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The floor plan for the Library of Illumination has always been a closely guarded secret because the Realms all share the same plan, and becoming knowledgeable about one Library meant having intimate knowledge of all the Libraries. As a protection, the floor plan was never committed to paper. Instead, it was carved in stone on the main pillar of each Library's subterranean level 56. Below, the plans for the top six levels have been secretly reproduced starting with the cupola. You must excuse the graininess and crackling of the designs and instead marvel that these plans have managed to survive millions of millennia.

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On sub level six of the Library of Illumination lies a Chamber of Doors, that can only be accessed by that library's curator. The entrance is hidden behind the stone wall of a storage room. Once a curator holds their left palm against the stone, it withdraws revealing seven doors. Each door protects a special secret.

  • • Door 1 — ?
  • • Door 2 — The Utility Room — this is where the blue orb that powers the library performs its "magic"
  • • Door 3 — The Alchemy Room — where objects can be turned into something they are not
  • • Door 4 — The Dupliclone Room — recreates almost anything: animal, mineral, vegetable, solid, liquid, gaseous
  • • Door 5 — The Crypt — the resting place for former curators who have died
  • • Door 6 — The Omniscient Map Room — shows any location a curator asks for during any requested time period
Door 7 — The Vault Room — protects the library's most cherished objects, or anything a curator believes needs protection


* The uppermost level is referred to as level one.
“The cupola is the highest level, so it’s number one. Think of it like winning a prize. If you win first place, that’s the highest you can go.”

* The next level down is level two.
“…it makes sense that the window level right below it is the second level. Those massive arched windows were designed to flood the library with light, although the light in this library is sort of unearthly.”

* The third level is the halo—a single layer of shelves on a narrow balcony that overlooks the floors below.

* The fourth level is known as the residence level because it's where the curator's residence is located.

* The main floor is the fifth level.

* The basement, or cellar, is referred to as sub-level six. Below it lies sub-levels seven through 1,311.

* Nero 51's secret living compartment is located on level 333.

* Libraries of Illumination have three major staircases. The most-used one is the Curator's Steps, a circular staircase connecting the first and second floors right outside the curator's residence. Next would be the Cupola Staircase which is just off-center of the main reading room and leads directly to the cupola—five flights above. The Cupola Staircase stops at no other floors. And finally, there is the Stone Staircase, located in the front of the library just to the right of the main entrance, which connects to all levels except the cupola.

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