The Observatory:

The observatory is older than any known settlement in the region, and its origins and purpose remain a mystery. The ancient structure was obviously built to accommodate beings much larger than humans, and it has been preserved through the ages by powerful magic. Who built the ancient structure and why is as yet unknown.

The city of Skywatch began as a simple outpost, built by House Surtova, to study the observatory, during the early years of Issia‘s history. This fortification was overtaken by the Aldori during Issia’s constant war with neighboring Rostland, and it served as an Aldori stronghold even after Choral the Conqueror brought both nations to their knees and united them under his rule.

A few years later, however, Choral and his red dragon allies put an end to the Aldori separatists at Skywatch, burning the fortress to the ground. Choral then showed a great deal of interest in the observatory and began excavating and researching the mysterious observatory after the Aldori defeat and built the modern city of Skywatch atop the original settlement’s burnt ruins. After his departure, House Rogarvia took over the endeavor on Choral’s behalf. The goals and any results from this examination of the observatory are unknown.

Strangely, on the same day in 4699 AR that every member of House Rogarvia disappeared, Skywatch sealed itself off from all outsiders, including supply caravans. Since that day, no message sent to Skywatch has received a response and even powerful divination magic fails to penetrate the city’s ancient walls.

Since Rogvald’s coup, General Markus’ army, a battalion of giants under Captain Velgoth, 19 Striders, and 5 hydras have been sent to camp near Skywatch. Why such a large force has been sent to a sealed city is unknown, and only Rogvald himself and a select few of The Circle mages are permitted to communicate with Markus.


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