|Floating Obscurer (3)|
is a special mechanic in the
Labyrinth Library. Every time a party member damages or destroys a
book OR gains Wrath as specified in each Encounter. The more Wrath
the players gain, the darker and more dangerous the Library gets.
Several books animate and fly from shelf to shelf, reorganizing
themselves as needed. If you pick one of the books out of the air the
party gains 1 Wrath.
Cool Fountain sits in the middle of a small circular room of books.
It is pure drinking water, but otherwise has no special properties.
<Wrath is 4 or Greater>
Fountain is replaced with foul smelling green water. The water burns
your tongue terribly and deals 1 point of Con damage if drunk.
Book of Mouths. Magic book on a
podium. The book is tied to the podium with a silver chain. Removing
it from this chain will incur 1 Wrath.
Each page has a mouth drawn upon it, which can come alive. Roll d6
for a random page;
Fat Woman's Mouth- Sings Opera. Loud enough to crack glass equipment
or items, roll for random Encounter.
Mouth- Snarls and bites the reader, save or take 1d6 damage
Mouth- The Sorcerer Mouth casts 'Charm
Person' on whoever
opens the book to this page, trying to get them to remove the book
from the podium.
Mouth. Sounds like hissing to everyone in the party except the most
dishonest. The snake mouth tells them about ,
but asks them not to share.
Mouth. Laughs, party feels oddly relieved. Removes -1 Wrath.
up mouth. Depending on Wrath;
or less) Doesn't speak.
Makes dire prophecy
or more) Screams dealing 2d6 damage to party
Ordinary looking bookshelf with
a silver trim. There is a large red book on the shelf which has a
hallowed out middle that holds a gold chain studded with rubies and
sapphires. Worth 600 g.
Leering faces peek out from
between book shelves. The book shelves are pressed against the wall.
While creepy they actually are quite talkative and will give the
is 2 or Greater>
faces will give directions but will always try to lead the party
towards  or 
either on the way to their destination or lying to claim it is their
Small Maze-like section of the
library that seems eager to trap people within. It only takes 1 Turn
to find your way back out of it, but trying to break through the
white-paneled walls as a shortcut will gain the party +1 Wrath.
No matter how many times the party smashes through the walls here
they still only gain a single point of Wrath.
is 2 or Greater>
shifts its position and seems generally darker and more cluttered.
Takes 1d4 turns to find yourself out.
is 4 or Greater>
The maze has become bitch black and Dark
creatures inhabit it. Roll 1d4 Darklings to attack every turn you are
in this maze, takes 2d4 turns to find your way out.
+1 AC, d6 shadow claws)
Darklings appear to have physical
and solid shapes but defy any kind of description or sorting out.
Light makes them recoil and if cornered somewhere they will simply
die instead of being known. Light spells deal damage equal to caster
level if used on the Darklings.
as a regular hallway but with a gigantic guillotine trap, that comes
out between two shelves. The trap deals 1d8+1 damage; save vs
traps/agility to avoid. Resets itself after 1 turn unless permanently
disabled by a skilled person.
Hall. Long table set in center of library, books piled to the sides
to make room for past meals. Underneath the table about halfway down
is a iron dagger bound with a strap to the underside of the great
table. Within this dagger is a smaller golden dagger that can only be
opened with a twisting motion. Worth 80 gold.
<3 Wrath or Greater>
Several friendly hobbits manage a
nearby oven and offer meat pies to the player characters. The meat is
very obviously rancid and possibly of human origin. If refused the
Halflings will attack (stats as goblin, 1d6+1 Halflings)
In the center of a small outlet in the Labyrinth lies the corpse of
the old librarian. An elder human with a purple sash, ripped and torn
by claws. On his body is a silver chain and 1d6x10 copper pieces in a
his body does not incur Wrath, but burying him in the dirt outside
the library or in 
from the party.
Floorboards of the library torn up to reveal dirt underneath, with
large trees around the room. The trees are 'growing' books, with tiny
unripened books being terribly misspelled and poorly paced penny
dreadfuls, while fully ripe books fall off, revealing a random volume
on matters such as philosophy, poetry, or natural sciences.
scholarly characters who examine the books and know of literature
will notice that the books are not wholly original, but instead
regrowth of ancient books once held within the library, as if growing
to replace the damaged, destroyed and pilfered books of the library.
