1. Council of the Tome Overview
The Council of the Tome is the ruling body of the Mages’ Guild of Malland. It is, without a doubt, the most powerful congress of Wizards in the world. Within their capital, Malland, the Council holds custody over the Second Tome of the Goddesse Herself, a grimoire of untold powers.
For three centuries, the Council acted as a diplomatic force around the world. In recent years, however, a series of dire setbacks, most notably the Pillage of Sumara in the Year 292 of the Third Age, led the Council to withdraw from distant courts and regroup, leaving its armed counterpart, the Order of the Blue Flame, to take on a more prominent role in the world affairs.
2. Origins of the Council
Following the discovery of the Second Tome of the Goddess Herself, it was decided that a small body of Wizards would be granted access to the Tome to conduct research on magic. Wizards, under strict surveillance from the Order of the Blue Flame, were supposed to stay one step ahead of anyone wishing to learn the secrets of arcana. Their task was to give the Order the knowledge and capacity to quell any threat of a magical nature.
For decades, the Wizards were not allowed anywhere near the Tome without Paladins standing guard over their shoulders. All this changed in the Year 107 of the Third Age, when a new demonic cult arose in the Fair Isles. Warlocks, as its members would later be called, had secretly developed means of tapping into the Chaotic Plane of Existence. How they were able to breach the Shield of the Goddess Herself is still unknown, but these Warlocks raided Malland with their newfound powers. They used spells of an eldritch nature against the Order of the Blue Flame and caused much devastation before the Wizards were allowed to stand up and challenge them. The ensuing spell battle caused even more destruction. Fireballs, Eldritch Blasts, Meteor Storms, Demonic Invocations and other colorful spells of mass-destruction were thrown back and forth in the streets. Somehow, the City of Malland officially became an island that day.
Following the raid, both the Wizards and the Order came to the realization that other kinds of magical powers not only existed, but were also accessible to anyone willing to spend some time studying it. The fact that a cult of tribesmen on a remote island was able to breach the Shield of the Goddess Herself staggered the known world. The Great Realms began questioning the capacity of the Order to protect not only the Tome, but the world itself, from a new magical catastrophe.
Thus, the Council of the Tome was born. This circle of Wizards, from now on, would oversee the « correct » development of magic around the world by sending teachers and mentors to the nations that could afford them.
Council of the Tome
Writer : Maxime Castonguay