Erdaneos once stood as a great city north of the Crystal Fields, but it became too difficult to maintain its population during a yearslong drought. Erdaneos was all but completely abandoned. However, the city’s famous library remains, maintained by a handful of librarians, sages, akashics and scholars. The leader of the cause and headmaster of the Library of Erdaneos is a devoted human champion named Hanrel Tannison.
- The Library itself is a fabulous place, housing many of the most devoted sages, scholars and akashics. Lore and written records cover even its walls, floor, and ceiling, though most of its knowledge is recorded in the form of books and scrolls. Despite what one might think, most of the information contained in the library does not pertain to magic – its librarians did not discriminate, and the shelves are filled with texts pertaining to history, agriculture, ceremonies, engineering, and countless other subjects. Of course, it has a well-stocked arcane section, as well.
- The Blasted Cow, named in memory of an interesting magical accident years ago, is the only still-functioning inn in the city, hosting the travelers who come to the city in search of lost lore, and serving alcohol and food to the permanent residents. Run by an eccentric Loresong named Elod Crystalflame, the inn is famous for serving drinks delivered magically by Elod’s Hand of the Mage. Rooms are plenty, but the place is poorly isolated, so in winter guests sleep in the common room by the fire. The inn is famous for Elod’s specialty, apple cake.
- The Plaza of Memories is a huge plaza, nearby the library itself. Here, huge frescoes detail scenes from the Dramohj War. Many are chipped and ruined, but the Plaza still has plenty of sights to see, and scholars still study the images carefully, looking for symbolism and hidden messages. A mysterious statue of a robed woman is here; akashics believe she was a runechild, as no information turns up about her in the Akashic Memory. Her identity is lost to time, and the faen refer to her as the Goddess of Nameless Heroes.
- The Bronze Fountain provides the citizens with water. Powered by ancient spells, the fountain does not draw water from the depths of the earth but rather produces it by means of a permanent spell; during the drought, it was the only reliable source of water in town. It’s still where citizens go to fetch water for their households, and a natural meeting place for those who live outside the library.