Just prior to the establishment of Elbion College, magic was heavily outlawed across Arethil via the influence of the Templar Order
. Lord Ganfritz Elbion owned a castle in the mountains just north of the Cairou River. During this time of magic oppression, he took in those with magical talent that fled from persecution and gave them stay at his estate.
Lord Elbion was a talented and educated wizard himself. He taught magic to those that sought refuge within his walls. Eventually, this was established to be the College of Elbion.
Within Lord Elbion’s lifetime, he taught many students to the level of Maester. Word of the College’s existence spread across Liadain. A number of magically talented families moved to the college to learn. Non-magical residents began to move to campsites around the College for the purpose of earning money from the students and Maesters. These campsites eventually became the City of Elbion.
When Lord Elbion passed away, the College of Elbion was bequeathed to his greatest proteges while the City of Elbion to his children. This was the start of the independence of the College from the City that has been maintained to the year 369.
The students that inherited the College formed the Foard of Maesters.
The Templar War
The Templar War affected the College when the Elbion Templar garrison emerged to attack the City of Elbion.
With the College being a former castle and there being only one entrance from the City, the College was able to stand as a bastion against the Templars. This proved to save lives as the College was able to take in refugees pursued by the fanatic Templars.
Eventually, the City and College were able to band together. They soundly defeated the Templars and forced the Templars to surrender to the City itself.
Age of Chronicles
By the Age of Chronicles
, the College of Elbion was known world-wide as one of the, if not the, most prestigious magical institute in Arethil. The College of Elbion also developed a formal, legal independence from the City of Elbion. In effect, the College was like an enclave within the City of Elbion.
For the first time ever, the College participated in a friendly tournament with the Dreadlords of Vel Anir
. Students from the College were pitted against Dreadlord apprentices.
, once a professor specializing in pyromancy
, attacked the College. He inflicted heavy fire damage in several parts of the College and massacred a number of students.