Linked to the greater dungeon only by a broken stone bridge across an underground crevasse, this remote underground library is maintained and guarded by the resident retired scholar-priest who keeps the place locked down, guarded with a small collection of animated objects, and who in turn subsists on a diet of conjured food and water.
The main chamber of the structure is the library itself, a two-tiered chamber with nearly 50 bookshelves on this level and additional stacks on the upper tier. Unlike the dungeon and the rough chasm outside, the Athenaeum is kept exceptionally clean as the scholar-priest’s animated guardians serve double duty as cleaning staff and generally see little actual defensive work – the residents of the nearby dungeon having realized that this whole area is best avoided.
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