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The origin of theBlack Hall
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When the construction of the [[Odlucian Library]] was finished, it became clear that a wing dedicated to the most dangerous and controversial books would be needed - a wing for those books that didn’t fit in the other wings. Twelve shelves were designated for this purpose. This small section was dubbed the Black Wing. After many books were added, a very small, but very important, incident happened around -70 [[EC]]: the first ever booknapping. And it was of one which had been contained in the Black Wing.
  
When the contruction of the Odlucian Library was finished, it became clear that there would have to be a wing dedicated to more dangerous and controversial books, that didn’t fit in the normal wings. Thwelve shelves were designated for this purpouse,and they called it the Black wing. Many book additions later, around –70 [[EC]] a very small, but very important incident happened: the first ever book kidnapping happened. And it happened in the Black wing. The book itself was of little importance (a treaty of some unknown proffesor in an unimportant subject), but it confirmed one of the most feared suspicions the librarians had had: the books were not protected enough. Theodore Aspic, the Master Librarian of that time, consulted the matter for several nights and days. After about three days of deliberation with himslef, he arrived at a controversial solution: he would hire the [[Deathood]] to protect the books. Many librarians were furious at him, how could he let such a secretive and despicable group handle such important matters? But Theodore resolve could not be broken; he had taken a decission and would stick by it.  
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The book itself was of little importance (a treaty of some unknown professor on an unimportant subject), but it confirmed one of the most feared suspicions the librarians had: the books were not safe enough in those twelves shelves. Theodore Aspic, the Master Librarian of the time, pondered the matter for several nights and days. After three days of deliberation with himself, he arrived at a <strike style="background: black; color: black">controversial</strike> solution: he would hire the [[Deathood]] to protect the books. <strike style="background: black; color: black">Many librarians were furious at him: how could he let such a secretive and despicable group handle such important matters? But Theodore's resolve could not be broken; he had taken a decision and would stick by it.</strike>
  
The construction of the Black Hall
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==The Construction of Black Hall==
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The [[Deathood]] worked in absolute secret in this new section of the library. The only persons with access during its construction were the best [[occultologists]] of the time and the Master Librarian. After one year of secretive and hard labour, the new wing was opened <strike style="background: black; color: black">in a fairly secret ceremony with only the [[Deathood]] leader and the Master Librarian present.</strike> It was renamed the '''Black Hall''' because it was situated in a single, long passage, filled to the top with unused shelves (for future books).
  
The [[Deathood]] worked in absolute secret in this new section of the library. The only one with access to it were the most renown [[Occultologists]] and the Master Librarian. After one year of secretive and hard labour, the new wing was opened in a fairly secret ceremony, with only the small group that had been able to visit it during the construction. It was renamed the Black Hall because it was situated in a single, long passage, filled to the top with unused shelves(for future books).
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Very little is known about the secret library security system, or what secret mechanisms or spells guard it. <strike style="background: black; color: black">However, the [[Deathood]] still keeps it safe. The [[Deathood]] guards are said to have terrible and unspeakable powers, but it is not known whether these rumours are derived from actual experiences or if they are propaganda spread by the Library itself.</strike>
  
The protection of the Black Hall
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==Access to Black Hall==
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Access is restricted to one scholar per month, for a period of one day a week, strictly supervised by two [[Deathood]] members. This is to ensure the safekeeping of the books, as well as the safety of the [[lay public|public]] itself, as many books can cause harm directly to the viewers if not properly trained. Also, there are many harmful inventions that can be built with the instructions found in such books, and the library is not very keen to let loose these crazy inventions.
  
