Lelaras Kenivelson (CR 6)

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Lelaras Kenivelson, Owner and Principal Instructor
Male elf bard 4/ expert 3: CR 6; Medium humanoid (elf); Hit Dice 7d6; 24 hp; Init +1; Spd 30 ft. (6 squares); AC 11 (+1 Dex), 11 touch, 10 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +5/+5; Atk +6 melee (1d4, masterwork dagger) or +5 melee (1d3 non-lethal, unarmed); Full atk +6 melee (1d4, masterwork dagger) or +5 melee (1d3 non-lethal, unarmed); SA bardic music 4/day, spells; SQ +2 racial bonus on saves vs. enchantment spells and magical effects, +2 racial bonus to Listen, Search, and Spot checks, bardic knowledge +6, immunity to sleep spells and effects, low-light vision; AL NG; SV Fort +2, Reflex +6, Will +8; Str 11, Dex 13, Con 10, Int 15, Wis 12, Cha 14.
Skills and Feats: Appraise +7, Concentration +2, Decipher Script +12, Diplomacy +5, Forgery +5, Gather Information +10, Knowledge (arcana) +6, Knowledge (architecture and engineering ) +4, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +4, Knowledge (geography) +6, Knowledge (history) +7, Knowledge (local) +7, Knowledge (nature) +7, Knowledge (religion) +5 , Knowledge (the planes) +5, Listen +3, Perform (oratory) +8, Profession (librarian) +4, Search +9, Speak Language (Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Gnome, Halfling), Spellcraft +5, Spot +3; Diligent, Dodge, Investigator.
Bard Spells Per Day: 3/3/1; Save DC 12 + spell level.
Bard Spells Known: 0th-detect magic, light, mage hand, mending, read magic, summon instrument; 1st-comprehend languages, sleep, unseen servant; 2nd-silence, tongues.
Possessions*: 20 sp, masterwork dagger, scholar’s outfit.
*Almost all of Lelaras’ funds are tied up in the library. He rarely carries valuables with him but owns a virtually unlimited supply of basic library essentials, such as parchment, ink, quills, magnifying glasses and the like.

Lelaras Kenivelson is a very typical bookworm. He loves everything about literature and often times forgets to take meals because he’s so wrapped up in a reading project. Early in his adult life, he signed on with an adventuring group, having heard stories about the great wealth of hidden and lost books just waiting to be found in the dark places where nobody goes. After a year, however, he woke up to the realities of the danger of adventuring when he saw one of his teammates killed. After this rude awakening, he liquidated the wealth he had acquired and bought the old library in Free Haven. Originally he just wanted the wealth of books inside, but once he saw what he had, he just couldn’t keep it to himself and began working towards sharing his new purchase with the world.

Teaching Style:
Lelaras Kenivelson is an exceptionally patient and understanding person. He works with a class as long as it takes for them to understand what he’s trying to teach them. Most of his free time is spent tutoring those with schedules that conflict with normal class times and those that just need a little bit of extra attention. He rarely loses his temper and he never allows any of his students to feel like they can’t accomplish the goals they set for themselves.

Ragnon Delver (CR 2)

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Ragnon Delver, Instructor
Male dwarf warrior 2/ expert 1:
CR 2; Medium humanoid (dwarf); Hit Dice 2d8+1d6+9; 24 hp; Init +0; Spd 20 ft. (4 squares); AC 10, 10 touch, 10 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +2/+4; Atk +5 melee (1d4+2/19-20x2 masterwork dagger) or +5 melee (1d3+2 non-lethal, unarmed); Full atk +5 melee (1d4+2/19-20x2 masterwork dagger) or +5 melee (1d3+2 non-lethal, unarmed); SQ darkvision 60 ft., dwarf traits, graduate; AL CG; SV Fort +4, Reflex +0, Will +2; Str 14, Dex 10, Con 14, Int 12, Wis 10, Cha 10.
Skills and Feats: Climb +5, Decipher Script +2, Forgery +2, Gather Information +3, Intimidate +4, Knowledge (geography) +3, Knowledge (history) +4, Knowledge (local) +3, Knowledge (nobility and royalty) +2, Search +2, Speak Language (Common, Dwarven, Elven), Spot +1; Power Attack, Toughness.
Graduate (Ex): Ragnon Delver is a graduate of The Repository. Knowledge (geography) and Knowledge (history) are treated as class skills for him.
Possessions: 37 sp, chainmail (masterwork)*, dagger (masterwork), dwarven urgrosh (masterwork)*, scholar’s outfit, throwing axe (masterwork)*, traveler’s outfit*, sack containing 3 pp, 5 gp, 10 sp, and 10 cp*.
* Items marked with an asterisk are kept in a locked chest in Ragnon’s chambers and are brought out very rarely as a visual aid during certain classes.

