The Vanishing

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The Conqueror sat only briefly on the Dragonscale Throne
of the new nation he forged, soon leaving his family to rule
in his name. For two centuries, the Rogarvias held the Ruby
Fortress and ruled from New Stetven, pacifying minor
uprisings and rebellions, and working to weld two disparate
lands into one. Under Rogarvian rule, the nation came to
be known as Brevoy and grew into a significant northern
power. Yet even the greatest of dynasties do not last forever.

In the middle of winter in early 4699 ar, every member
of House Rogarvia vanished without a trace. Rumors flew of
palace coups and sinister plots, but it quickly became clear
that what had occured was something altogether stranger
than a mere rebellion. There was no evidence of foul play
or struggle within the royal palace, nor in any of the noble
villas owned by the Rogarvias throughout the land—the
nobles were simply gone, leaving empty manors scattered
across Brevoy. A brief period of chaos and panic followed,
but by the end of the year, the Surtovas had made their move.
Citing their age-old ties with the Conqueror’s line, they
were quick to seize power in New Stetven and extend their
reach across Brevoy. With all of Issia seemingly backing
the move, Rostland (whose standing army and defenses
had increasingly shifted north during Rogarvian rule) had
little choice but to bend its knee again. Today, King Noleski
Surtova holds the Ruby Fortress and the Dragonscale
Throne, yet it remains to be seen how long he can maintain
this rule over a kingdom growing increasingly fractious.

High in the northern Icerime Peaks is a city built around
an ancient observatory discovered by the Surtovas
centuries ago in the early days of Issia. In spite of its
apparent age, the observatory is perfectly preserved,
maintained by a powerful, lingering magic. The same
night House Rogarvia vanished, Skywatch sealed its gates,
and the walled city has allowed no one to enter or leave
since, not even couriers or supply caravans. Messages
and envoys sent to Skywatch have been ignored and none
are known to have left. Even divination magic cannot
penetrate its walls to discover what is going on within, or
even if anyone there is still alive.

The Vanishing

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