Descent of Naerys
The Academy is a large academic institution that states that is seen to operate outside the authority of a specific nation-state; however, it is often sponsored by Dwarvish and Human kingdoms. It is a reclusive enclave of researchers into the Arcane and Natural Sciences that is overseen by a Board of Directors. Researchers at the Academy are commonly called Academicians. The most well-known discovery at the Academy is Arconeum. There are two campuses, one located in the Elvish Cape and the other in the Ridgewood.
Foundation, History and Buildings
The Academy has been around for as long as anyone can remember. Its current main campus was constructed around 1360 DR. The secondary campus was constructed around 1440 DR. Both campuses have the same architectural style. The buildings were designed to maximize the efficiency of the researchers working within. They are composed of a large circular building with a courtyard in the center. All of the research offices in the circular building have full glass walls on the interior. In the center of the courtyard is a tall tower. This tower was later named Denitus Tower after Paladius Denitus, the only publicly known Director of the Academy.
Denitus Tower is designed specifically to allow the Board of Directors to watch the work of researchers without researchers knowing that they were being watched. Researchers are aware they could be watched at any time, but are unaware if they are being watched at any given time. The only contact that an Academician may have with the Board is when they are asked to enter the tower. One notable instance of this is the entry of Paladius Denitus into the tower to be tasked with researching what would become Arconeum. There is a strict pact of silence about the identities of the Board of Directors, who are elected from the ranks of Academicians from opposing campuses.