Mai of course had been curious as to what all of this was about--why the detachment of soldiers, what was happening in the world, what's the deal with the red sky, all that stuff--but with no answers forthcoming she left it alone and concentrated on her magical studies, putting the final touches on a couple spell theorems she'd been working on.
When the drow shapeshifter approached and asked about the tomes, she silently cursed herself for letting that slip her mind.
"No, I suppose I've been a bit preoccupied, but that isn't a bad idea," she replied, getting up from her resting place, retrieving the books and the gem from their stash and bringing them back over so they could take a look. She had that same curious half-grin on her face that she gets when learning something new. "Let's find out, shall we?"