Damage to the booktrees causes 1 immediate Wrath.
One tree has upon a branch a
golden apple. You do not gain any Wrath for taking it, but it is high
<Wrath of 4 or more>
The book trees groan angrily at
the party as they approach. If they don't leave immediately, the
trees summon forth a random Encounter to attack.
Section. Several spellbooks lay behind a locked glass case. This can
be opened either by the Minotaur Librarian or by conventional means.
Smashing the glass also works, but incurs 1 Wrath.
spellbooks within contain random 1st,
level spells, 1d6 of each level. Additionally there is a black book
that contains 1d4 higher level spells, one of which includes
similar high level damage spell.
Included in this black book is
instruction such the spell can be cast by using one lower spell slot
category (and therefore cast by a less experienced magic user), but
casting the spell this way deals 1 Constiution damage to the caster.
This is not expressly told in the book.
<2 Wrath or Greater>
One of the books on the shelf is
replaced with a Book Golem, which activates either when opened or
removed from the shelf and ignored for a moment.
HD, +2 to Hit, 2 attacks, holds 2 paper swords; deals d4 damage, weak
The Book Golem unfolds from
the book with the center of its chest being the opened book as sort
of a breastplate. The paper that makes up its body is unnaturally
thick and hard to injure, but it is as easy to light on fire as any
Killing or damaging the Golem does
not incur any Wrath.
Librarian's Home. Large cottage built in some forgotten aisle of the
library. Breaking into his house and/or stealing any of his things
make him gain 2 Wrath, but ONLY for purposes of calculating his Wrath
based abilities and mechanics.
The home is sparse but contains a
few (1d6+1) engraved ivory drinking horns, worth 10 gold each.
Additionally, the Minotaur's battle axe is here, which is a d10 great
Minotaur Librarian. He is browsing a random aisle of the library,
nearly ignoring the party unless they make enough noise. He is
scholarly, honorable and talkative and will discuss any books or
academic subjects at length.
As long as the party does not
anger him by breaking into his house, stealing his things or
attacking him, and as long as they remain <4 Wrath points, he will
be extremely helpful and even guide the players towards parts of the
library or open locked doors for them.
He will not engage any of the
monsters of the library and will instead pretend not to notice,
refusing to comment on it if pressed.
<Wrath of 4 or Greater>
Minotaur goes berserk and seeks to destroy the party. Add him to the
wandering monster encounters from now on.
equal to number of party Wrath points. + to hit and AC equal to HD,
d10 battleaxe damage once he retrieves it)
desk that has a floating magic quill, writing on its own. Taking the
quill or speaking in this area will anger the resident
who attacks the loudest person in the party.
The quill itself is magic and
writes whatever is said to it, but anyone speaking overwrites the
last thing it was told to write. It writes at normal writing speed
and if broken ceases to work.
(1HD, +3 AC, invisible, d4 claw attack)
Nearly powerless demon that can
only tempt people to sin by whispering things into their ears.
Clerics get a +2 to turning attempts against this weak-willed demon.
Currently writing strongly-worded
letters to the nearest king in an attempt to get him to cheat on his
wife with the queen of the trolls. He can't find his way out of the
dungeon and has messed up the letter so many times that he will
attack anyone who breaks his concentration.
<Wrath of 4 or Greater>
The demon has become a much more powerful Tempter, gaining +1 HD and being able to cast Charm on party members.
The Table of Contents. Large leather bound book on a stool. This book
gives directions to the location of every single mundane and common
book in the library. If the players have any subject in mind, they
can follow the table of contents to find it and take it. This does
not cover for 'rare' books or magic books, which are a separate
if the table of contents is damaged or destroyed in the player's
position, even by accident, 1 Wrath
Fairytale escaped from a book. The area around the party shifts to
reflect generic stories of knights and castles, talking animals,
fairies, princesses and dragons, and so on. This still takes place in
the Library, but books are stacked like castles, a gremlin is forced
into a pink dress, etc.
The Fairytale will try to get the
party members to play out a famous or silly tale that wastes 2d4
turns to play out fully, and will require at least one acting check
(roll d20 + charisma bonus vs Fairytale health) to end.
can only deal d4 damage but can mess things up in other ways,
noncorporeal- manipulates reality.)
You can end the Fairytale by
either playing along or derailing the story so much and corrupting it
that it gives up. Each time you do derail or mess up the story you
deal 1d6+charisma bonus damage.
