We should get right to it, so please, take a seat. We often use the Octagrim for meetings so there should be plenty of chairs for everyone.
All seated? Very well, I’ll begin with a quick note. Recently, I introduced myself as Madame Lobelia. However, some of you have already had the cheek to address me as “Bel”. This is quite vexing. I’m your Librarian, which means I’m responsible for protecting your life from dragon fire. Please refrain from addressing me so casually. I’ll pause here so that you may reflect on this.
I trust my rule has sunk in. I’ll now move on to why you’re here.
As members of the library, I want you to be well informed of a mysterious archeological find of which few humans are aware. The reason it’s so little known is because the discovery wasn’t made by humans, nor even found on human soil.
In 1967, a dragon by the name of Relick found something in the Rowan caves that shook the dragon world to its core: a great treasure hoard—from the human world. At least that’s what the sensationalists said at the time. But as the critics got to work and the skeptical newspaper articles came flooding in, fewer and fewer dragons believed these items to be of human origin. Respected scholars labeled them as fakes, saying they were planted in the cave by some greedy dragon who wanted to gain from their auction. For a brief while, even Relick was suspected of the crime.
You and I, however, know these found items are, in fact, human, for among them were Renaissance paintings, Greek pottery, Chinese jade, medieval manuscripts and Victorian maps—even WWII ration books. The Dragon Archeological Society (DAS) called the massive find The Rowan Hoard after the caves in which it had been found. The treasure has been a subject of contention ever since.
I know what you’re thinking. How did hundreds of items from our world end up in a network of caves in the dragon world? Well, the breach is still under investigation, but we know this for certain: It had to be done by a human, because only humans can work the magic of Multiplicity.
Let me explain Multiplicity because it’s important. Multiplicity is the art of making one object have a “second self”—meaning, it can be in two places at once. This late fifteenth century Italian goblet (pictured here) at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles is one of the many items under this spell. It resides both in its Los Angeles location and in an exhibition room at the Dragon library. This is just one of the human artifacts bewitched in this way; hundreds more are scattered around the globe, and not all of them are accounted for.
Decades have passed, but regardless of their skepticism, dragons are gripped by the implications of these objects. Whether a detailed sculpture, or an everyday utensil, it says something to them: we may just be alive, we may be working and creating at this very moment. And if we are, we could, just maybe, enter their world. What are we capable of? They want to know. So the exhibition has begun.
If you want to see the artifacts in this hoard, you can visit them in the Artifact Room of the library. Only a few are displayed there now, the rest are in a vault deep in the mountain. However, the DAS has promised that more objects will be put on display throughout the year, so I’ll try to keep you informed when new items are let out of the vault. You’ll be able to see, not only the objects, but read the theories of dragons about those objects.
That’s it for today. Refreshments are being provided in the back of the room if you wish to linger a bit and get to know your fellow library members. I’ll be up at the front if any of you have questions about what I’ve said today. Thank you, and until next time.