Ragnon Delver is a distant and somewhat detached individual. He was the third son of a minor noble family in Free Haven. Since the family title was not to be his, he joined the city guard to make his own name. Unfortunately, while on a patrol outside of town, he lost his hand in a skirmish. He was given full honors by the guard, but left their ranks shortly thereafter. His family cursed him for a coward, but the truth was that he simply felt he had nothing left to offer the uniform. Having been taught at the Repository by Lelaras Kenivelson himself when he was young, Ragnon asked for a job teaching and has been doing so for two years now. His missing hand doesn’t impose any difficulty in his work, but his occasional bout with melancholy concerns some of his students and co-workers.

Teaching Style:
Ragnon Delver’s teaching style varies from class to class. When he teaches mathematics or reading comprehension, he is usually easygoing and willing to let the students figure things out for themselves. When he teaches history, though, he adopts a personality much like that of the drill instructor that he had as a cadet in the city guard. He is especially fond of military history and sometimes loses all track of time during a lecture on the subject.

Sheena Spire (CR 3)

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Sheena Spire, Instructor
Female human expert 3/ commoner 1:
CR 3; Medium humanoid (human); Hit Dice 3d6+1d4-8; 5 hp; Init -1; Spd 30 ft. (6 squares); AC 9 (-1 Dex), 9 touch, 9 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +2/+0; Atk +0 melee (1d3-2 non-lethal, unarmed strike); Full atk +0 melee (1d3-2 non-lethal, unarmed); AL LN; SV Fort -1, Reflex +0, Will +6; Str 6, Dex 9, Con 7, Int 15, Wis 13, Cha 12.
Skills and Feats: Appraise +4, Craft (bookbinding) +6, Decipher Script +7, Diplomacy +4, Forgery +5, Gather Information +4, Intimidate +3, Knowledge (architecture and engineering) +4, Knowledge (geography) +5, Knowledge (history) +9, Knowledge (local) +5, Knowledge (nature) +5, Knowledge (religion) +4, Listen +5, Profession (librarian) +4, Search +4, Speak Language (Common, Elven, Dwarven), Spot +5; Diligent, Iron Will, Skill Focus (Knowledge (history)).
Possessions*: scholar’s outfit, 12sp.
Sheena is very old with no family and has little use for the money she is paid for teaching. For the past decade, she has given almost all of her pay as a donation to the Repository, keeping only enough to treat herself to a nice dinner every once in a while.

Sheena Spire is sometimes jokingly called the most ancient thing in the Repository. At 61 years old, she expects that her students and peers will defer to her experience in most things. This is not to say that she doesn’t know when to admit that she’s wrong, but she knows that she has seen and done many things and she isn’t about to let some young upstart trivialize that. Despite being as small and frail-looking as she is, Sheena can be quite intimidating. Sheena has a reputation for being slightly crotchety with adults, so she teaches children exclusively. She’s a strict disciplinarian, which causes some children to dislike her, but she cares very passionately about giving children the education she feels they deserve.

Teaching Style:
Sheena Spire is old-fashioned, and teaches children the way that she was taught. If a child misbehaves, he is punished by having to write an apology on the classroom slate stone several dozen times or by being forced to wear a ridiculous dunce hat and sit in the corner. Children that truly cross the line receive a spanking in front of the rest of the class.

