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The Sorcerer City of Notarikon

Across the bay from the great city of Paragonia and marking the start of the Great Western Road lies the Sorcerer City of Notarikon, splayed out across the sands like some bizarre gelatinous creature lifted from the depths of the ocean. Easily rivaling the size of the Capital of the Empire even before the Cataclysmic Wars, Notarikon lays claim to the most efficient and well developed irrigation and sewage systems on Elatreus. It was also the first city to openly use electricity in the form of a city-wide power grid; its invention made possible through deep study of magic and technology and has made it the envy of the modern world, with many attempts made by the Empire and other civilizations to emulate its use, but so far without any significant success.

But there were many developments that came out of this great city that changed the course of human history. For it was here they developed ‘weetweed’, a fast growing, magically disease resistant crop, and the prolific, and quite tasty, Chowhog as well as many other minor ‘tweaks’ of natural plants and animals that effectively made starvation and famine a thing of the past.

Most of the city is made of stone buildings that did not rise above five stories tall. This was intentional, for in the center of the Sorcerer City lies the sky-scraping building its citizens refer to as the Spire. This same building remains the tallest building in all of Elatreus and is home to the ruling council of 12 Archmages, responsible for regulating and controlling the study of magic across all of Elatreus and is accessed by ‘sky carts’ which allow easy access to even the highest floor without the need to climb the intimidating spiral staircase.

History of the Sorcerer City

Records show that the Sorcerer City of Notarikon was built upon an already existing city-state on the far eastern edge of the Kingdom of Parthania once called Torion. This independent city-state, Torion, would have likely faded into history if not for a single event nearly 2000 years ago.

For In the year 950 B.E. one of the last of the enigmatic and powerful Qahoori Nomads, Enkil, made his way to the fledgling city-state, offering his services to the King of Torion. The King accepted the Qahoori’s request, giving him the title of Court Sorcerer and authority as the King’s advisor.

Returning the King’s favor, Enkil taught a few members of the royal court deep secrets of magic and founded a great library above and beneath the city, henceforth referred to as the Grand Archives. The Grand Archives doubled as a magical fortress, protecting some ancient Qahoori text Enkil brought along with him as well as numerous other magical tomes he personally wrote over the centuries to follow.

In this same period of time, many Elves from the Elven Homelands were banished from their nation for violating the Elder Laws, allegedly by daring to innovate, invent, and experiment with magic in ways that did not correspond to said laws and in defiance of nature and their people’s definition of magic according to the Elder Tomes and disturbingly reminiscent of the events that lead to the fall of the Shadow Elves during the war in heaven.

These exiles, hearing of a Qahoori who seemingly shared a similar experimental mindset to exploring and experimenting with the limits of known magics, were drawn to Torion as a month to a flame. These exiles were allowed to live in the city by its King, as advised by Enkil, and they carried out their studies under the watchful eye of the Qahoori, who they thanked and referred to as the Great Teacher.

As the next 200 years passed, Torion slowly began to change. As more and more inquisitive minds and people talented and willing to study magic flock to the city an official ‘Council of Archmages’ began to form. The Torinian royal family and royal court became less and less relevant, as they could not handle Torion’s influx of magic casters as well as the council could. Finally, the last King of Torion ceded his authority to the Council of Archmages – becoming little more than a figurehead. This momentous event in the year 750 B.E. marked the foundation of the Sorcerer City of Notarikon.

The next few centuries marked the golden age for the Sorcerer City. Under the leadership of the Council of Archmages, Notarikon prospered and became the largest city in the continent at the time, nearly rivaling the size of modern-day Paragonia.

But the royal family of Torion aren’t the only people who became less relevant. Enkil, the Great Teacher and founder of the Grand Archives, became more and more reclusive after the King of Torion ceded his authority to the Council of Archmages. And finally, in the year 200 B.E. Enkil disappeared from Notarikon and the annals of history. Neither his destination nor the reasons for his departure were ever known even by the Council of Archmages. Even today, the Council still attempts to find his whereabouts, sending expeditions every few years to all corners of Elatreus and beyond for any signs of their Great Founder.

