Ka Rant

Ka Rant, a combination of ancient Rastvellan names loosely translating into “The True Law”, is a massive, winding structure that dominates the center of the city’s Void District. A combination library, archive, and university, the myriad walls of Ka Rant hold every manner of book or scroll, winding upwards in a tangled labyrinth of passages not unlike a great, dark tree when viewed from the outside.
Once he or she attains a certain amount of prestige, it is customary for a prominent Rastvellan scholar to take up residence in Ka Rant, spending their time there in study, research, or training apprentices. Similarly, youths with an interest in the pursuit of knowledge are encouraged to seek apprenticeship under one of the great minds within the library. This informal master-student relationship is the closest that Rastvel comes to an institution of higher learning.
Dissemination of new information within and without Ka Rant is a complex process, with significant discoveries first reviewed by a scholar’s peers and then submitted to the Rastvel Court for approval before being released to the public. Most of these innovations are limited to the practical; new methods of woodworking, useful magics, or fishing techniques among others. Research into the nature of the Rast or The Boundless Weald is discouraged, and few findings of such ever make it to the public’s eyes.
Within Ka Rant, surrounded by so many valuable and, above all, flammable documents, the use of fire as a light source is strictly prohibited. Instead, the majority of reading is done by means of mage lamps, small magical lights regularly enchanted by apprentices or magicians-for-hire and loaned out to visitors and residents alike. An unintended side effect of this system is that the magical light has no intrinsic effect on an individual’s body as natural light or sunlight would. As such, researchers and scholars who spend the majority of their time within Ka Rant develop pallid, unhealthy skin and wide, dark eyes. Indeed, these qualities have become a stereotype, and are thought to indicate great intelligence in a person.

Ka Rant

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