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There rose within him the tantalizing faith that somewhere an easy gate existed, which if one found would admit him freely to those outer deeps whose echoes rattled so dimly at the back of his memory.
These are not on the public shelves lest untrained handling cause the collapse of everything it is possible to imagine.[1]
Come: see the instrument of Their homecoming- what you have come looking for. The new Bible... that starts the Change... helps you See...
Sutter Cane, In the Mouth of Madness

The Necronomicon?? You can't be shown one!

While the libraries never will loan one!

But if it's so rare

And guarded with care

Why does every nut case seem to own one?
Dennis Maggard

Urag gro-Shub: An Elder Scroll is an instrument of immense knowledge and power. To read an Elder Scroll, a person must have the most rigorously trained mind, or else risk madness. Even so, the Divines usually take the reader's sight as a price.

Dragonborn: A price for what?

Urag gro-Shub: The simplest way to put it is "knowledge," but there's nothing simple about an Elder Scroll. It's a reflection of all possible futures and all possible pasts. Each reader sees different reflections through different lenses, and may come away with a very different reading. But at the same time, all of it is true. Even the falsehoods. Especially the falsehoods.

Dragonborn: Who wrote the Elder Scrolls?

Urag gro-Shub: It would take a month to explain to you how that very question doesn't even make sense. The Scrolls exist here, with us, but also beyond and beneath. Before and after. They are bits of the Divine made substance so we could know them... sorry, talking about the Scrolls, you usually end up in irritating and vague metaphors like that. Some people who study them devoutly go mad.

Notes

  1. Again.

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