Ellorwis, the Republic of Voices
Located in the southwest corner of Lothienye, Ellorwis was founded after the discovery of the Well of Voices, a site of potent visions. Supplicants who receive visions are overwhelmed by a choir of voices telling of events both great and terrible.
Ellorwis is presided over by the Silent Lords, magistrates elected from the populace to represent the public’s interests, and beseech the visions for their guidance. They are known as the Silent Lords for two reasons: they ‘silence’ disputes by delivering rulings upon them, and they eventually lose their voices after receiving enough visions from the Well. They can still communicate nonverbally, however. There is no known means to cure this silence; however, the Silent Lords view this as simply the price they pay to earn their power.
Currently, seven of the Silent Lords are gnomes, two are human, and six are women.
Each Silent Lord is granted a choir of Voices; a group of individuals raised from infancy to communicate telepathically with a Silent Lord, and relay their desires verbally. Many poor families offer up their children to this system, in the hopes that their child will lead a better life than they would with their birth family.
Despite popular support for joining the Helian Assemblage, the Silent Lords did not enter the fray until Helleras had founded the Peacemakers Union. Up until that point, the Silent Ones simply said that the Well of Voices warned against acting prematurely.
One of the other points of pride for Ellorwis is its Seminary of Voices. It is technically the oldest wizard college on the continent, although magecraft is not the only, or even main purpose of the school. Its primary purpose is actually to train future government officials and citizens of Ellorwis. That is not to say that outsiders are unwelcome; in fact, they are encouraged, since graduates will then theoretically bring the ideals instilled within them back to their city-states. Such graduates occasionally try to introduce reforms to their origins, although this is not a common occurrence. If a student is found to have magical potential, they are drafted into studying the magical arts; the students are there to serve the people, not their own egos.
Since the focus is on statesmanship and governance, the wizards that graduate from the school tend to be more civic-minded. Few of them join mercenary companies. In fact, they usually utilize their magecraft in a supplementary role to their positions, whether they are in government or other areas.