"I was but a child when I took my first steps into the Grand Arcaneum. A child who got a bit too rowdy in the home I was then staying in, sparked a flash of untempered magic that brought the Society to the doorsteps and which eventually brought me to theirs. My child self, sheltered as I was, must have thought it like a prison sentence. Yet, the trek there softened that well enough! The bridge utterly flabbergasted me! Absolutely beautiful, how something like that could even exist, but it was nothing compared to the Arcaneum itself. A monolith of stone.The trek to it was daunting. Best way to describe it. The tower only got bigger and bigger as they escorted me there, and the doorway seemed a bit underwhelming at first until we passed the threshold.
First thing that hit me was that it was...loud! So many colorful bustling bodies making their way around the lobby, but then I noticed the ceiling, a dome that mimicked the outside world's sky. And then the doors! Doors lining the circular room, opening and closing. People going in. People going out! And the walls! All manners of banners and pictures and portraits and other knick knacks just for everyone who has had the privilege to tread within that marvelous place.
Now, the images have started to fade slightly but I will never forget my wonder. It would be a taste for what was to come with my forays into the art of magic, even if there would be gaps in between. As one may come to expect in a scholarly life. And I had not realized it then, as I stared at everything in that lobby with my mouth gaping open, but I would soon consider the Arcaneum my second home, and the Society the family I had always longed for, and would continue to do so for the next four decades of my life."
The Society and RegulationThe Arcane Society's founding purpose was to regulate the use of potentially dangerous magic on the continent of Varia which, despite the institution’s name, includes both arcane and divine magics. The most straightforward way the Society fulfills this task involves the registration of any mages with the Society, giving them free reign to observe their conduct as it relates to the use of magic. This mandate applies more so to casters of the arcane variety; however, divinely inclined mages may receive a pass for being associated with the Order of Avalon. Otherwise, the Society possesses alternative means of identifying and pinpointing possible abuses. Under the Avonian Accords, the Society has jurisdiction over the entire continent of Varia to capture and detain mages guilty of undocumented use of extremely dangerous or forbidden magics.
The Society and ScholarshipSecondary to their policing of dangerous magics, the Society also involves itself in the study, research, and development of magical studies. Over the ages, the Society has gradually become more well known for its scholarly pursuits, making it one of the premier magical research communities in Zentrem. It manages one of, if not the, vastest collections of magical scholarships which they have partly opened to the public for utilization. In relation to this purpose, the Society also provides magical services as well as access to enchanted items, for the appropriate price.
"The Arcane Society has always been a place where like-minded scholars can study magic! In a safe, not world-ending environment. And we just happen to do the same regulatory processes for magic users all over Varia. After all, magic is awesome!...But it can also be awesomely dangerous."
—Grand Magister Alexandre du Faeien
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- Cleaning services
- Courier services
- Enchanted armaments
- Item creation services
- Magical analysis
- Messaging and post services
- Moving services (local and distant)
- Property warding
- Limited scrying
- Scroll writing
- Teleportation to select locations
- Translations and scribing
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