Sheena always assigns some small form of homework except on sixth day of class (before the children’s day off). She believes that this helps keep the lessons fresh in the children’s minds so they retain more information. Sheena tends of focus on history, both recent and ancient, as a teaching tool, using it as a reference for teaching about geography, science and the like.

Sha-Hala Es K'ali (CR 3)

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Sha-Hala Es K’ali, Instructor
Female elf expert 3/ ranger 1:
CR 3; Medium humanoid (elf); Hit Dice 3d6+1d8; 18 hp; Init +2; Spd 30 ft. (6 squares); AC 12 (+2 Dex), 12 touch, 10 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +3/+2; Atk +3 melee (1d4-1, dagger) or +2 melee (1d3-1 non-lethal, unarmed) or +6 (1d6, shortbow); Full atk +3 melee (1d4-1, dagger) or +2 melee (1d3-1 non-lethal, unarmed) or +6 (1d6, shortbow); +2 racial bonus on saves vs. enchantment spells and magical effects, immunity to sleep spells and magical effects, low-light vision; AL CN; SV Fort +3, Reflex +5, Will +4; Str 8, Dex 14, Con 10, Int 13, Wis 13, Cha 8.
Skills and Feats: Craft (bowyer) +3, Decipher Script +3, Diplomacy +0, Forgery +2, Gather Information +3, Hide +6, Knowledge (dungeoneering) +2, Knowledge (geography) +7, Knowledge (local) +3, Knowledge (nature) +9, Listen +8, Move Silently +5, Profession (librarian) +3, Search +5, Spot +8, Survival +8; Alertness, Endurance, Track.
Favored Enemy (Ex): Sha-Hala Es K’ali gains a +2 bonus on her Bluff, Listen, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival checks when using these skills against animals. She gets the same bonus on weapon damage rolls against animals.
Wild Empathy (Ex): Sha-Hala Es K’ali can improve the attitude of an animal in the same way a Diplomacy check can improve the attitude of a sentient being. The total roll is 1d20+1.
Languages: Common, Elven
Possessions: Arrows (x14)*, dagger (masterwork), explorer’s outfit*, leather armor, scholar’s outfit, shortbow (masterwork)*, 15gp, 12sp.
* usually kept in a locked chest in Sha-Hala’s chambers.

Sha-Hala Es K’ali is a child of the desert. The harsh conditions of her homeland tend to breed strong, rigid people, capable of surviving anything life throws at them and despising those too weak to at least make an attempt to do the same. This outlook definitely shows through in Sha-Hala. Most people consider her to be gruff at best and outright hostile at worst. She is far removed from her people, though, and has learned to accept the limitations of those not born to her harsh homeland. It is through a desire to help make others better than they otherwise would be that lead her to teach at The Repository.

Teaching Style:
Sha-Hala Es K’ali could accurately be described as “a harsh taskmistress.” She is a competent instructor and her methods are effective, but she is the instructor that the students all hope they don’t get. Sha-Hala keeps a strict class with a strict schedule and expects that her students will keep up with her quick pacing. Whenever possible, she assigns some form of work to be done outside of class. She is wary, though, that Lelaras frowns on a high washout rate among students, so she generally knows when to ease up a bit.

Venus Hallek (CR 4)