In the years after his disappearance, the Sorcerer City of Notarikon maintains and protects its neutrality in the matters of the world. The city enjoys its unique status as neutral grounds and a place of high academia amongst the other nations of Elatreus. For over a century, Notarikon made full use of its golden age.

Until the year 31 B.E. rolled by. The same year Shazn’Oegtol, First and most famous of the Deathknights, found the Brand of the Fallen and ignited the Catalysmic Wars that engulfed all of Elatreus.

The Cataclysmic Wars

During the wars that set Eletreus aflame, Notarikon’s continued it’s status as a neutral city state was challenged by the power mad DeathKnight. Immediately following a failed reconnaissance mission to ascertain the condition of the Great Library of Khartoum currently occupied by the Thanish army, the Deathknight himself sent an ultimatum to the Sorcerer City, promising their destruction after Silverleaf falls if they do not send him their most treasured volumes and tomes of forbidden knowledge.

After several tense court sessions, the Council finally decided that an alliance with the Aleutian Empire would be the best possible course of action.

It was during this exact moment that the Cataclysmic Wars reached its zenith.

At the start of the year 23 B.E., the Deathknight summons the gargantuan Golgoloth, bringing it into the world by combining a portion of his dark soul with the power of the Brand, and it rises up from the sea to serve his army.

Just as the Golgoloth heaves into view of a terrified Silverleaf, the Paragon and the Great Wyrm arrive and a battle of epic proportions breaks out between the two giant beasts.

The Great Wyrm defeats the Golgoloth, but is badly injured in the fight and flies away as the Deathknight and the Paragon fight for the second time. Much stronger and more confident than before, the Paragon even manages to wound the Deathknight – but this is not the tale of that fight or that war, only its outcome on the status of the cites neutrality.

The real tale of the city begins when, only a few short years after peace was restored, a variant ritual went terribly wrong, the failed spell opened a rift in time space and ushered in KURZATCHAL, the Life Ender who tore the city to its very foundations.

So many precious tomes of knowledge and magic were lost forever, never to be re-learned, for after the great disaster at Notarikon, the newly-founded Aleutian Empire annexed the Sorcerer City, bringing the once-independent city-state into its borders as they try to salvage whatever tomes remain.

The Edict of Paragonia and the Imperial Mage Capital of Notarikon

It took decades before the Empire could rebuild Notarikon to its former glory, but the Sorcerer City was no more. With the threat of the Thanish Kingdoms and the Deathknight held at bay in the wake of the Cataclysmic Wars, the Paragon turned to ensuring that such a catastrophic incident could never happen again, distilling his formidable wisdom into the mighty tome known as the Edict of Paragonia. This text became a major part of his legacy and the cornerstone upon which the future of the Imperial Mage Capital of Notarikon would be based.

The Edict of Paragonia is a set of sacred tomes second only in holiness to the Elder Tomes itself. It is a set of strict rules, edicts, and guidelines designed to prevent any catastrophic disasters or incidents caused by magical spells. The set of rules primarily constrains and controls the teachings and sanctioning of spells above the 6th Tier, where any mishap can prove just as disastrous as the Tragedy of Notarikon. However, the Edict of Paragonia also outlines the ideal for the moral behavior, organization, tactical doctrines, and application of magic casters both in times of peace and warfare.

Upon the Edict‘s implementation, in an event that would rename the former Sorcerer City into the Imperial Mage Capital, each of the newly elected councilors retained their ranks, responsibility, and some level of political primacy amongst their peers. However, since the Imperial Mage Capital is no longer an autonomous city-state, the new Council of Archmages report directly to the Imperial Court and the Aleutian Empire’s Royal Family.

In addition, the Archmage Council is required to supply a certain percentage of their yearly trained magic casters to the Aleutian Empire’s army in order to serve as battle mages according to the yearly tithes as decreed by the Imperial Court. Furthermore, members of the Archmage Council will serve as court sorcerers to the Royal Family, providing magical protection, scrying, and other magical services as required by the Royal Family.

Aside from the aforementioned changes to the city’s political standing, status, and laws, the Imperial Mage Capital of Notarikon still maintains its status as a place of high academia and deep study of magic. Even today, many sorcerers, wizards, and magic casters from all the corners of the world flock there to study magic.

 

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