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100 Less Than Useful Books to Find on a Forgotten Realms Bookshelf (Roll20)

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Books can be an important source of knowledge, background and clues for characters, and they can have value as well. However, not every book will be a worthwhile or valuable one. Some of those sitting on bookshelves may be factually wrong, contain misinformation or simply not be that relevant.

This supplement has 100 different books that could be found in the Forgotten Realms that can be used to flesh out a bookshelf. The books cover a variety of topics and some are definitely not factual in nature. These books may still be worth a small amount of money, as in a fantasy settings books can still be uncommon. Whether or not any individual book has worth or value is up to the DM. Each book's title, author if there is one and some details on its contents are given.

This is the Roll20 version of the supplement. For the Fantasy Grounds version, click here. For the PDF version, click here.

Here are some sample results:

  • Malsen’s Peerage by Melos Malsen (The various noble and titled families of Cormyr, current and previous, dating back to the founding, with more than a few errors)
  • Myths of the Bright Sword by Elendue Buin (The author looks into the Thentian cult that worship a weapon called the Bright Sword that most assume to be simply a magical weapon, not a deity, and he certainly agrees with this)
  • Northkeep: The Shining Citadel of the Moonsea by Bezras Bralund (A history of the rise and loss of Northkeep, although much of the history is based on hearsay and beliefs rather than actual first-hand accounts)
  • Phlan: The Recovery and Rebuilding by Andyn Gouroun (A history of how Phlan has risen from the ashes of its destruction and those responsible for rebuilding it)
  • Pirates of the Fallen Stars by Ambre Brock (A fictional account that glamorises the pirates of the Sea of Fallen Stars as swashbuckling and romantic figures, overlooking any atrocities and mass murders committed by them)
  • Rauthauvyr the Raven by Threlwira Mulypar (A biography of the man essentially responsible for creating modern Sembia, written by a Sembian who clearly believes the man could do no wrong)

One page is the front cover and one the front matter.

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This title was added to our catalog on March 18, 2023.