The Hands that Move the World
Hovering silently above the Karrnathi city of Korth, a thirteen-floored structure casts a permanent shadow over Wollvern Park below. This floating ziggurat is home to the Twelve, an ancient magical society founded by the dragonmarked houses many years ago as a symbol of unity and cooperation. Beside the Arcane Congress it is one of the primary institutions of magical learning in Khorvaire, and provides a steady supply of talented recruits for the dragonmarked houses while simultaneously furthering their interests with the arcane arts.
Though like the dragonmarked houses themselves the Twelve are officially neutral in national matters, early in the Last War, King Kaius I coerced them into testing and training Karrnathi youths to fight against Karrnath’s enemies. The Twelve has had a hard time recovering from this harsh breach of neutrality, and the institution is still reeling from the casualties brought on by their involvement in the war.