The Starlit Tower has existed in its current state for 50,000 years and has been passed from master to master but has always been a school of intense magical study. At one point, directly after its creation, it was overseen by the royal family but as the royal lineage diverged away from being purely masters of magic so did the responsibility of continuing the school. Despite being at the head of its field in the Human Empire
it was not given the official international title of Academy until nearly 5,000 years after it began teaching magic. A mere display of Arcane proficiency or compiled history didn't prove enough to impress the High Council of the Arcane
at the time, they had sufficiently high standards and were at first resistant to the idea of another Academy being founded on the Northern Continent
. It wasn't until the Starlit Tower came into the possession of several powerful artifacts from the Shadowfell
that they were considered to be a competent establishment.
The artifacts that the tower obtained were research tools and armor from a Shadowfell
civilization that appeared to be completely alien to Isekai. Instead of originating with one of the Divine Races
this design seemed to exist independent of the natural metals and magic known to the world, it amplified internal energy generated by the mind. The headmaster at the time theorized that the technology in question would allow a being that lacked sufficient emotional control to manifest their will in spaces saturated with magic, much like how Fey creatures can enact physical changes to reality through their emotional energy. This analysis and the threat of a great enemy lurking in the darker places of the world were enough to gain them recognition but they did not stop there. Through the use of high-level scrying magic and a field specialist, they were able to set up a research lab in the Feywild
and trace the technology back to its point of origin.
This origin was a tear in the depths of the Shadowfell
that the research team described as a leak. Not a leak wherein the world was being sucked into another area, that would have been much more noticeable to other institutions and beings of the Shadowfell
, but rather it was a tear where something else was leaking in. Immediate attempts to interact with the leak were dangerous, resulting in the loss of magic items and even researchers. Any attempt at interaction was like interaction with a void, an unending void that would devour anything that touched it, whether the thing lost to the void was destroyed or merely transported to a different area is unknown to this day. The decision was eventually made to seal off this area completely, placing a seal upon the deep cavern in question so that it would be contained within its own dimension, an arcane prison of sorts that sent the void to a containment area meant for imprisoning terrible foes.
After these events, the High Council of the Arcane
gave Starlit Tower some particular notice, especially since it remained truly unknown whether the particular method of containment worked or if anything came out of the void while it was active in the Shadowfell
. The technology and artifacts would certainly suggest a sentient and intelligent race from beyond the void but there was no verifiable proof of anything aside from a dangerous rift in space and time.