Writ of Justice Eightfold
The Eastern Empire is not the first kingdom to grace the hills and forests of this land. Nor even the golden and pitted steel histories of Arkhosia and Bael Turath. Before them all was a world-spanning empire of legendary might, although as almost no trace of its history remains except for half-remembered myths in the tomes of scholars. Some have suggested that these early lords were infused with the remnant strains of magic from the Making of the World. Others that they walked with the Gods themselves. Others still that they were plain folk until they accidentally discovered the very Words of Power that had been used to forge the world, and revealed from their hidden chambers during the world-shaking tumult of the Dawn War.
Whatever their pedigree, scholars who seek knowledge of this early civilization believe them to have built the kingdom of Old Nerath, the greatest eldritch society to have ever existed in the history of creation…only to have it disappear in the mists of early history by some unrecorded devastation.
But not all those remnants have vanished. As the centuries have unfolded themselves, scholars, seekers, and adventurers have occasionally stumbled across strange structures – domes and towers – in the bare places and the isolation of the wilds that they have revealed to be observatories, places where the wise men of the ancient empire kept careful watch on the stars of the sky…or perhaps even sights beyond this plane of existence.
The College of Magic is believed to have a comprehensive list of all discovered observatories, although this information is far from public. The College of the Mind hints at having knowledge and resources that their scholastic brethren do not, but again, this is a topic of rumor rather than bold statement.
All that can be said, if anything at all, is that observatories emanate powerful auras of eldritch magic unlike anything used by the arcanists of the modern world…and perhaps unlike anything in this world.