14). The Sorceress of Karn
The banks of the Crystal River stand high during the summer drought. Higher still are the walls of Karn, city of pleasure and delight. Karn has no single ruler. So prolific are the mages, necromancers, sorcerers, wizards and enchantresses within its walls that a parliament of magic presides over Karn and the surrounding lands. The greatest of these wielders of magic is chosen to rule for a single year before passing the scepter (a simple unenchanted iron rod that bears no mark and whose power resides only in the strength that the parliament allows those who have been chosen to bear it).
This year, the year of the Feathered Serpent, the renowned enchantress D'lana has been chosen as ruler, a sign of her personal ability and the growing strength of her guild. While all members of the parliament practice the craft only the most skilled are welcomed among the Dreamshapers, a young guild, but growing with a vitality that many of the old and well-established guilds have lost.