Candlekeep is a fortress library that stands on a cliff, looking down upon the Sea of Swords. The library is filled with books and scrolls of knowledge, and it was the home of the great seer Alaundo, who among other visions, foresaw the coming of the Bhaalspawn. To gain entry to the halls of wisdom, a visitor must gift the library collection with a new tome of immense value. The path to Candlekeep is called the Way of the Lion.
Enchantments within the fortress prevent any of the books, scrolls, or other forms of storing knowledge from catching flame or coming to any other harm.
The Avowed is the name the monks of Candlekeep call themselves. The Avowed are ruled by the Keeper of the Tomes, Ulraunt, and his assistant, First Reader Tethtoril.
The small community of monks and scholars residing in Candlekeep mainly favours Oghma, the god of knowledge, as well as the deities Deneir, Gond, and Milil.