571. The shadows of Elinhir

For the mage, knowledge is reason. Being without it feels like living in a windowless room without candles, with the darkness filled by all their fears, self-doubts, and angst. But to light a candle is to cast a shadow… and oft what hides in the shadows is far more terrifying then what was undiscovered in the dark.

571 (a). The shadows of Elinhir

Elinhir, the City of the Mages, is thought to be the oldest still standing city in all Craglorn. Yet whether it retains that distinction for much longer, or ends up just another of the unremembered ruins that cover this rugged region may well depend upon our deeds this day.

571 (b). The shadows of Elinhir571 (c). The shadows of Elinhir

Many years ago the mage Blackcaster and his followers came to Elinhir, drawn by the ancient Nedic towers that dominated her skyline. Blackcaster seemed to sense the latent power interred in the then-empty Apex Towers, but understood it not. The struggling settlement, being little more then a refuge for the displaced and the disenchanted, lived under constant menace from the clans of Iron Orcs in the mountains. So the Blackcaster offered them his protection in exchange for a home for himself and his followers. The mistrustful leaders of Elinhir declined and bid him depart. However, soon a fierce clan of Orcs threatened to lay siege to the city, only for Blackcaster and his mages to drive them away, and then they were welcomed into the city as saviours.

571 (d). The shadows of Elinhir571 (e). The shadows of Elinhir

For hundreds of years the city flourished under the protection of the Blackcaster Mages Guild. Generations of the mages however failed to unlock the secrets of the Apex Towers; there is nothing more maddening to men of knowledge then the obstinate unknown. But then one day a man approached and promised to unveil the elusive secrets of Nedic magics in exchange for the location of the Celestial Mage’s Apex Stone that was hidden beneath the city. The Blackcaster’s leaders imprudently agreed.

571 (f). The shadows of Elinhir

The ancient knowledge imparted afflicted the Blackcaster Mages with an insatiable thirst for power, and they turned upon the cities inhabitants, hunting every other mage to harvest their magicka as a vampire harvests blood. Everyone else either fled or died to the atronachs that overran the city streets unchallenged.

571 (g). The shadows of Elinhir

Now Elinhir teeters on the brink of ruination, its one-time protectors have drained it’s life and the city burns and crumbles about them. The surviving mages think they were betrayed, but they were not, for The Serpent kept his end of the bargain by lighting them a candle… but oft what hides in the shadows is far more terrifying then what was undiscovered in the dark.

571 (h). The shadows of Elinhir

S.K

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