The Fairytale can summon a monster
with 1HD once per turn and can move objects or items, as well as deal
d4 damage from 'accidents' around you if you anger it.
Add +1 to damage AND number of
monsters it can summon at once per point of Wrath
hovel. Home of the gremlin book stockers, its just a nasty camp of
old discarded metal and fabric.
The gremlins constantly hide and
steal from each other, but always hide their valuables under their
beds so they don't teach the other gremlins any new hiding places
after they steal back stuff.
have 2d10 copper coins and a golden key, one of which opens the Tome
Books, locked in a room behind an iron door. The keys to this case
are only found on the Minotaur Librarian, and this is the one room he
refuses to open for the party members. Sneaking in other ways is also
possible. No matter how you enter this room the library rejects your
presence here and you gain 1 Wrath.
Within this room are 2d6 tomes of
great power but also treachery and darkness, each one of them is
worth 1d6x100 gold if returned and sold on the open market. One of
the book details the worst thing in the world, a monster so horrible
that merely uttering its name will summon it. Another book teaches
the exact secret and process of turning a necromancer into a lich.
Tome of Turmoil
is also in the room; locked with its own golden lock, and warns on
the front cover to not open the book under any circumstances. (Check
sub-table if opened)
Pals. Ghostly figures of people appear floating in and out of books,
call to players to write about them.
Every line the player writes about
the spirits, or giving the spirit a personality, appearance, or
fictional life story and skills will make that part of the spirit's
being from now on, and also drains 1d4 of a random stat from the
The spirits beg to be made more
and more real by writing more and more. They promise to be helpful as
well- following the players about and levitating their personal book.
If denied too long they will wail and cause a random encounter.
only way to destroy the spirits once written about is to either
destroying their book (1 Wrath)
or write the spirit's own personality or 'story' into a corner,
which makes them cease to exist.
Additionally, if any party member
dies before the book spirits are destroyed, or if a total of 20+ stat
points are dumped into them, the spirits will combine into a real
life person of random gender, race, age and class with some skills
and traits in the written passages. Replacement PC
wing of the library with extremely heavy and confusing books. Entire
books are written in highly flowery and nonsensical script, often
with ink-heavy childish doodles in the margins of the pages.
Each book is actually written with
ink that is partially gold. Burning the books and sifting the ashes
will find the gold in tiny flakes, or a chemical concoction made by
an alchemist can congeal the ink into lumps of pure gold.
are 20 volumes and each volume is worth about 5 gold coins worth in
gold. Destroying the books inside the library will cause Wrath.
only way for party members to identify the books as containing gold
is to have some way to detect treasure, to learn about it in The
History of the Library Labyrinthine (Restricted
Book section) or to naturally deduce it from how the books are
heavier then same sized books with regular ink.
The Editor. Powerful Wizard who lives within the library, unable to
leave due to predilection towards books and text. The Editor is
insane and is looking for 'students' (Students
He is also known to cast permanent but minor transformation spells to
the party's appearances or equipment if he thinks they are 'better
that way', such as changing the fighter's fiery-red hair to become
naturally blond, making the female characters bustier, straightening
the old witch's crooked nose, etc.
of the Pen Pals and seeking many of the unusual books in the library,
as well as means to access the Restricted Section. Can also sense the
level and will comment on it, warning them to leave if they reach 2-3
varied stats, casts powerful spells, gains +1 to damage per party
threatened the Editor will typical transform into a paper dragon,
which has +2 to hit and AC and has an 'ink' breath attack which
sticks to everything and makes stealth impossible. Weak to fire. Can
also turn into a bird or an ogre, casts Baleful
turns people to stone etc.
(2HD, +2 AC, d6 claw damage or casts a hex that deals 1d4 damage to
character Dexterity; causes swelling of joints)
Rail-thin creatures seemingly made
of just bones and skin, with thick and hard lumps where their joints
and hands are. Each one of them has a random number (1d4) eyes, that
they use to read as many books at once.
