Following the narrow paths formed by the book-shelved walls, the smell of dusty old parchment permeates the area. This part of the library seems familiar yet undiscovered. The memory of this place escapes you. You dont remember the labels on these books, nor the language they’re written in. The low lighting makes it hard to distinguish where a bookshelf ends and a path separates into many more, yet the symbols on the book spines are perfectly visible, highlighted by some unseen force. It’s a winding pathway that goes further and further into the darkest corners of concealed knowledge concentraded within this old crypt-like structure. But before the symbols become too overwhelming for your mind to comprehend you are stopped in your tracks. A cold hand wrapped in rough linen bandages firmly squeezes your shoulder from behind, insisting you cease to proceed any further. Urged by an instinct you turn around to face the individual who interrupted your journey.
- “You lost?” the elf utters in a soft voice, tone fueled by poorly hidden concern. He has a foreign accent that you can’t quite place and with this new presense, the dark surroundings that lured you in like a never ending labyrinth have mysteriously vanished. The clouds of the abyss have parted in light of this new individual. This elf is not one you saw before, he has dark purple skin with a spiky shock of platinum hair poking out from under the bandages that cover one of his eyes. He’s quite built judging by how little effort it takes for him to carry a few hefty tomes with just one arm while extending his other arm to shake your hand.
- “I'm Zidane, I work here. I can help you find the books you’re looking for if you need.” - he offers. While the offering is quite polite, something feels off. The smell of embalmings has introduced itself to your nostrils as well as a strange assortment of strong smelling herbs and just behind that wall of essences you swear you feel a hint of rot and decay.
You may or may not have just requested assistance from a person that surpassed death.