The Headmaster's Demesne
At the center of Nocturnas are a series of chambers that Adal ir’Wynarn, Royal Minister of Magic and brother to Queen Aurala, calls home. Adal splits his time between the floating towers and his palace at Fairhaven. He regards the floating towers as a place where he can be free of court intrigues and free to direct his staff as they conduct magical research and build weapons of arcane destruction to defend Aundair or extend its reach.
Adal is more politically connected than most of the Arcane Congress. He has the queen’s ear at a moment’s notice, although it is rumored that the trust between them is far from complete. Adal isn’t a great wizard in his own right, but he is a consummate power broker and charismatic leader. Most of the researchers on his staff are more potent wizards than he is, and the many agents in Adal’s employ are likewise among the most elite in Aundair.
At any one given time, Adal may have three or four major research or weapon-development programs under way within his chambers. Each is kept separate from the others, and only Adal knows the extent and progress of all the programs. One team might be trying to reverse-engineer House Cannith’s creation pattern for warforged while another team works on a system of weather control, and a third works on breeding wyverns that shoot fiery rays from their tails. Or perhaps there is research into schema from Xen’Drik that could impact the guilds of House Phairlan.