.:| Quote |:.
"Duty is doing what must be done, regardless of what others may think."
-- Kierath Ranamor
.:| Vornae Proverbs |:.
"I no naka no kawazu taikai o shirazu."
A frog in a well does not know the great sea.
"Ame futte chi katamaru"
After the rain, earth hardens
.:| Libraries |:.
The Grimoire of Shadows Gifts
In October 606 ER, near the town of Blackwell, the following letter was found along with a book...a Grimoire of ancient rituals. While the actual book has been safely secured, a shorthand transcription of its contents is available here, along with the letter that accompanied it.
While researching some ancient books, teaching materials, treatises, and various other documents, I came across something which I thought you might find particularly interesting, considering the sorts of things for which you've been recently searching.
It was in very poor condition, but through tireless effort on my part, I was able to successfully clean it up and restore it to some sort of legible and usable form once again. It took quite a bit of effort, I must say, and not a small amount of difficulty, considering that I was required to find a professional book-binder and persuade him to train me in his arts so that I could restore the item to which I've already referred. I'm pleased to announce, however, that it is in perfectly suitable condition now, thanks to my diligence. But, as you're no doubt aware about me, I'm the soul of brevity and conciseness, henceforth I'll not refer to my efforts to repair this item again.
The item to which I've obliquely referred already is a grimoire. The Grimoire of Shadows' Gifts, in fact. The title is somewhat misleading, as grimoires, historically, deal not only with magical spells, but with beasts and all sorts of creatures, as well as a plethora of other esoterica. This Grimoire, however, only contains very ancient magic spells. The Grimoire is so old I've not found any references to it in any of my ancient documents. It's quite an academic find, I must say, and extremely exciting to an old Librarian who's sole passion is knowledge, both the discovery of new knowledge, the re-discovery of old knowledge, and the organization of all knowledge so that anyone wishing to learn will be able to locate any treatises, essays, researches, or any sorts of other recorded knowledge in the subject in which they find themselves engaging.
The spells contained within this Grimoire are extremely powerful in their effects, as well as being extremely powerful, and dangerous I must say, in their requirements. Many of the components of the spells are difficult if not nigh impossible to acquire, and the costs to the caster's spirit is indisputably high. So high, in fact, that according to my studies and specialized knowledges, any mere mortal attempting any of these spells could expect to have their spirits completely destroyed upon the completion of any one spell. With your special properties, however, I am confident that you could survive the abysmal costs to your spirit and receive the full benefits from these ancient rituals. I feel, however, that I must caution you sternly, for even though I believe you can survive the rituals, the successful completion of these rituals will take a nearly-unbearably heavy toll upon you.
I urge you to proceed with caution and aplomb, and weigh the benefits to the costs very carefully before you cast these ancient magics. Oh, and allow me to say, just as an interesting bit of arcane knowledge, that these rituals are not in any way tied, or even related to, any other planes. Rather, the creator of this decidedly intriguing Grimoire apparently chose the name solely for its aesthetic qualities.