Somewhere out there, shrouded in the mists, is the ghost of a world that once was.Invideria is a place that is, and yet is not - a place that cannot be, yet persists nonetheless. It was the capital city of a long-fallen nation on the world of Terra Arcana, and its existence was thought to have been wiped out when the Worldrend destroyed the planet. It should have been the end of the beautiful city, and the death of its legacy - the only remnants its former citizens, scattered as they were amongst the cities and countries they or their forebears had left when arcane magic had first been scourged from Istralar. Should have been does not always mean was. Despite its destruction, Invideria has been glimpsed for millennia at the world's edges. Travellers return home reporting strange feelings of being watched, or the light of a town nearby in the mist - only for nothing to be there when they travel into it in search of shelter. Experienced mages have studied the phenomenon, but little can be gleaned from rare impressions. Until the 5620s, it was assumed that the city was more of a myth than a reality.
Beyond the fog and beyond the planes, memories hold their shape in a remembrance of lost dreams...The mystery surrounding Invideria was finally shattered in the mid-5620s by a devoted team of adventurers and researchers sent out from Celesthem Temple, in conjunction with a planar research expert from Thrinda's Arcanium. The attempts had begun the previous decade as part of a formal inquest into presumed undead activity, drawing the attention of the Keepers of Divinity and providing a rare opportunity for the arcane-divine divide to be breached through cooperation; however, results were scarce.
One night, however, the addition of a psychic wielder - though her abilities remain a well-kept secret and are not general knowledge for her own safety - joined the group upon one confirmed sighting of Invideria. As the group traversed the mists, something odd occurred, and they found themselves displaced. Not entirely to the Ethereal Plane, as they first thought, but to an Ethereal Plane location that seemed to bleed uncomfortably close to somewhere else. Current theories are that they brushed up against another dimension on this bizarre expedition - perhaps the Dimension of Dreams, or more worryingly, the Dimension of Time. Not only did they find themselves dimensionally displaced, but their location seemed to have shifted quite dramatically - for they now found themselves standing in the long-forgotten streets of Città dell'Invideria, the City of Envies. Shorn from its rightful place and left bereft of its populace, the city seemed to twist around them, its architecture utterly nonsensical yet brilliant. They were utterly euphoric, and gleefully began their studies. After spending three days there, the expedition began to hallucinate violently, their memories beginning to slip beyond their grasp; after five, they fled.
Theories on InvideriaTime and dreams share a few constants, chief among them their ties to life and memory. The dramatic energies around Terra Arcana's explosion and the leylines tying its avatars together bring to mind no small number of theories of why the City of Envies would haunt its people's former and present homeland. If psychic magic is tied so closely to being able to tread its paths, too, and if the ability to walk those distant streets is seemingly infectious - then what psychic scar is this city, and why has it only now resurfaced? Who was that woman?
Invideria? No. Don't ask me again. No further student or faculty of the Arcanium will be entertaining the idea of travelling there!