Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #284
October 12th, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Tolfastun – Part 4
Location: Northwest Tuton Maug of Noldrune, southeast of Anum Taag
Population (approx.): 113 (Damiara, School of the Arcane)
Brief: Tolfastun has attracted all manner of users of magic over the ages for two distinct and very different reasons. Initially it was simply the nature of the citadel itself, being from the dawn of time and of uncertain but unusual provenance. Magicians, usually with attendant companions and warrior guards, arrived to look in all the nooks and crannies, from highest spire to the lowest levels of the underdark, seeking things known only to them with the usual ranges of success. Later, as Tolfastun became the center for those who would protect the region, the Arcane Guild established a Chantry in the “lowest” spire (in height of the three) including, at some point, a Wayfinders Guildhouse and waypoint. The Guild supports the citadel council with magicians supporting the guardians and other defenders of Tolfastun, and enchanters enhancing the protections of the citadel and those within. In parallel there are resident seers and scholars who investigate both the distant past of Tolfastun and artifacts and remnants of more recent historical events, notably relics from the Wastelands to the south.
Zorfis, male Eladrin, 147, is an Enchanter of magic items for Damiara, School of the Arcane at Tolfastun. He is of middling height and has one pointed right ear with a notch. His hair is silver, and he takes pains to perm it curly to differentiate himself from the other Eladrin. Zorfis is very concerned about his appearance and wears formal clothes whenever he leaves home. He may also seem churlish. Zorfis studied martial arts and now teaches classes in his spare time.
Zorfis's job is to embed magic spells into various weapons and armor. He uses a selection of spells, and the school advertises this service. Occasionally, Zorfis takes a special request for more powerful spells and jumps at the chance to fulfill these opportunities. Zorfis would like to go on an adventure sometime soon as he gets bored with his work.
Zorfis is divorced from Olxis, female Eladrin, 140. They have two children together and several grandchildren. Zorfis lives in a room at the school. He furnished it himself, and it looks outlandish to most people. He has five friends, and they party most of the weekend. Zorfis wants to find someone new to date but is shy around women.
Geography: The Arcane Guild occupies the shortest of the three spires of Tolfastun. The Wayfinder waypoint can be found at the very top of the lower spire (location 7 see below). Below that is the great hall of the Chantry, where students are taught, and meetings are held. Further down are three libraries, dedicated to people, places and things, laboratories and workshops, then the living quarters of the residents from luxurious penthouses of ancient wizards to the packed dormitories of apprentices and Grogs (the warrior bodyguards serving the Guild). With the help of the folk of the underdark, the Guild created and watches over a number of special vaults in the depths under Tolfastun. Here items of a special (usually dark or evil) nature are locked away or in recent cases of Ta’arnan artifacts, examined for the causes of the Empire’s collapse.