Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #95

 Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #95 

April 5th, 2023 

  • Number: 95 

  • Name: The AEther Wheel 

  • Location: In the woods midway between Spiritminster and Arrowwick on the North Coast Highway (NCH) of Carasta.  

  • Population (approx.): 40-80 (varies with the projects underway) 

  • Brief: As might be expected, Guilds are rife with politics. Sometimes the Arcane Guild, given their nature and potential power, is the worst of all. This is especially true with respect to access to the Carasta Cascade, the Ley Line that descends through the city into the ocean beyond. Several years ago, a small band of magicians, of limited access due to stature, skill or past interactions within the Guild, departed Carasta with an idea that some labelled madness. Over a day’s travel west, where the Ley Line dips south of Spiritminster and crosses NCH, the covenant purchased a stretch of forest and began to build a tall structure of wood and stone vaguely resembling a windmill. When completed, they plan to install magicked materials in the hope they can guide or conduct a small portion of the AEther flowing overhead down toward their own, soon to be built, magical laboratory. At present time, oddsmakers of the Gaming Guild, are giving 3:1 odds that the covenant blows itself up and 30:1 odds that they take the coast with them. The Arcane Guild carefully watches the construction rise into the sky but is of a mixed collective mind what to do about the situation. 

  • Geography: The AEther Wheel is being constructed in the forests west of the North Coast Highway about midway between Spiritminster and Arrowwick. The site features an old farmhouse that has been renovated into the home of the convenant. Several workshops have been constructed nearby. A hundred yards away, in the center of a cleared circle, hired carpenters and stone masons slowly assemble the tall windmill like structure using construction methods that avoid both metal and magic. The magicians only want specialized magic-senstive materials to be eventually added to the vanes of the Wheel and conduits in the central tower to move the AEther according to their whims and plans.  

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