After The Fall
Taikasaari is a magical place. The light on top of the highest tower of the Arcane Palace, the World Beacon, can be seen on the mainland across the Second Sea, for it reaches up a mile like a golden lance plunged into the heavens. Around this spire lay the circular city, its uncounted splendours built on top of a great black rock ringed with high towers that make it look like an obsidian crown raised from the deeps of the sea.
The city is a marvel of organization, ingenuity, and sheer magical might. Colourfully paved streets radiate from the centre like a spider’s web teeming with wealthiest and mightiest people in the world. Amidst the fantastically varied and opulently decorated mansions one can find unheard of entertainments and the most wondrous of luxuries. Taikasaari is a true monument to mortal ambition and accomplishment.
It is the mighty Arcane Colleges, societies of the most powerful wizards, alchemists and other adepts of the Art, that have ensured the prosperity of this great city for millennia. One of the oldest of these is the venerable Velhohovi, whose eponymous home rises next to the Arcane Palace, the golden dome of its Great Hall big and bright during the day like a second sun.