At the center of Talfyrn is a hill with a mysterious and ancient Elven artifact, a fifty-foot tall tower of vine-like mythril cradling an enormous perfect glass sphere ten feet across. The purpose of the Talfyrn Artifact has never been determined, but it holds such an enormous power that three seperate universities of evocation, enchantment, and conjuration were founded to further study it.
Around those three universities rose the town of Talfyrn as people came to supply the universities with food and sell wares, which makes Talfyrn an unusual combination of wizards and common folk the likes of which are not found elsewhere in Areddian.
Though the headmasters of the universities consider themselves as working together, the students of the universities do not always see eye-to-eye. Barfights between students are not an uncommon occurance. The students have taken up a tradition of playing pranks on other universities, making harmless lightshows and startling noises a week-to-week occurance in the town. As long as no serious damage is done the disturbances are treated with a light touch