Regarding gaining information on what we'll be fighting there is an elf named Rubigard Spinks who suppossedly knows a lot of monster lore. His main pursuit is discovering the original creators of a variety of magical beasts. My butler claims he is currently attempting to discover the original creator of the owl bear. Rubigard himself is a very capable swordsman and must have a lot of wealth built up for his pursuits. My brother has already mentioned having our man do some of our leg work, he is the only one I know of who could find this elf. Rubigard has several offices and apartments all over Waterdeep, we might get lucky and catch him at one. One other thing, not surprising for an elf but this one is a flamer. He is referred to in scholarly cirlces as "The Sphinx".