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    "Ah would na dream of it, sir. I know how important records are!" Still slightly in shock that that actually worked Dorsard makes his way down to the basement and thanks the gods that he doesn't need to bring a flame to see anything. Being a dwarf was amazing, a fact he realized more and more every day.
    Once he reached the location of the registry he starts to comb through it, looking for any reference to the Pondicherry farm.

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    A stone set of stairs brings you down to the dark, chilly basement. A hallway to the left, dimly lit with sparsely spaced Everburning Torches, holds a few offices. A hallway to the right, illuminated in the same method of the one to the left, leads you to The Archives.

    The Archives is an enormous room containing a maze of shelves and wooden filing cabinets. The room is illuminated by coconut sized orbs of light set in holes in the stone ceiling.

    You search valiantly for information on Pondicherry farm. You search shelves. You search filing cabinets. You make a half-mile trek to the very back of the room, where the shelves are replaced with little round cubbies holding scrolls with little clay labels tied to the ends. Alas, no luck. After about an hour, you hear a scuttling sound and what appears to be a cat-sized dragon made entirely of paper appears atop a cubby wall to your left. It regards you for a moment and then opens its mouth. It seems to be sticking out a long paper tongue. Then the "tongue" drops out of its mouth and floats slowly to the floor, landing at your feet. It has writing on it.

    Do you require assistance from a Bookwyrm?

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    "Yes Ah do, wise book." Dorsard nods, then realizes that might be a futile gesture. "Is there anythin else you need from me to help narrow down the search? A year maybe?"


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    The Bookwyrm spits out another line of paper.

    What do you search for? Be as specific as possible.
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    "Any land record for open spaces near town, and the records of who owns what goin' back ten years. And the surroundin areas as well. If ye please." It felt strange to ask a paper worm for assistance but Dorsard guessed that he would have to get used to a lot weirder during his time at the university.


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    Wait here.

    The Bookwyrm scurries away towards the front of the room. You're left alone in the ensuing silence for about five minutes, then you hear the dry sound of paper rubbing on paper. The sound grows louder and louder until you see a swarm of paper coming your way. At least fifty different Bookwyrms are climbing over bookshelves and racing through the aisles. Each little dragon has a stack of paper clamped in its mouth. They deposit the papers at your feet. They seem to have brought you records of who owns what and who has owned what in Red River Valley and in the surrounding twenty miles, dating from last week to a decade ago.

    The herd of Bookwyrms plant themselves on the floor in front of you and stand at attention. The one in the middle of the front -you can't tell if it's the one you spoke to earlier; they all look identical- spits out a scrap of paper.

    Is this material satisfactory?

    The Bookwyrms all cock their heads in unison and stare at you expectantly.

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    Dorsard starts to fidget with his beard as he's left alone in the room but stop immediately when he hears the noise. The sigh of the paper creatures makes his fingers twitch reflexively to throw something but it's only a momentary thing. He spends a second to organize all the papers into one large bundle (still marked according to origin of course) and gives the Bookwyrms a small bow.
    "This seems like more than enough tah start with. Thank ye greatly for your assistance. If Ah need anythin' else Ah'll just look for one of you."
    With that he focuses his attention on the papers and begins to search through them for the owners of farm as far back as he can, muttering to himself about the flammability of human records.

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    The Bookwyrms nod and scurry off in a single-file line, leaving you to your research.

    You find a map that shows the location of Pondicherry Farm: five miles south-east of town, like the orphan boy told you. In ideal terrain and perfect conditions it would take about an hour to get there on horse, and closer to two hours on foot. Of course, if what the boy said about the road's dangers is right, it might take a bit longer.

    As far as you can find, Pondicherry farm has been owned by a Raj Pondicherry for the last fifty years. He bought the land from a man referred to in the records as Phoenix. You can't find any mention of what Phoenix did with the land. The farm is 1500 acres in size.

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    "Excellent! This is just what Ah need... " Dorsard mutters to himself as he keeps scanning the records. One piece was in place, now all he needed to find was if the man had any properties in the city he could be found at. If not in these records surely there were others with receipts from market day or something similar...


    “Defend the weak, protect both young and old, never desert your friends. Give justice to all, be fearless in battle and always ready to defend the right."

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    You find nothing to indicate that Pondicherry owns any property in town. You also don't find any receipts for anything. Perhaps they aren't kept in the town's records, or at least aren't available for public view.

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