They chatter among themselves
about the latest news, poetry, and discoveries in the library in an
unspeakable alien dialect. For this reason it is very easy to sneak
up on them (+2 to sneaking)
Each point of
Wrath cause the ganglion scholars to deal +1 damage with claws and
Students of Iron (1
HD, +2 AC, +1 to hit, d6 rusted iron rods. Immune to transmutation
spells, polymorphing, and paralysis)
Robed apprentices with faces that
look covered in silver paint. Their face has actually been partially
transformed into Iron, meaning they can no longer speak or express
They wordlessly gather books,
materials, and fight a few other creatures of the library. As long as
the players do not interfere, they are neutral, but they will attempt
to take any MU characters spellbook or other books sought by the
editor by force if they see it or overhear the party talking about
One of the students will have a
golden face (+1 HD and AC) has the power to transform into a random
magic creature. (25% of each; Werewolf, Succubus, Troll, Giant Bee)
Each point of
Wrath causes another student of Iron to appear. At 4 or Greater Wrath
there will +1 additional golden faced students in each group.
Floating Obscurer (2
HD, -2 AC, constant flight, has poison breath attack dealing d4
damage per round it is breathed in. Lasts 1 round)
Fat, bulbous man with light green
putrid skin. Wears a fluffy and feathery outfit that has lost almost
all its color and shine due to age and decay. The man has has has
eyes stitched shut, and seems to fumble around, but can see just fine
even in dark places. It can often be seen rearranging books on the
shelves while cackling to itself, messing them up. Also likes to
punch any flying books out of the air, which flutter to the ground
like injured birds. This is a sign one is near.
The Obscurer likes to throw books
at the party and stay out of reach usually, but gets in close to use
his breath attack since it dissipates so quickly. If injured will
probably just fly over the shelves and retreat, laughing all the way.
Each point of Wrath makes the
Obscurer's gas last 1 round longer. At four or greater wrath, the
Obscurer releases a cloud of his smoke on death.
Stocker Gremlins (1
HD, stats as goblin but with d4 shivs and improvised weapons)
These Gremlins appear like small
goblins or kobolds but furred. Surprisingly well kept, but very
stupid. Cannot read, has a magical sense of where each book goes upon
The group of gremlins is tied via
chain and collar to a large iron push-cart. They pick up books and
return them to their proper place on the shelves, a job they despise.
They do not attack party members unless insulted or if the party
picks up any book in front of them and doesn't put it back; they can
speak common (poorly) as well as snippets of other languages.
Every Wrath causes the Gremlins to
gain +1 HP and become more aggressive. At 4 or more Wrath, the
gremlins have attached spikes to their cart and will try to ram it
into anyone in their way.
Book Worms (1HD,
d6 bite, can burrow and curl up inside a book to avoid an attack)
White worms roughly the size of a
cat. Some worms have tiny black markings on them that appear like
words as camouflage, but the letters are just jumbled up gibberish.
Tend to jump out of books that they use for nests and hiding places.
Killing the worms or their book
nests does not count for gaining more Wrath, as the worms already
ruined parts of the library.
Add another 1d4 worms per each
point of Wrath.
These generic skeletons have
flames within their skulls and put light out from their eyes at an
unnatural brightness and range.
If the party members already have
light sources the skeletons will be aggressive, if they do not the
skeletons will instead crowd around the party and simply try to
illuminate things for them.
Helpful skeletons are often
targeted by other monsters and traps of the Library. 50% chance one
of the friendly skeletons likes the party so much that they will
travel out of the Library with them and follow them anywhere they go,
lighting the way and no longer becoming aggressive even if
encountering lights brighter then his own.
If at 4 Wrath or Greater, the
skeletons will pretend to be friendly until the party need them most,
and then will extinguish their own lights and become regular
aggressive skeletons without light instead.
If the players open this Tome...
Add +1d6 Wrath
Chilling Scream is heard
throughout the entire Library Labyrinth
Conjure a random encounter at
their immediate location, ambushed
The Editor seeks to destroy them
and take the tome for himself.
All books carried by the party
members have their words scrambled.
Note; Scrambled Books include MU
books unless a Save vs Magic is made, which only protects their
personal spellbook. Regular books can be unscrambled at a rate of one
book per day of downtime, but spellbooks require one day per highest
level of spell within that book.
Additionally, for a number of days
equal to amount of Wrath they have when they leave the Library the
party will be unable to enter any Libraries or private book
collections of greater then 100 books or else they will be attacked
by conjured monsters from the Library itself.
The book can be sold to dark
Wizards for 10,000 gold or more, but it is rumored that within the
books mysterious pages are the secrets to starting the apocalypse.