Tome of Abyssal Familiars Document in Saleh'Alire | World Anvil

Tome of Abyssal Familiars

A Mysterious Extraplanar Grimoire

Bound in dark purple Human leather, the cover has an odd and almost disconcerting texture to it. Each of its corners is capped with gold metal decorated with ornate scroll designs- while a large triangular shaped plate of gold sits in the center of the book's cover, engraved with the image of a rose; two stiff leather straps with gold buckles hold the book closed at its top and bottom on the unbound side.   Opening the book, the page edges all appear to be gilded... The first few pages consist of a Loving dedication to the books intended reader. Moving through the book, however, every first page contains a series of complex but mostly decorative illustrations surrounding what looks like a single large arcane rune- while each of the rune's opposing pages contains a series of text written in Abyssal; several pages are covered in unknown stains- some darker, some lighter, and some which look a little uncomfortably like blood.   A number of cloth bookmarks dyed in dark purple and gold can be seen sticking out from various sections of the book. Turning to these sections will reveal smaller pieces of loose parchment containing additional notes in Abyssal, appearing to be a variety of small love poems, information on the benefits of the creature the Rune contains, and suggestions of certain familiars the author thinks the intended reader may find particularly interesting.
Item type
Book / Document   Rarity
Priceless   Author
11 in / 28 cm long
8 in / 20 cm wide
4 in / 10 cm thick

Cover image: Manuscript by Sam Moqadam
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Dec 3, 2020 20:10 by R. Dylon Elder

You're writing really sucked me in here. I found myself at the end article like, woah, that was fast. Not because of its length but the writing was easy to read and thus the reader along. The book itself is definitely well done. If theres purple, I'm probably gonna love it, but every detail just adds to my interest. Well done. It really seems the book is something one shouldn't have... I mean human leather!

Dec 3, 2020 21:00 by Anna Katherina

Thank you! It was a gift for one of my players last campaign, who was playing a warlock and really loved his familiar. I'm glad to know it's appreciated by others just as much <3

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