Very little is known about the secret library security system, or what secret mechanism or spells gurad it. However, there is one known fact about it: the [[Deathood]] still keeps it safe. The guards are said to have terrible and unspeakable powers, but it is not known whether this rumours are derived from actual experiences or propaganda spread by the Library itself.
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==Submitting and Releasing==
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Any book that is considered too dangerous, or too controversial, can be sent to the Black Hall committee (formed by the most wise and intelligent [[occultologists]] of the year), which evaluates each individual book and decrees whether it is Black Hall material or not. Though thousands of individual claims are sent each year, only 10% of them are considered reasonable. When a book has becomed Black Hall material, millions of posters are sent to announce and request all copies of said book. Using very complicated theomancy, all received copies are counted to see if they match the number of known copies available. If they do not match (which is rare, as the [[lay public|public]] always tries to avoid too much danger or controversy when it comes to books), special librarians are sent to fetch the remaining copies to ensure the safety of the public. So far, no Black Hall book has ever had a remaining copy on circulation.
  
Access to Black Hall
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<strike style="background: black; color: black">'''Note''': This is not the only way a book can become selected, merely the official medium in which a book gets selected. Special [[Deathood]] agents are always on the search for other possibilities not formally brought to their attention. There are exceptions to the rule, including several rumoured private collections that contain Black Hall material. The condition for the existence of such collections is that there must always be a copy of each private book available at Black Hall. One such rumoured collection is held by the [[Technomancer Crafts Guild]].</strike>
  
Acess is restricted to one scholar per month, guarded by two [[Deathood]] members. This is to ensure the safekeeping of the books, as well as the safety of the public itself, as many books can cause harm directly to the viewers if not properly trained. Also, there are many harmful inventions contained within the books themselves, so the library is not very keen to le these inventions loose in Ghyll.
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A yearly committee, formed by the current Master Librarian and two [[Deathood]] scribes, analyse all of the books contained within the walls of Black Hall and decide whether the controversy or danger is no longer a threat. They usually give back about 20 books each year, which may seem like a lot, but not after considering the estimated number of over 10,000 titles accumulated in all the years Black Hall has existed.
  
How to put a book in Black Hall
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'''Citations''': [[Deathood]], [[Odlucian Library]], [[Technomancer Crafts Guild]].
  
Any book that can be considered dangerous, or too controversial for Ghyll, can be sent to the Balck Hall committee (formed by the most wise an intelligent [[Occultologists]]), which evaluates each individual book, and decrees whwther it is Balck Hall material or not. Though thousands of  individual claims are sent each year to the comitee, only about 10% of them are considered reasonable. When a book has becomed Black Hall material. Millions of posters are sent all over Ghyll to anounce it and to get all possible copies of such book. Using very complicated theomancy, all received copies are counted, to see if they match the number of actual copies in Ghyll. If they do not match (which is rare, as the public always tries to avoid too much danger or controversy when it comes to books), special librarians are sent to fetch the remaining copies to ensure the safety of the public. So far, no Black Hall book has ever had a remaining copy on circulation.
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--[[User:Mr. Stokes|Mr. Stokes]] 20:33, 27 May 2005 (EDT)
  
Note: This is not the only way a book can become selected, it is just the official medium a book gets selected. Special [[Deathood]] agents are always on the search for possible books in all of Ghyll.
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Second note:Also there are exceptions to the rule. There are several rumoured private book collections that can be browsed outside Black Hall, as long as there is always a copy of every title inside Black Hall. One such rumoured collection is the one held by the [[Technomancer Crafts Guild]].
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The release of a book from Black Hall
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A yearly committee(formed by the Master Librarian and two [[Deathood]] scribes, analyses all of the books contained within the walls of Black Hall. They decide whether the controversy or danger of a book is no longer a threath to Ghyll. They usually give back aboot 20 books each year. This may seem much, but considering the estimated volume of over 10,000 titles accumulated in all the years Black Hall has existed, there are still many books that are dangerous to Ghyll, according to the committee.
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The collection of books in Black Hall
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Because of the secret surrounding the actual subject and titles of the books contained within Black Hall, it is hard to go beyond speculation (except of the books that were poublicly known and anounced by the Blackh Hall committee) as to what might the books be about. The only well known book contained within this wing is the “Book of pretty things to look at” that contains such a horribly corny illustartions, that it is well known to cause instant death to any untrained eye.
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Conclusion
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Black Hall, while it has a fairly known construction history still holds many enigmas and hazards to the public, waiting to be unleashed when the time is right.
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Citations: [[Deathood]], [[Occultologists]], [[Technomancer Crafts Guild]].
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The [[Deathood]] knows what good for you so overlook the black marks.
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Latest revision as of 09:17, 12 August 2005

