The Sinister Library of Niltrias is a hidden location in the game that can only be accessed by a journey through the Rift. It features numerous scrolls and spellbooks, as well as an option of receiving five valuable scrolls of corruption removal. Due to its dangerous nature and that accessing it requires the PC to have already met the entry requirements to the Rift, though, many players avoid this area entirely. In order to access the Library, the player must have a climbing set. If their set is destroyed during their fall down the Rift (or the player neglects to bring one), then they will have to either buy one from the ratling dealer or leave the Rift and return with one.

Main Features[]

Symbol Name Notes
G Ghost Librarian Contains the artifact weird tome.
# Secret passage Searching will reveal the hidden passage.
] Climbing set Useful for getting out of the Rift.
? Scroll or Spellbook Has a monster guarding each one.
" Spellbook Has a monster guarding each one.

The main feature of the library is the large assortment of scrolls and spellbooks available. What a character finds in the library depends on their class. The secret section as well as the small room always have spellbooks. For Priests, the alcoves in the right-most room have spellbooks. Wizards and Necromancers find only spellbooks, and are guaranteed to find at least one of every single spellbook in the game, including the rare spellbook of Wish.

Each book/scroll is guarded by a random guardian of somewhat high danger level — ancient black dragons, berserker emperors, master liches, or mimic hiveminds, for example. Any monster that uses an elemental attack, such as vortices or dragons, must be treated with particular care if the player wishes to avoid damage to valuable spellbooks.

The second feature of note in the library is the presence of the Ghost Librarian near the entrance. He is non-hostile and can be talked to. This will typically result in merely asking the PC to be quiet. However, if the PC has spent at least 2000 consecutive turns in the Library without making noise and then 'C'hats with the Librarian, he will congratulate the PC on being quiet and will offer a quest to deliver the weird tome to the Mad minstrel. Accepting the quest will place the weird tome in the PC's equipment. The reward for this quest is provided by the minstrel himself and consists of 5 cursed scrolls of corruption removal.

The following conditions appear to be required to successfully obtain the weird tome:

  • The PC must spend at least 2000 turns without leaving the Library or chatting with the Ghost Librarian
  • The PC must never chat with monsters other than the Ghost Librarian
  • The PC must have the Stealth skill at 100 when entering the Library for the first time
  • The PC must not have the babbling mouth corruption when entering the Library for the first time

Contrary to what might be expected, casting spells in the Library does not break the silence check.



Deliver the weird tome to the mad minstrel