Sharn: The Cauldron
Chief Librarian of Morgrave University
An orangutan. About 300lb, very long arms, reddish-brown hair
The Librarian is the Chief Librarian for Morgrave University Library
Being an ape, he is known for his violent reaction to most people calling him a “monkey.” He speaks a language whose vocabulary consists primarily of the single word Ook (or Oook), inflected for simple affirmations and negations. Eeek is also occasionally heard, particularly in moments of panic or rage. Nonetheless, most people seem able to understand him.
The Librarian tends to spend his leisure hours at the Broken Drum (in Downstairs), where he drinks quietly unless provoked, eats prodigious quantities of peanuts, and plays a ruthless game of cards with anyone foolish enough to take him on.
The Librarian is a faculty member, and is believed to have once been a human wizard. A strong wave of magic, altering reality, transformed the Librarian into an orangutan; at that time, his colleagues still remembered how he looked as a human. Back then, wizards were much too busy to help him get back to his original human form (although there is no record of his asking for help, either). After things settled down, the Librarian’s colleagues found that he liked being an orangutan, and fought all efforts to transform him back to human. The Librarian found out that opposable toes come in very handy when climbing up the book-shelves and sorting books. Also, a very large and strong orang-utan has more plausible arguments when talking about dog-ears and overrun return deadlines. Although the senior wizards looked very hard for one, there are no rules in the university constitution forbidding an orangutan to be a member of the college council.
Very soon, people forgot how the Librarian looked as a human, or what his given name was (though the latter is true for most other faculty members as well). This was helped along by the Librarian methodically removing, defacing or otherwise altering any and all photographs and records of his name in the University files.