Tome of Dorgoth

The Citadel of Prydisyrr

The city of Prydisyrr is renowned for its beauty. The Temple Tree standing tall on the hill, the circular gorge that protects the city from attacks and the mesmerizing sight of the reverse waterfalls make a promise to the distant visitor, which is kept once he enters the city and gets to marvel at its beautifully crafted houses, vibrant markets and broad, peaceful parks.

History of the Citadel

It is hard to imagine that almost 900 years ago, the city was the site of fierce warfare. Queen Galythiel had marched onto the city after her sister, Queen Morsyana, unilaterally decided to wage war against the humans and cut diplomatic ties with the gnomes. In 11 LC, the Siege of Prydissyr started, with loyalists to Galythiel facing the forces who had sworn allegiance to Morsyana. Morsyana managed to defend the city and fire mages known as the Flametongues decimated Galythiel’s troops, prompting the extended period of fighting known as the War of the Sisters.

During that war, Morsyana transformed The Citadel, a complex of elongated, rounded buildings that was colloquially known as ‘the fairy cakes’, due to its similarity to the mushrooms of the same name. Before, The Citadel was a fortification where the royal family and military leaders were provided extra safety in case of war. It was also the place where the Cloud Patrol, the winged forces of the Laeryllian Kingdom, stayed and took off for missions in the area. Morsyana, however, turned the main building of the complex into a prison, where dissidents were held captive and tortured, and followers of Galythiel were kept for ransom. It was from this Citadel that she held her harsh reign over the elves of Laeryll.

When the war ended in 39 LC, The Citadel had become a symbol of horror and despair. Galythiel decided not to resume her monarchy from this place, but instead had a palace connected to the House of Keepers, the political meeting place that was founded by her father Bothandal and that had fell into disarray during the war. In the years that followed, she famously reorganized the Laeryllian Army and moved both the Cloud Patrol and the Royal Troopers to a newly constructed barracks in the southeastern part of Prydisyrr, leaving The Citadel empty.

It was at that time that the plan arose to turn The Citadel into a highly secured prison. Galythiel brought in dwarven masons from The Porcupine, overseen by Kandarin architects, who created a contained prison system that could only be reached by air. Afterwards, True Transmuters from the Royal Academies in Pothyrr were given a seemingly impossible challenge: having the whole building lift off and stay in levitation permanently.

The famous transmuter Dallatrin put himself to this task, and spent over a decade doing magical research. What he ultimately created was a transmuted, 15-feet diameter red pearl that was installed in the exact center of The Citadel. The pearl absorbed all surrounding magical energies to create lift, and dragged the saucer-like building upwards, some 200 feet into the air. Dallatrin then moved The Citadel westwards, where it was out sight of the Prydisyrr citizens, who cheered at having the bad memory removed.

The red pearl did not only keep The Citadel afloat. As it fed on magical energies, spellcasters found it nigh impossible to wield magic in its vicinity: only the outer circle of the building allowed wizards to manipulate magical energies. For this reason, the core cells in the prison, contained within its first two inner circles, are reserved for the magically inclined, rendering them powerless. The outer circle is dedicated to guards and military personnel, who can enjoy a spectacular view through the glass outer walls of The Citadel.

For more than 800 years, The Citadel has been floating over the evergreen forest of Dathyll. Prisoners are sent there by the giant birds ridden by the Cloud Patrol, who also send and pickup supplies to the storage building on the roof of the prison. Through the years, the pickup and drop-off point has evolved into a community of its own, known as Last Sunlight. It is a place where families come to say goodbye to convicted loved ones. It is also home to a sizable temple of Forx, which is only fitting, because those returning from The Citadel often do so in death cloth.

The rogue prison

In 903 LC, prisoners in the Citadel managed to take control over the structure and directed it to fly to the northwest.