The Seas of Arnesia
The largest library and academy in Arnesia, Candlekeep stands on a high rock off the islets that make up Levendria. It is home to the Lanterns, a group of scholars, mages, and clerics dedicated to the Dythadin, deity of knowledge who seek to collect rare antiquities, tomes, and magics and impart learning to the masses. The size of Candlekeep’s collection is the product of their unique entry fee- those wishing to access the academy’s secured vaults must present a book, artifact, or some other item of scholarly value to do so.
Eight years ago a group of Candlekeep mages, now known as the Dark Lanterns, unleashed a small army of devils upon the city. For days the fiends rampaged through the city in an event known as the Brimstone Hour, until a band of holy warriors known as the Knights of Ardyn arose and slew the devils. Although the Knights were later implicated in the attack, many of the commoners still hold an unfavorable view of Candlekeep and remain suspicious of those affiliated with it.