When the construction of the Odlucian Library was finished, it became clear that a wing dedicated to the most dangerous and controversial books would be needed - a wing for those books that didn’t fit in the other wings. Twelve shelves were designated for this purpose. This small section was dubbed the Black Wing. After many books were added, a very small, but very important, incident happened around -70 EC: the first ever booknapping. And it was of one which had been contained in the Black Wing.

The book itself was of little importance (a treaty of some unknown professor on an unimportant subject), but it confirmed one of the most feared suspicions the librarians had: the books were not safe enough in those twelves shelves. Theodore Aspic, the Master Librarian of the time, pondered the matter for several nights and days. After three days of deliberation with himself, he arrived at a controversial solution: he would hire the Deathood to protect the books. Many librarians were furious at him: how could he let such a secretive and despicable group handle such important matters? But Theodore's resolve could not be broken; he had taken a decision and would stick by it.

The Construction of Black Hall

The Deathood worked in absolute secret in this new section of the library. The only persons with access during its construction were the best occultologists of the time and the Master Librarian. After one year of secretive and hard labour, the new wing was opened in a fairly secret ceremony with only the Deathood leader and the Master Librarian present. It was renamed the Black Hall because it was situated in a single, long passage, filled to the top with unused shelves (for future books).

Very little is known about the secret library security system, or what secret mechanisms or spells guard it. However, the Deathood still keeps it safe. The Deathood guards are said to have terrible and unspeakable powers, but it is not known whether these rumours are derived from actual experiences or if they are propaganda spread by the Library itself.

Access to Black Hall

Access is restricted to one scholar per month, for a period of one day a week, strictly supervised by two Deathood members. This is to ensure the safekeeping of the books, as well as the safety of the public itself, as many books can cause harm directly to the viewers if not properly trained. Also, there are many harmful inventions that can be built with the instructions found in such books, and the library is not very keen to let loose these crazy inventions.

Submitting and Releasing

Any book that is considered too dangerous, or too controversial, can be sent to the Black Hall committee (formed by the most wise and intelligent occultologists of the year), which evaluates each individual book and decrees whether it is Black Hall material or not. Though thousands of individual claims are sent each year, only 10% of them are considered reasonable. When a book has becomed Black Hall material, millions of posters are sent to announce and request all copies of said book. Using very complicated theomancy, all received copies are counted to see if they match the number of known copies available. If they do not match (which is rare, as the public always tries to avoid too much danger or controversy when it comes to books), special librarians are sent to fetch the remaining copies to ensure the safety of the public. So far, no Black Hall book has ever had a remaining copy on circulation.

Note: This is not the only way a book can become selected, merely the official medium in which a book gets selected. Special Deathood agents are always on the search for other possibilities not formally brought to their attention. There are exceptions to the rule, including several rumoured private collections that contain Black Hall material. The condition for the existence of such collections is that there must always be a copy of each private book available at Black Hall. One such rumoured collection is held by the Technomancer Crafts Guild.

A yearly committee, formed by the current Master Librarian and two Deathood scribes, analyse all of the books contained within the walls of Black Hall and decide whether the controversy or danger is no longer a threat. They usually give back about 20 books each year, which may seem like a lot, but not after considering the estimated number of over 10,000 titles accumulated in all the years Black Hall has existed.

Citations: Deathood, Odlucian Library, Technomancer Crafts Guild.

--Mr. Stokes 20:33, 27 May 2005 (EDT)

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