- "The overall effect was that of a fancy museum. Except that the immense structure stood in the middle of the forest without a discernible road or path to grant access."
The Repository of Learning was The place where the Loremaster lives and works.
It is a huge building that is constructed entirely of speckled granite. A frieze depicting men at war surrounded the top of the building-foot soliders armed with spears and shields confronted armored warriors in chariots. Windowless walls of snugly joined blocks hid behind numerous grooved columns. A series of broad stone steps flanked by massive stone figures granted access to a brass door recessed in an arched alcove.
The Repository had many rooms. Some of the most notable follow.
The Contemplation Chamber had giant masks decorating the walls, each a bronze human face with one eye closed, the other open. The Loremaster explained to Jason that this is because one eye is open to all truth, the other closed to all deception. A detailed mural of thousands of interlocking hands covered the ceiling. Illumination came from a dozen candles in the iron chandelier and a few oil lamps spaced about the room.
The Atrium located in the middle of the Repository of Learning, and is visible from all side behind large panels of glass. Then there is a sliding door which leads you to a verdant courtyard. In there, there is a well, a sundail in the middle, and many fruit trees and berry bushes
The moondial was carved with a frowning sun on one side, and a smiling moon on the other. The face of the sundail had ten symbols, each etched in a semicular arc, and each a unique shape composed of fine golden lines.
The Upper Level
The Upper Level is a prohibited are of the Repository of Learning. The only way to get to the upper level is by putting the correct pegs into the corresponding holes, described as like playing Battleship.
The ceiling is lower than below, but otherwise the upper level seemed arranged much like the lower. Except that most of the book spines were obscured beneath cobwebs and grime, making the titles and authors illegible. The upper level is home to the Book of Salzared.