Story[edit | edit source]
Though long-since abandoned by its Sharlayan keepers, the Great Gubal Library does not want for visitants, its halls ever stirring with the voidsent guardians who walk its corridors. With danger at every turn, the fool who dares trespass here would find not wisdom but certain doom. Yet it was not long ago that an intrepid adventurer braved the deepest depths of this forbidding vault of knowledge, returning unscathed and wiser for the experience─a feat of daring that would be sung of the realm over. Mayhap that is why an anonymous individual would beseech that selfsame champion to return in search of long-forgotten knowledge. One can only hope this venture proves yet another enlightening lesson.
Objectives[edit | edit source]
- Arrive in the Hall of Magicks.
- Clear the Hall of Magicks.
- Arrive in the Astrology and Astromancy Camera.
- Clear the Astrology and Astromancy Camera.
- Arrive in the Rare Tomes Room.
- Defeat Strix.
Progression[edit | edit source]
Enemies[edit | edit source]
- Spine Breaker
- High Baboulas
- Demon of the Tome
- Fire Homunculus
- Enchanted Inkhorn
- Forbidden Tome
- Living Liquid
- Poroggo Pegist
- Poroggo Polist
Treasure[edit | edit source]
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
"Bibliophobia", a melancholy arrangement of the regular Great Gubal Library theme "Ink Long Dry", plays at all times except during boss battles.
"Persistence" plays while fighting The Demon of the Tome and the Liquid Flame, while "Revenge Twofold" plays during the battle with the Strix.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- As with the regular version of the duty, there are several books in the library that players can read. These include:
- "The Boy and the Dragon Gay" - the children's tale of a boy who is abducted by bandits and taken to the northern mountains, where he is saved from dangerous beasts by a dragon. The injured boy climbs upon the dragon's back and the two fly off together.
- "Of Loves Unrequited" - the lamentations of an individual who fears that, being a Roegadyn, they will never be loved by the object of their affections: Brayflox Alltalks.
- "Over the Horizon Redux" - further details on the Mamool Ja tribes of The New World, including the names of several: the Hoobigo, the Boonewa and the Doppro. Mamool Ja are said to rarely marry outside their own tribes, except at times of religious significance; two-headed Mamool Ja are known to result from these inter-tribal marriages, and the Autarch - the leader of all Mamool Ja - is rumoured to be one of them.
- "On the Culinary Applications of Coblyns" - a text written by an enthusiastic gourmand who resolves to see what coblyn flesh tastes like. This is followed by a brief passage from the author's younger sibling, who explains that their brother soon discovered, with fatal consequences, that coblyn feelers are poisonous. They decide nevertheless to continue on their brother's work in his memory.
- "Proceedings of the Council of Magi" - a record of the proceedings of the 248th Convocation of the Amdapori Council of Magi, where attendees deliberated on the name for a new healing spell superior to Curaga. After deciding that the names proposed by the council (including Curaja) are "duly lacking in gravity", compounded by the "needlessly abstruse" nature of spell naming conventions, the council votes by a majority of 17-3 to instead use a new naming format: Cure I, Cure II, Cure III and so on.
- "The Boy and the Dragon Gay: A Literary Analysis" - an analysis of the aforementioned children's tale, believed by many scholars to derive from an older Ishgardian myth. In the original myth, a shepherd boy is abducted by bandits from his village in Coerthas; before they can sell him to slavers, they are slaughtered by a dragon whom the boy had befriended some time ago. In the midst of all this the boy falls from a cliff, and in order to save his life the dragon grants the boy some of its blood. The boy is transformed, and the two fly off together.