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Libraries in Achaea: a Discussion
I don't typically start up discussions, but I've been wondering about this for a while now so I figured I'd try to gauge people's feelings.
Libraries in Achaea seem, to me, like wasted potential for character growth and development, both in the individual sense and as organizations. Now, I can't obviously speak for every City and House and Order, but I have visited a good handful of places only to find that their libraries are substantially lacking in either literature or use. I know that not everyone is into significant roleplaying, that there are people who just want to have a grand old time bashing and hunting and sparring, and that's totally fine! I'm not here to judge anyone's playing style or preferences. Furthermore, I know that as an outsider looking in, I don't and can't have a complete idea of how things work in communities not my own.
What I want to discuss is the opportunities that libraries can offer everyone - from young combatants seeking information to hone their skills, to haughty academics looking for new ideas on how the world works, to aspiring bards looking to get their work out into the world for people to experience. Libraries are bastions of knowledge, institutions devoted to thought and the communication of ideas. Yet, I feel that few people really appreciate them as such. I know writing is difficult and that we each have a finite amount of time to spend enjoying ourselves, but it's not just about writing books; hold a quiz, play some games, have a lecture or a discussion! In much the same way that real libraries offer a multitude of services and not just book loans, I think the libraries of Achaea should be considered as similar opportunities for enjoyment and growth.
Because this is a discussion and not just me ranting about how underappreciated libraries are, I'd like to ask for anyone and everyone's opinions on the subject.