Er’Stali was able to translate most of the book of Kemalok Kings in as little as two athasian weeks using the spell comprehend languages. While Lyannius studied the book for nearly a century but was barely able to make a dent in the work.
Another forum goer pointed out the spells description is open to interpretation. I play using pathfinder rules and the spell seems very clear to me. The spell as written on the pathfinder are allows Er’Stali to read 1 page every minute and has a duration of 10 minutes per level. We know he’s an old sorcerer slave so for the sake of calculations let’s say he’s 5th level ( starting level 3 and gained 2 levels over the course of his entire life since he’s a house slave who’s not allowed to grow very strong) that means he can read 50 pages per application of the spell. The spell is 1st level so he can memorize it 3 times without intelligence bonus. So 150 pages a day for 15- 30 days depending on how fast Maryam got the book to him. I lean closer to 15 based on the novel. So by my calculations he was able to translate a maximum of 2250 pages in the time he was given.
The spell assumes about 250 words per page. So I suppose there could be some interpretation. If the book is physically very large and holds let’s say 500 words per page than just cut my numbers in half for example.
Am I missing something else? We didn’t want to bloat the original thread hence I created this topic.