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High Sorcery

The three moons have been a constant throughout Krynn’s history, and so they remain today.

Lord Gunthar’s decree that only a representative of the Conclave of Wizards can ever sit on the Whitestone Accord has left the robes in the political wilderness since the end of the war. The Conclave was disbanded long before the War of the Lance even started, with exponents of High Sorcery scattered far and wide, concerned more with their own betterment – and survival — than with the greater good. Today, even with a White-Robe having been instrumental in the defeat of Takhisis, the organization has still not found the breadth of common ground needed to formally re-establish High Sorcery in the new world.

Some small progress has been made, however. The Tower of High Sorcery at Palanthas was finally reclaimed from the spirits which had haunted it, and subsequently re-opened under master Red-Robe Dalamar Nightson, a silvanesti exiled from his homeland for the study of forbidden magics. Canny and politically-minded, Dalamar has been careful not to make any claims that a new Red Order has been established under his leadership, but his influence nevertheless spreads far across the north. Dalamar also regularly reports to the Accord on the known movements of wizards throughout Ansalon, making him a figure of suspicion to those wizards who treasure memories of older times when the Orders answered mostly to themselves.

More significantly, the new Master has re-opened the tower gates and built an Academy of High Sorcery from the war-shattered ruins of the Shoikan Grove. There is some debate over many of the wizards emerging from Dalamar’s Academy, so-called “Cold Moon Wizards” whose skills often exceed the known limits of wizardly magic while falling short in critical areas and, more sensationally, stand apart from the Moons of Magic. This talk is downplayed by the Master of Palanthas, who speculates, persuasively, that moon magic is as mysterious as any other divinely-granted discipline, and should be expected to change shape as ages pass.

This lack of structure poses some problems for young wizards hoping to take the Test of High Sorcery and gain access to the Moons, but in the absence of an over-arching authority, many talented arcanists loyal to the old Orders still do what they can to expand their ranks. Itinerant cabals of wizards known as “Processions” travel in large wagon trains across the world, seeking out talented wizards, guiding their progress, and even, in some cases, administering the Test of High Sorcery.

These roaming centres of magic, assembled in a spirit of co-operation between all the orders, Black Robes included, are as close as High Sorcery has yet come to recovering its former glory, and in the spirit of rebirth which seems to have galvanized people everywhere, are generally well-received by Ansalon’s populace.

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