Irnard Rirnil Letters to the Mages Guild

First Letter to the Mages Guild, Draft Copy

To: Grivier Adrad, Second Secretary to Archmagister Emeritus Vanus Galarion
From: Irnard Rirnil, Adept
Regarding: Work at the Scholarium

Greetings to the secretary and to the archimagister!

This is to inform you that our work within the Scholarium has begun, and we recognize that the task ahead will both be challenging and time-consuming. The libraries here, uncovered by Votary Nahlia and her heroic associate, may rival those of legendary Apocrypha itself for the ancient knowledge they contain.

However, many of the tomes are in forgotten languages or written in magical script. A few are in secret code, or even some combination of the three. As a result, a great deal of effort will be required before we fully identify and unlock their many secrets.

Please consult the list (sent by separate courier) of more recent tomes and histories that we can use here to check against those found in the Scholarium. Such cross-checking is vital for us to determine both the truth of the oldest tales and to see how those stories have evolved over time.

Thank you for your time and attention in this matter. May Magnus watch over us.

Irnard Rirnil, Adept

Second Letter to the Mages Guild, Draft Copy

To: Grivier Adrad, Second Secretary to Archmagister Emeritus Vanus Galarion
From: Irnard Rirnil, Adept
Regarding: Work at the Scholarium

Greetings to the secretary and the archimagister!

Thank you for the tomes included in the last shipment. They have been most useful in helping us translate and cross-check many of the editions we have already uncovered. We have found tomes in Old Aldermeris, Atmoran, Yokudan, the Nedic languages, and even variations of Orcish. We’ve even uncovered metal plates covered with Dwemer runes, but confirming this and deciphering them will require extensive research.

Work proceeds slowly on the cataloging and translation of the works. Part of it is due the environment—the Scholarium itself has been plagued with high humidity and water damage, and many of the more ancient volumes are in perilous condition, suffering from decay.

In addition, there was a plague of booklice and paper weevils in the western wing that has damaged some irreplaceable volumes. This is no doubt a function of the lengthy period the Scholarium spent in the Shivering Isles! I’ve attached (in a separate message) a new copy of my treatise on Daedric realms and their impact on Nirnian pest creatures. I’m sure you’ll find it a most enjoyable read!

I have also passed along a request (sent by separate messenger) for a variety of cleansers and preservation supplies. Arresting the immediate damage is only part of the current challenges, as even the most pristine books are in a delicate condition, and we must take utmost care in their protection.

Thank you for your time and attention in this matter. May Magnus watch over us.

Irnard Rirnil, Adept

Third Letter to the Mages Guild, Draft Copy

To: Grivier Adrad, Second Secretary to Archmagister Emeritus Vanus Galarion
From: Irnard Rirnil, Adept
Regarding: Ongoing Work at the Scholarium

Greetings to the secretary and the archimagister!

Thank you for the cleaning supplies and preservation spells. They have made quite a difference in resolving the many problems that have arisen in maintaining these ancient texts. I will send along some transcriptions of the oldest works for your consideration, but strongly recommend that unique volumes remain within the Scholarium. They are quite fragile with age, to the point that some disintegrate when the covers are first opened.

In addition to the delicate volumes, the adepts have been challenged by the state of storage and shelving. Some shelves have practically rotted out through the intermittent dampness. Others suffer from dry rot to the point that an entire shelving unit collapsed the other evening, almost crushing poor Votary Nahlia!

We’ve also found a number of unreadable volumes, and the adepts are split as whether they contain highly personal magical notations or some sort of cipher used to secure their secrets.

My personal opinion is that we are looking at some sort of heretofore unknown Ehinofex daughter language, which, if proven true, would be revolutionary for understanding of pre-Nedic tongues. Ehinofex and its descendant languages are another personal interest of mine, as you are no doubt aware, and I’ve sent along a new copy of my paper on the descendant declensional pathway that leads from the earliest languages to the poetry of Ayleidoon-era Elves. I hope to hear from you soon what you think!

In any case, I will continue to keep you apprised as to our progress. Thank you for your time and attention in this matter. May Magnus watch over us.

Irnard Rirnil, Adept

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