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100 Books to Find in Ghelspad


Books can be useful and they can be valuable. They may be an important source of useful knowledge and contain hidden secrets. Not every book finds into that sort of category, though. Some books may contain misinformation, some may not be scholarly works at all. This supplement contains 100 books of this type that GameMasters can use to flesh out a bookshelf with less relevant material. They cover a variety of subjects, including fiction, and are about Ghelspad in the Scarred Lands setting. As well as some more general books on history and society, these books cover Albadia, Ankila, Calastia, Darakeene, the Drifting Isle, Dunahnae, Durrover, the Fangsfall Peninsula, the Gleaming Valley, the Heteronomy of Virduk and Karria. In a fantasy setting, even a less than useful book will be worth something, perhaps 1-6 gp.

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Here are some sample results:

  • Provinces of Darakeene by Opinia Erstwal (Accounts and descriptions of the different provinces and what they produce)
  • Reavers of the Blood Sea by Reperia Polston (A less than entirely accurate account of the pirates and reavers that plague the Blood Sea)
  • Rise and Fall of the Charduni by Rymak Delong (How the Empire of the Charduni rose, only to fall in the opening stages of the Divine War)
  • Rise of the Hegemony by Abadd Gherrin (How Calastia started its rise to power, beginning with the Empire of Elz)
  • Roaming the Drifting Isle by Pallis Queron (A book covering some of the notable features on the isle)

One page is the front cover, one the front matter and one the Open Game License.

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October 11th, 2021
Great ressource for the Scarred Lands, full of nice ideas for a random book in any Scarred Lands game. Bonus point, it also doubles as a random NPC name generator if you only take the names of the authors of these books, so it's really nice. [...]
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September 29, 2021
This title was added to our catalog on October 02, 2021.