Guardians of Stormbow
In the forgotten days, the kings of Elden took on a project of unprecedented ambition. The Elden empire was vast, stretching from the coast to beyond the Blackveil Lake. While the empire was pleased at the expanse of their control and the far reaches of justice, the practical problems of handling such a huge nation began to surface. One such problem was that of crime guilds, monsters, and anarchy. To answer these problems, the kings commissioned the construction of a vast prison tower, set apart from the noble empire. Here the guilty would meet with their punishment. Here they would be kept isolated from good citizens of the empire.
The kings chose a man named Kabaal. He was responsible for much of the new architecture in the city of Elden, in addition to a stock of mystic weapons and safeguards. Kabaal’s design was ingenious. Concentric rings of prison cells would surround a central watch tower. The prisoners would not know when they were being watched and when they weren’t, leading to a self-monitoring prison population. He called this construction the Panopticon. Kabaal built many such towers, which were promptly filled with the worst society had to offer, in addition to some of its most terrifying aberrations.
As Kabaal’s power and knowledge increased, the thrill of knowledge and control began to corrupt him. The prison became a perversion of justice, the center of Thousandeyes’ power.