Book of Serpents, Ash, and Acorns

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Little is known of the Book of Serpents, Ash, and Acorns: Shadows of What Was and Will Be, a supposedly intelligent tome which provides the most complete information concerning travel to the mysterious Dimension of Time.1

Originally discovered in a market in the Plane of Fire's City of Brass, it is cold to the touch and contain pages made of a malleable form of compacted ash. Only creatures originally from the Inner Sphere are able to use the information in this book, as deities and other inhabitants of the Outer Sphere seem unable to reach this realm. The author of the work is unknown, as are their intentions in penning the book. Even though travel to the Dimension of Time is not dangerous in itself, any attempt to interfere with one's own past is dealt with quite harshly, with the offending person trapped in an inescapable logic loop or excised completely from reality as we know it. The book's mysterious epilogue simply reads "In Stethelos, I am waiting," although no one knows to whom or what this refers.2

A study of the ancient structure in the Hold of Belkzen, known as the Seraph's Ladder, is recorded in the Book of Serpents, Ash, and Acorns.3

The book was actually written by a scholar from Earth called Empedocles.4


  1. Jason Bulmahn et al. (2014). Occult Mysteries, p. 57. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-649-2
  2. Amber Stewart. (2009). The Great Beyond: A Guide to the Multiverse, p. 50–51. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-167-1
  3. Tyler Beck, Jason Garrett, Alex Greenshields, and David Schwartz. (2015). "Belkzen Gazetteer". Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, p. 9. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-710-9
  4. Greg A. Vaughan. (2019). Rise of New Thassilon. Rise of New Thassilon, p. 39–40. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-106-1