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Restricted Reading

Mainquest1 Icon.png Lv. 90   Restricted Reading

Journal detail hr1 07.png Acquisition
Montichaigne: Old Sharlayan (Zone) - Archons' Design - The Baldesion Annex (x:9.3, y:11.3)

Map33 Icon.pngClosest Aetheryte: Old Sharlayan (Zone) → The Baldesion Annex

Journal detail hr1 08.png Requirements
071201.png90Bridging the RiftMainquest1 Icon.png Bridging the Rift (Level 90)

Spacer2.png Any Disciple of War or Magic (excluding limited jobs) (Level 90)

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Piety Materia IX
Battledance Materia IX
Quickarm Materia IX
Quicktongue Materia IX
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Journal detail hr1 04.png Description
Montichaigne is waiting to offer you further instructions.
Journal detail hr1 01.png Objectives
Journal detail hr1 02.png Unlocks Quests
071201.png90Void TheoryMainquest1 Icon.png Void Theory (Level 90)

Journal detail hr1 08.png Items Involved
Epiphanies of House Daemir
Astral-aspected Water
Journal detail hr1 07.png NPCs Involved
MontichaigneY'shtolaIndex PageNidhanaEstinienVarshahn
Journal detail hr1 08.png Objects Involved
Leather-bound Log, Untitled Journal, Weighty Tome, Astrally Dense Pocket

  • Montichaigne is waiting to offer you further instructions.

You'll be heading directly to the archives from here, I presume?
You presume correctly.
Then you'll want to speak with the index page when you arrive. It's been instructed to grant you access to the restricted section.
Excellent. Once again, we thank you for all your help.
Oh, it was my pleasure, believe me. May you find the knowledge you seek!
Shall we?
Y'shtola is now accompanying you. Keep her at your side in order to proceed with quest objectives.

You can leave Y'shtola behind by entering a different area, or by speaking with her and selecting the option to part ways.

If you wish to have Y'shtola accompany you again, return and speak with her at the original location.
Quest Accepted
Come along, Forename. Noumenon and its forbidden wisdom awaits.

All set this time? No forgotten chores or errands to call you away? Good─the forbidden tomes await!

To think the set of instructions I laughingly imagined may actually exist but yalms away from where you found me napping...

If I had known of Alzadaal III's exploits sooner, I could well have saved myself days of research. Even a children's book might have pointed me in the right direction.

To achieve the impossible, one must needs be flexible of mind and look beyond conventional wisdom. A lesson I had already learned, but clearly not taken to heart.
I aM iNsTrUcTeD tO pErMiT yOu EnTrAnCe. YoU aNd ArChOn Y'sHtOlA. pErMiSsIoN iS nOt ApPlIcAbLe FoR sEpArAtE eNtRy.
You must be accompanied by Y'shtola and have her at your side in order to proceed with quest objectives.
Y'shtola has yet to arrive. Be sure she is at your side before attempting to continue.

ArChOn Y'sHtOlA aNd GuEsT iDeNtIfIeD. dO yOu WiSh To PrOcEeD iNtO tHe ReStRiCtEd ArChIvEs?

FoLlOw Me, If YoU wOuLd. WaTcH yOuR sTeP, aNd PlEaSe NoTe ThAt ThE uSe Of NaKeD fLaMeS iS dIsCoUrAgEd.

Do YoU wIsH tO pRoCeEd InTo ThE rEsTrIcTeD aRcHiVeS?

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If House Daemir's notes are to be found anywhere, it will be here. Let us begin.
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No SmOkInG! nO tHrOwInG bOoKs! AnD nO yElLiNg OuT “eUrEkA!” iN aN oBnOxIoUsLy LoUd VoIcE!
So many books I've yet to read...
Yes, yes, we are here for one specific volume. You needn't remind me.

Epiphanies of House Daemir
The following pages detail an advanced method for manipulating rift-spanning apertures as devised by Nuhashahn, the ninth patriarch of House Daemir.

We present these research notes to the faculty of Sharlayan's Studium as both a token of our friendship and an expression of our boundless admiration.

You appear to have located the forbidden volume you seek. Y'shtola will need to make the final confirmation...
Untitled Goldsmith's Journal
Today, in a world not my own, I met the most beautiful voidborn creature. She was so unlike her ravenous brethren. Eyes blazing not with hunger, but trembling─like a candle's flame, threatening to flicker out at any moment.

I wonder if "she" is even the proper word. Such distinctions seem inconsequential. Insignificant, even.

All that matters is the love I feel for this exquisite, transcendent being!

Though you are tempted to read more, this does not seem to be the volume you are seeking...
Primal Disquisitions
In the year 1564 of the Sixth Astral Era, the Amalj'aa summoned Ifrit, their patron god. Accounts describe the being as a gigantic, lizard-like being with a potent command of fire-aspected magicks.

If we consider that primal summoning is an act fueled by faith and prayer, it is unsurprising, if not expected, that the resulting deiform entity should manifest the appearance and powers with which it is attributed by its worshipers.

What, then, might emerge from the aether should one who believes in an almighty omniscience attempt the same ritual? Would the Scholar Himself grace us with His presence? Some other embodiment of divine sagacity?

Could this man-made god truly be all-knowing? And if it were, whence would such knowledge arise?

