Gaiscioch Second Darkness
This grand structure of stone and timber sits perched upon a lonely crag nestled against the very slope of the mountain, and provides a panoramic view of both the gulf and the city. More importantly, its three wings look directly out over the Cyphergate. This lodge is the headquarters of the vaunted Order of Cyphers, a society of skilled wizards and sages who have dedicated themselves to unraveling the secrets of ancient arcana—in particular, the purpose of the Cyphergate. The lodge is open to all Cyphermages for a monthly room-and-board fee of 5 gp, a fee that grants access to its extensive libraries as well as a host of learned scholars on the subject. To non-Cyphermages, a day’s room and board (and access to the libraries) is a much heftier 20gp. Nevertheless, its guest rooms are almost always full. Today the Cyphermages toil under their current leader Elias Tammerhawk, an accomplished wizard who has been elected as speaker of the order for two consecutive 8-year terms. Many whisper that Elias has his eye set on the position of overlord, and Riddleport’s other crimelords worry about the nature of the changes to their beloved city should this event occur.