The Isle of Artaeum (ar-TAY-um)
Artaeum is the third largest island in the
Sumurset archipelago, located south of the Moridunon village
of Potansa and west of the mainland village of Runcibae. It
is best known for being the home to the Psijic Order, perhaps
the oldest monastic group in Tamriel.
The earliest written record of Psijics is
from the twentieth year of the first era and tells the tale
of the author, the renowned Breton sage Voernet, travelling
to the Isle of Artaeum to meet with the Rite Master of the
Psijics, Iachesis. Even then, the Psijics were the counselors
of kings and proponents of the "Elder Way," taught
to them by the original people of Tamriel. The Elder Way is
a philosophy of meditation and study said to bind the forces
of nature to the individual will. It differs from magicka
in origin, but the effects are much the same.
That being said, it is perhaps more than coincidence
that the Isle of Artaeum literally vanished from the shores
of Sumurset at the beginning of the second era at about the
time of the founding of the Mages Guild of Tamriel. Various
historians and scholars have published theories about this,
but perhaps none but Iachesis and his own could shed light
Five hundred years passed and Artaeum returned.
The Psijics on the Isle consisted of persons, mostly elves,
who had disappeared and were presumed dead over the second
era. They could not or would not offer an explanation for
Artaeum's wherebouts during that time or the fate of Iachesis
and the original council of Artaeum.
Currently, the Psijics are led by the Lore
Master Celarus who has presided over the Council of Artaeum
for the last two hundred and fifty years. The Council's influence
in world politics is tidal: the kings of Sumurset, particularly
those of Moridunon, have often sought the Psijics' opinion;
Uriel V was much influenced by the Council in the early, most
glorious part of his reign, before his disasterous attack
on Akavir; it has even been suggested that the fleet of King
Orghum of Pyandonea was destroyed by a joint effort of Emperor
Antiochus and the Psijic Order. The last four emperors, Uriel
VI, Morihatha, Pelagius IV, and Uriel VII, have been suspicious
of the Psijics, even enough to refuse ambassadors for the
Isle of Artaeum in the Imperial City.
The Isle of Artaeum is difficult to chart
geographically. It is said that parts of it exist simultaneously
in multiple dimensions and continuously shift either at random
or by decree of Council. Visitors to the island are so rare
to be almost unheard of. Anyone desirous of a meeting with
a Psijic may find contacts in Potansa and Runcibae as well
as many of the kingdoms of Sumurset.
Were it more accessible, Artaeum would be
a favored destination for travellers. I have been to the Isle
once and still dream of the idylic orchards and pastures,
the still and silent lagoons, the misty woodlands, and the
unique Psijic architecture that seems to be as natural but
wondrous as the surroundings. The Ceporah Tower in particular
I would study, for it is a ruin from a civilization that predates
the High Elves by several hundred years and is still used
in certain rites by the Psijics.
Perhaps one day I might return.
The author is currently on the Isle of Artaeum by gracious
consent of Master Sargenius of the Council of Artaeum.
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