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Venus Hallek, Head Librarian
Female gnome expert 5:
CR 4; Small humanoid (gnome); Hit Dice 5d6; 20 hp; Init +0; Spd 20 ft. (4 squares); AC 11 (+1 size), 11 touch, 11 flat-footed; BAB/Grapple +3/-1; Atk +3 melee (1d2 non-lethal, unarmed); Full atk +3 melee (1d2 non-lethal, unarmed); SA spell-like abilities; SQ +1 racial bonus to attack rolls vs. kobolds and goblinoids, +1 racial bonus to DC of illusion spells, +2 racial bonus to saves vs. Illusions, +2 racial bonus to Craft (alchemy) and Listen checks, +4 dodge bonus to AC vs. giants, low-light vision, weapon familiary; AL NG; SV Fort +3, Reflex +1, Will +4; Str 9, Dex 10, Con 14, Int 15, Wis 10, Cha 10.
Skills and Feats: Appraise +11, Climb +3, Craft (alchemy) +4, Craft (bookbinding) +8, Decipher Script +11, Forgery +8, Gather Information +8, Hide +4, Listen +6, Profession (librarian) +4, Search +11, Speak Language(Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Gnome, Halfling), Spot +8; Diligent, Investigator.
Spell-like abilities: 1/day-dancing lights, ghost sound, prestidigitation, speak with animals (burrowing mammals only, duration 1 minute).CL 1st.The save DC is Charisma-based.
Possessions*: 39 sp, scholar’s outfit.
*Venus has little in the way of personal possessions. She is content simply to live in the Repository and be able to read and examine the books, maps and other materials, most of which were commissioned or purchased by her in the name of the library. The Repository is both her responsibility and her playground, and she considers it to be the only possession she will ever need.

Aside from Lelaras Kenivelson, Venus Hallek is perhaps the oldest fixture of the Repository. During the two year period when the building and its contents were undergoing restoration, Lelaras happened upon the little gnome toddler wandering around the building, naked, dirty and crying. After making a good, but ultimately futile, attempt to locate her parents, Lelaras raised her as though she were his own child. She literally grew up inside of the Repository, and there are many things about it she knows that not even Lelaras is aware of.

Many people think that Venus is too serious, and indeed, she takes her job as head librarian very seriously. However, she is as happy-go-lucky as any gnome when she’s not working. Growing up, she explored every nook and cranny of the Repository and made a habit of reading every book that caught her eye. If she didn’t know the language a book was written in, she had Lelaras teach it to her. Even today, her hunger for learning manifests itself obviously, as she is almost never to be seen without her nose in a book.

Teaching Style:
Venus Hallek might be one of the most qualified individuals in the Repository to teach, but she never does. Her current excuse is that she’s too old to put up with having to teach, but much like the other explanations she has used over the years, this is just an excuse to keep her time free. She would much rather be reading a new book than teaching from one she has already read.

The Repository

The Repository

Eighty years ago, a quiet elf named Lelaras purchased an old library building from the city of Free Haven. For an independent scholar such as Lelaras, the library was an exciting purchase, mostly because it came stocked with thousands of scrolls and books. The entire building had been closed up years before due to citywide budget cuts and the city was happy to sell it to Lelaras for next to nothing so that they could cut some of their old losses.

For a full two years, Lelaras and dozens of hired professionals worked tirelessly to repair the building and restore most of the books to usable condition. After much work and a large amount of money invested, the library was reopened to the public under the name “The Repository.” Lelaras spent a veritable fortune purchasing new books, maps, scrolls, and other study materials. Within a year of opening day, The Repository had the largest supply of library materials in all of Free Haven and became the most utilized library for miles around.

After the first few years a new concern began to grow in Lelaras’ thoughts. He noticed that while many nobles who wanted to research their family history and spellcasters who researched topics pertaining to their crafts used the library’s resources, there were almost no poor or common people using the library, despite there being no charge for its services. This concerned Lelaras, who had opened the library to make information available to all people.

To alleviate his growing concerns, Lelaras began pioneering a teaching program at The Repository. He invited people from all walks of life to come and learn from his teachings, which were very basic and spread over a wide range of topics such as reading comprehension, mathematics and history. He charged nothing for his services to children and asked only that any adults who attended his classes and were capable of doing so give a donation to help fund more materials for the library.

As word spread of a “school” willing to educate children for free, many of the common families that lived in and around Free Haven began enrolling their children. Thanks to Lelaras’ open and friendly nature, more than a few of the parents began attending classes when they could, as well. Soon, Lelaras had to hire on extra help to assist him in teaching and maintaining the library. Eventually, a tuition based on the economic class of the family involved was established to pay for the services of the new instructors. The poorest children and even many adults were still taught for free, but families with more money were charged a tuition of anywhere from 20 gp to 1,000 gp based on their economic status and exactly how much personal tutoring would be required. Despite the school enacting what many called price gouging, the school’s reputation for results kept new students coming in.

