House of Knowledge

After the cataclysm, leadership of the reduced
flock at the House of Knowledge fell to Brother
Anthus, an elderly human interested in studying the
Chasm and the Spellplague-touched creatures that
came from it. His research led to the temple’s use as a
haven for Spellplague sufferers, which did not please
the Lord Protector. After Anthus’s death under mysterious
circumstances, a young woman in residence
known as the Prophet relocated the makeshift hospital
and the remaining clerics of Oghma to Helm’s
Hold, claiming a prophesied disaster would befall the
city if she did not.

Only one priest remained after the Prophet’s
departure- Loremaster Atlavast, a middle-aged
human who became the custodian of the library after
the cataclysm. Fearing the worst as the cataclysm
occurred, the loremasters of the temple sealed the
inner sanctum, leaving the young Atlavast sealed
within. As the ground shuddered and shook, Atlavast’s
mind grew unstable. Now grown into an eccentric
recluse, Atlavast keeps to the lower vaults, continually
cataloguing and reorganizing. He is rarely glimpsed
these days, and the main evidence of his existence
is the occasional flickering light that filters up from
cracks in the cobblestones in the dead of night. As a
rule, no one ventures closer to investigate.

After the Prophet departed, the badly damaged
temple stood empty and abandoned until recently,
when a handful of squatters moved back into the
House. These refugees from the River District earn
their keep by ringing the temple’s bells when they
sight a new wave of monstrosities spilling from the
Chasm toward the Wall. Lord Neverember is said to
be quite pleased with their resourcefulness, and the
Mintarn mercenaries that guard the Wall are known
to stop by with small gifts of food and drink to show
their appreciation.

House of Knowledge

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