the Gods: This room is dedicated to blasphemous and heretical religious texts, as well as the holy scriptures of many obscure and largely forgotten gods.
  8. Hall of the Multiverse: This section of the library holds hundreds of volumes describing the many different worlds and planes of the multiverse. Librarians and visitors use the reading desks here to study or make copies of the texts.
  9. Hall of Nature: Filled with bestiaries, books of trees, plants and herbs and maps and charts of strange lands, this room focuses on the natural world.
  10. Hall of Arcana: The rows of shelves in this chamber contain both treatises on magic and a small number of spellbooks and scrolls. The most dangerous arcane tomes are kept in the Restricted Section.
  11. Common Room: Both librarians and visitors to the Athenaeum like to come to this room to unwind and socialise after a hard day’s study in the library.
  12. Guest Quarters: Visitors to the library sleep in this simply furnished communal dormitory.

Praise for Forgotten Athenaeum

“The place is clever, easy to integrate into a given campaign, and while I slightly bemoan how much text is spent on its genesis, I can see the necessity. This place, in short, is a really cool sidetrek/goal-destination that can make PCs enter an otherwise unrelated dungeon…”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars; SNE version)



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