The Repository Today:
Today, the Repository is much the same as it was when the doors first opened almost eighty years ago. The entire building has been fully restored and except for the private quarters of Lelaras and his staff, each wing is open to the public. The library has become a landmark of the city of Free Haven. Many of the resident families have been taught there for two or even three generations. Even a few of the city officials have Lelaras to thank for their superb educations, a fact that helps insure that city funding for the Repository doesn’t dry up.

For children, a full term (if the word “term” could be used to describe such a loose period of instruction) is two years with the harvest season considered a vacation. The children attend class six days out of the week for four hours per day. Each day is broken into three subject periods which are usually taught by the same instructor, but sometimes by separate instructors. For adults, the term is a much shorter three months. Adults attend class three days out of each week for three hours per day. If a willing instructor can be found, tutoring is available if the student’s schedule does not synch well with the school’s class schedule.

Class topics are generally very basic, focusing on general education. Lelaras is more interested in teaching people the skills they need to continue learning on their own than in creating geniuses. Generally, reading comprehension is the first class a student will encounter, with classes in basic mathematics, science, history, geography and the like being sure to follow.

Each instructor is given leave to teach their class however they see fit. Lelaras doesn’t allow anyone to become an instructor unless he trusts in their ability to teach. Unfortunately, the library is not large enough to house dormitories for students from out of town, but many local merchants and craftsmen are happy to put up a student or two in exchange for a few hours of work after school lets out each day. Lelaras encourages this, since it also provides many students with the means to easily find themselves an apprenticeship or at least a relationship with a merchant that could lead to a rewarding job.

Intelligence 9+: Although even the poorest, most downtrodden applicant is welcome to sit in on classes, a certain amount of Intelligence is required to understand the lessons. In order to benefit from the classes, a student must have an Intelligence of 9 or higher.

Economic Status: Each applicant is thoroughly questioned regarding his economic situation to determine how much he will be expected to pay for an education. In some exceptional cases, clerical magic or even psionics is used to verify the truth of the applicant’s words, though the honor system is usually more than enough. For simplicity, assume that the school charges tuition of 50 gp for a PC at first level and 100 gp for each additional level thereafter. If the PC’s character background includes attendance at the Repository, the Dungeon Master may deduct anywhere from 40 gp to 75 gp from the PC’s starting wealth.

By the time a student reaches graduation, he is better read than he was before he enrolled. If the student could not read or write when he enrolled, he is able to read and write the Common language by the time of his graduation.

Education: During the course of his education, a student picks up a lot of basic knowledge. This knowledge is rarely specialized, consisting mostly of general studies. Upon graduation, a number of Knowledge skills equal to the student’s Intelligence modifier +1 become class skills.

Using the Repository:
The Repository is unlikely to be the site of a full-fledged adventure, but it could prove to be an interesting backdrop location. The most obvious use for the library is that the PCs may need to research a subject, and refer to the Repository for that purpose.

Spending at least four hours studying in the Repository grants a +4 bonus to any Knowledge check, or a +2 bonus to a Spellcraft check to learn a spell from a spellbook or scroll or to decipher a written spell.

Another obvious use for the Repository is as a source of achievement for a PC (or group of PCs). While the party’s spellcasters spend week or months in downtime crafting new magic items for the party, a barbarian might be interested in learning to read.The library might also make an appearance in a character’s history to explain where he or she learned a spell or acquired ranks in a Knowledge skill.

Lastly, it’s entirely possible that the library might become the scene of a gritty battle, should the PCs be on the trail of a vampire that has been credited with several deaths in the area (the instructor Vanlieous Ketar). Although his lair is elsewhere in the city, the PCs might track him back to the Repository and confront him there.

NPCs of Note:
Lelaras Kenivelson, Owner and Principal Instructor
Sheena Spire, Instructor
Ragnon Delver, Instructor
Vanlieous Ketar, Instructor
Sha-Hala Es K’ali, Instructor
Venus Hallek, Head Librarian

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