A few thoughts about Mor Aldenn

Let me tell you a bit about the city I’m working on. Hopefully by answering the following questions, you’ll get an idea of what this setting will be like, but remember, everything could easily change.

Why is Mor Aldenn called the City of Mages?

Its quite simple actually. The first people to pass through these lands were elven wizards from Ossindil. They were looking for the old kingdoms in the west, but found a wild realm that wanted to stop them in their explorations. It was also wizards, humans and elves, who fought and killed the green dragon that used to inhabit the island. The first building of what was to become Mor Aldenn, was actually, the Tower of All-Magic. They feel a special connection to this land and with the rise of the Mage Guild, have claimed the city as their own, and so far, there have been no contenders to this claim.

Who rules Mor Aldenn?

Most moraldenns would claim that the city is actually ruled by the mages, even though the city is ruled by the mayor. The mages choose the mayor and they have the power to remove him from the office as well. The mayor lives at one of the southern isles, in a mansion that was build more than hundred years ago by the mages. He has lots of servants, guards and the mages shower him with gifts that keep him entertained. There is a small prison below his mansion, but it is rarely in use. The current mayor, Oswin Theodorick, has two important mage advisors, Master Balsadarus and the Lady Salyssa Fadhyra. The mayor has some power, and is sometimes asked to make rulings as the city’s judge, but most often, people come to the mages with their complaints.

Are there any thieves in Mor Aldenn?

Yes, of course. This is a prosperous city at the center of the realm. Lots of caravans pass through here, which means that lots of coins pass through here as well. Granted, its a small and young city, but of course you’ll find a small Thieves’ Guild here, often referred to as the Guild. They are careful and stay far away from the business of the mages, which is probably why they can still be found in Mor Aldenn. The guildmaster is also the proprietor of the Ugly Harpy, a fat human called Yargus Tem (male human, rogue9).

What races can be found in the city?

There is, of course, most humans and elves, which means that there are half-elves as well. You’ll find halflings, centaurs, gnomes and even a small tribe of kobolds here as well. The moraldenns are not very prejudistic, which means that you’ll sometimes meet goblins, orcs, lizardfolk and even giants here as well, but so far none have made the city their own.

The houses of Mor Aldenn?

The elves of Ossindrillon have build most of the house in the city, with the help of the humans of course. This means that most houses in Mor Aldenn are small works of art, with lots of unique details. Its also uncommon to find a single story house in the city, most houses have two or even three storeys, with beautiful balconies. Most houses have glass windows and a small garden, either in front of the house, or behind. Shopowners live above their shops and six inns cater to the travellers that come to visit Mor Aldenn.

Why did the mages abandon the Tower of Conjuration?

A demon inhabits the Tower of Conjuration, and has done so for the last 57 years. In the beginning, the mages tried to kill the demon, but that seemed an impossible task and so they abandoned the cause. The summoners had tried to summon a powerful demon, which they did, but unfortunately for them, their protective circles were not powerful enough to hold the demon. They were all killed, brutally, and its believed to this day that their bones litter the great Summoning Hall. Fortunately for the city, the protective runes that grace the outer and inner walls of the tower, were strong enough to keep the demon locked away inside. Moraldenns also call this tower Demonhome or even the Fallen Tower.

Who is Grey the Diviner?

The Tower of Divination is without a doubt the smallest of the mage towers. It is located on one of the southern isles, atop a steep hill. It is also called the Lonely Tower because of its single inhabitant, the diviner, Grey. He is a hermit of sorts, though sometimes people come to visit him, asking for his advice. They all return with the feeling that this man must be mad, and rarely does any of them think that what Grey told them, could be true.

Where can I find the centaurs?

The centaurs actually have their own lands inside the city, also called the Horse Downs. This is, basically, an open part of the city, located near the Tower Hill, where the centaurs live in their large colorful tents. They are also allowed to keep bonfires here, which they do every night. The centaurs have a chosen leader among them, a fighter named Orregil Silvermane (male centaur, fighter5/ranger5).

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2 Comments on “A few thoughts about Mor Aldenn”

  1. flat_footed Says:

    I’m just skimming at this point, but I’m assuming that the “Horse Downs” is a widely accepted name for the centaur’s habitat only amongst the non-centaur population. It feels as though it would be offensive for a centaur to hear their home being titled as such. Not unlike how a minotaur would not like being called a cow or steer.

    Plus if you have need, I’d love to stat out some of the character’s you have described! As long as you are ok with me doing so, of course! 🙂

    • cityofmages Says:

      I hadn’t thought about it that way, but I guess you are right, actually, it may be a very old name, with references to the ancient green dragon that lived on the isle and who must have eaten a lot of horses (and other animals), I bet when the first heroes came here, they found bones of horses, griffons, humans and whatnot on the Downs.

      Hmm, I dont think they would mind terrible to live on the Horse Downs, I mean, they are related (somehow) to horses, and being intelligent beings, must accept this ancestral link. I do, however, agree, that they probably would mind being called horses! 🙂

      Well, I wouldn’t mind that at all, FF.

      Are you familiar with the Pathfinder RPG? I was going to wait until the final Pathfinder RPG book was out, but I dont think the basic rules will be all that different from the Beta playtest version.


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