Tales from the Fallen Gate
The kings and queens of House Onther are not remembered well in Quodeth, but they did one thing right: They established the Onther Tower, a library where learned men and women can share their wisdom. Access is free for individuals who are accredited through the good graces of the Peacock Throne; in practice, this means that a hefty bribe must be put in the hands of the panjandrums who administer the Tower and safeguard its collection. More than once bold bands of thieves have slipped into Onther Tower to pilfer some old map or mysterious scroll to further their own larcenous ends, so the place is well guarded, day and night.
Most of the books, scrolls, and maps assembled here are perfectly harmless, but there are rumors that tomes of dark sorcery are securely locked away within the Tower’s deepest vaults. Access to these hidden collections can only be approved by the Master of the Tower, the panjandrum Tormal Vorzin. A vain and quarrelsome old man, Master Tormal is too wealthy to be easily bribed.