Site of the famous Observatory, Skywatch has been closed to outsiders since the Vanishing in 4699.
The city of Skywatch grew up around a massive observatory high in the Icerime Peaks on Brevoy’s eastern border.
It began as a simple outpost, built by House Surtova, around the observatory during the early years of Issia’s history. This fortification was overtaken by the Aldori during Issia’s constant war with neighboring Rostland, and it served as an Aldori stronghold even after Choral the Conqueror brought both nations to their knees and united them under his rule.
A few years later, however, Choral and his red dragon allies put an end to the Aldori separatists at the Valley of Fire, burning the fortress to the ground. Choral then showed a great deal of interest in the observatory and began excavating and researching the mysterious observatory after the Aldori defeat and built the modern city of Skywatch atop the original settlement’s burnt ruins. After his departure, House Rogarvia took over the endeavour on Choral’s behalf. The goals and any results from this examination of the observatory are unknown.
Strangely, on the same day in 4699 AR that every member of House Rogarvia disappeared, Skywatch sealed itself off from all outsiders, including supply caravans. Since that day, no message sent to Skywatch has received a response and even powerful divination magic fails to penetrate the city’s ancient walls.
Astrid returned to Skywatch for the first time in years with Choral Rogarvia, though the city remained sealed. Yet he showed her something she had never seen before: a series of runes etched into the city wall. She could not translate him, but to their surprise, Thorgur could. They were ancient dwarven runes, and they were etched 15 years ago – the same time the Vanishing occurred.