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Library of the Divine Trinity

Regular Forum (No New Posts) Library & Classrooms
Venturing into the labyrinth of shelves is usually rather daunting for a first timer, and many are better off seeking a Bringer for assistance through the ceiling-high shelves that weave their way through the library. Among the books the outside world is muffled, and situated periodically throughout are plush chairs and sturdy tables for reading or simply reflecting on one's own thoughts. Many find serenity and relief among the stacks of books, their musty scent comforting and the silence welcoming compared to the constant hustle and bustle of the streets. Periodically the maze of shelves ends, most leading to dark, stained wooden doors with bronze numbers on the front to identify which room is which. The classrooms are lecture hall in style, but scaled down to admit only two dozen students. Instead of rank and file, the desks are arranged in a semi circle, the 'center' being used for the professor, with a black board behind it. Within the hallowed halls nearly any subject is taught, with a focus on the theological and historical. Grégoire Del Istolla, head librarian and founder of the Lightbringers, can usually be found deep within the labyrinth, pouring over new religious texts brought in, or preparing for his class on theology and comparative faith, while Demetrio Vasquez delves into texts on traditional healing methods, for his classes on healing.
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Regular Forum (No New Posts) Reception Hall & Shrine
Marble columns suspend the elevated ceiling of the entrance hall high above the heads of those who would enter the Library of the Divine Trinity. The floor is a simple mosaic, a flowing pattern that seemed to spiral ever outward while coiling back upon itself in a perfect harmony of white marble and pale blue stones. The open hall usually has a few armed guards on watch, and a receptionist or scribe, Sraxen Stoneshield doing some of his work here, seated behind the massive desk to the right of the doorway. Rothardan Lionheart is often at his post here, keep a wary eye on those entering the Library, and anyone trying to leave without registering the text and leaving the appropriate deposit. Roleun stands near as well, the days he tends to the stacks, leading groups of new students to their texts or classrooms. Ahead of the Hall is a large set of double doors, made of blue veined marble and usually kept ajar. They open onto the Shrine of the Divine Trinity: A place of worship dedicated to Threnody, Kieraline and Lothlómendil. A statue of each is placed equidistant around the chamber, set into a small enclave in the wall, and each surrounded by a mural of their temples. There is magic inherent in the very pigment of the paint, for as the seasons change outside the library so do the seasons change in the panoramic portrait. The cycle of the day is observed in the same fashion, the domed ceiling encompassing the very sky above the city.
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Regular Forum (No New Posts) Courtyard
At the heart of the labyrinth lays an open air courtyard. Thick glass doors open into the garden full of exotic plants and benches scattered about for public use, complete with a sizable pond with a beautifully sculpted fountain: Three female figures, back to back to back, each pouring water from an earthen vessel down into the pond, each a picturesque representation of a goddess from the divine trinity. The pond itself is teeming with fish, and a complex garden of various flowers and statues depicting either the goddess or other notable figures in the history of the faith surround it. The silence of the library grounds is only broken by the soft trickling of the water, and on a fair weather day folks are hard pressed to find a bench on which to sit and read. There are strict rules about taking books into the courtyard, however, and one has to take the utmost care of them, lest one of the Lightbringers ask them to leave. Professor Sky is most likely to be found here between classes, enjoying the serenity of the pond, and talking with students in her many classes.
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Regular Forum (No New Posts) Secret Rooms & Passages
Ceiling-high bookcases and an extensive labyrinth of twisting corridors makes for a tunnel-like system of hidden rooms for the Lightbringers to gather in for their purposes. Whether it be quickly bypassing parts of the library to get to the next lecture hall on time, or for secretive meetings regarding the other side of the Lightbringers and their goals on Eä, the many hidden chambers of the library are a closely guarded secret. Divine magics ward the secret doors of the Library, permitting only those who know of their existence and would enter under clear conscience within their walls. The magics are of such a sort that are not fooled by simple mental manipulation of the subject, thus negating both threats of harm or violence as incentive to open the chambers, and spells akin to Mental Domination or the like. The halls within the bookcases are slim, allowing only single file progress with ease, and are smooth and carved of thick, sound-dampening stone, making activity within imperceivable to those outside the halls. The rooms are kin to this, and used for many guild meetings, storage of rare or valuable artifacts, or temporary dwellings for members. Mr. and Mrs. Ráma have one set aside for them when they visit from Lómëdor, including a wider hallway allowing for a more comfortable movement, what with the wings and all.
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