I myself have many questions concerning the nature of the ancient world. With no spell to transport me back to the days of old, could I instead summon a being possessed of encyclopedic wisdom of every age? Yet with no means to verify its pronouncements, how could one be certain they were true?

Though your mind spins with the possibilities discussed therein, this does not seem to be the volume you are seeking...
Have something you'd like to show me, do you? My apologies─I flipped open but a single book and was completely absorbed by the contents...
Well done, Forename. I think you may have found our prize.
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Yes, the aether signature is unmistakable. I've felt the traces of House Daemir's resonance many times at the Great Work.

Time to see what all the fuss was about...

“Among the ranks of the voidsent, there exist entities with the power to call forth their brethren from beyond. The species known as ”Atomos,“ however, is uniquely prodigious in this regard.

“From its distended maw, it can expel an endless procession of voidborn creatures─a talent which sorely tested the Radiant Host in its battles against these abominations.

“Surmising that the entity itself was acting as a voidgate, we endeavored to capture a small specimen and subsequently examine its physiological structure.

“Our findings revealed that the Atomos had absorbed a planar fissure into its own flesh, which it could expand at will into a functioning gate.

“Upon further analysis, we identified an aetherial wave pattern emitted during this process─a pattern we were able to emulate by passing crystal-stored aether through a specially designed prism.

“We proceeded to embed said prism into an arcane simulacrum, thus completing what we have dubbed our 'artificial Atomos.'”

How could I have been so blind to the possibilities? This species, not to mention its ability to summon voidsent, has been discussed among academics for years now.

Just before the advent of the Seventh Umbral Calamity, we received reports of Atomos sightings from every corner of Eorzea. Surely you witnessed an appearance yourself in the course of your travels?

And still House Daemir went and built a mock Atomos of their very own. I'm not surprised the Archons consigned their work to a restricted archive.

'Twas no easy task, but at last we've unearthed the volume we've been searching for.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't tempted to stay longer. See what other forbidden titles might be lurking on these shelves...

Ah, but that would be abusing the very special privilege we've been granted now, wouldn't it? Better not.
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CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS oN lOcAtInG tHe ObJeCt Of YoUr SeArCh. PlEaSe MoVe AlOnG.
As much as I would love to start crafting the Atomos, I'm afraid this is far outside my field of expertise.

Fortunately, we know a Hannish alchemist who would be delighted to involve herself in our House Daemir project.

Our business here is concluded, for the moment. Please pass on our regards to the Forum.
YoUr MeSsAgE wIlL bE cOnVeYeD. sHoUlD yOu WiSh To InDuLgE iN mOrE fOrBiDdEn LiTeRaTuRe, I wIlL bE hErE. pAtRoN mOdE dIsAbLeD. sEcUrItY mOdE eNgAgEd.
If anyone can help us, Nidhana can. I say we return to Thavnair and look for her at the Great Work.

All these sallow, sleep-deprived faces, but their eyes still burn with fiery zeal. Some things never change.
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Y'shtola tells me you are pursuing a most fascinating study! And that you want me to be a part of it.
I have no doubt you will be interested. This research log should speak for itself.
Will it now...?
By the Sisters! This is the mark of House Daemir! I never even knew such a work existed...
Few should. It was sequestered in Noumenon's restricted archives, after all.
It was!? But...that means every word within is forbidden knowledge!

A forbidden tome filled with forbidden research, and you put it right into my unsuspecting hand!?

I can hardly wait to read it!

To think the Daemir were developing such marvelous techniques so long ago. How many innovations have been lost over the centuries, I wonder...
Now that you've glanced over the notes, what say you to helping us build a new mock Atomos?
I say yes! A thousand times yes!
Work on a Daemir project that had even the redoubtable scholars of Sharlayan trembling in their sandals? No alchemist of the Great Work could resist!
You are a woman after my own heart.
Oh, I suppose I should ask: what do you mean to do with this big-mouthed simulacrum once we've built it?

So, there's a secret voidgate...and it's sealed in the ruins at the bottom of the Bounty? Today is a day of revelations indeed.

If the purpose of our man-made Atomos is to expand this hidden portal, then I will need to see it for myself, I think. Manipulating rift-spanning apertures is not the sort of thing you want to attempt without first taking into account every single factor.
Then by all means, accompany us to the vault. I plan to lead us back there shortly...once we've finished gathering the components I require.

Sharlayan's markets provided the raw aquamarine and pure water crystals...

But I might need help obtaining a small quantity of astrally infused water.
For such a liquid, you need go no further than the Font of Maya─the ascetics of old once favored the place for their meditations, and the water which pools there now is known to enliven the flow of aether.
That sounds perfect. If you would be so kind as to fill a flask at the pool, I will petition Vrtra to join us. The idea I have in mind won't amount to much without his authority to command the voidgate.
Shall we be about it, then? We meet back here anon.
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Ah, there is no greater joy than having a new puzzle to ponder...

Oh, I forgot to mention! The Font of Maya attracts aggressive wildlife, and you should watch out for them when, go there next time. My apologies.
The boy Mehrahd was glad to hear the news of the foundation. It means a new life for him and his sister.
Archon Y'shtola requested that I join you, but of her plans she offered scant detail...
Do you have that flask for me?
Yes...this should suffice. Thank you, Forename.
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