The World - The Keep

The Keep is the main residence for magis; while many spend most of their time traveling, they return here for a respite. Often a magi will leave on an adventure taking only a few creatures as companions; the ones he leaves behind remain at The Keep. Creatures comes from specific areas, and because of this, they are each suited to different terrains. Depending on where a magi is exploring, different pets are better companions than others. Because these animals enjoy traveling as much as their magi, trips are equally dispersed, with no creature getting more time out of The Keep than others. Because of this, magis traverse wide ranges of areas to satisfy each creature's needs.
     
      Most of the castle is dedicated to the animals; vast chambers and cool caverns beneath the earth are specially suited for each species. The land around The Keep is dotted with caves, and the lake and streams are full of water creatures. Some of the animals roam quite far, but always return in their own time. It is wise to let them wander as they will; they are highly intelligent, and often seclude themselves away to build a home.
     
      Built out of stone with the help of dragons, The Keep has stood for thousands of years, unconquered by any enemy. Giant rocks have gradually melded together over the centuries, making the walls seamless and impossible to scale. If an army was foolish enough to attempt an attack, they would find themselves heavily outnumbered, for the magis with their powers have many animals to aid them.
     
      When not spending their time caring for the animals, magis are avid scholars. Their journeys are not only to bring back rare eggs, but to gather knowledge and study the world around them. The Library, located in a wing, boasts a beautiful view of Lake Lakira and is simply huge. Books are constantly being added; either purchased from some exotic lands, or written by a magi. This is where High Archmage Thane is usually to be found, hunched over some dusty tome with his raven.
     
      Dedicated to teaching and learning, The Keep is where most lessons take place. In the kitchens, herb lore and potion making is taught. In the highest towers, with clear crystal domes, reading the stars and learning to navigate by them is stressed. Every possible lesson is available, and depending on a magi's interests, that is the field that they study in. Basic classes like self defense and general spells are required.
     
      The Library contains all the knowledge the magis possess. Some of the oldest scrolls, ancient and crumbling, even the most studious scholars can not decipher. No one knows when The Keep was built, or how long it has stood. Even High Archmage Thane, two hundred years in age (although this he admits, so he is probably older - but he doesn't look it!) cannot remember any tales of the beginning. In some of the deeper caverns, you can find strange marks on the walls, some form of writing long lost. Whoever made this place built it to last, and it has. Still, magis do not want to fall into the trap of feeling safe; they continually put wards on the gates and walls, and expand further and further - which is only necessary, with the inhabitants always increasing in number.