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Burov Mylne was the keep of the witcher School of the Fox located in the most southern part of Vicovaro. At some point in the future, it expands into a castle town with the populace focused on the well-being of sentient races and the self sufficiency of the School.
Aen Nílfe construction
Aen Nílfe departure
In the year 1300, the Wolf School Witcher Adalwulf of Aedirn as well as his twin sister the mage Eishe of Vicovaro and their younger sister the mage Arrah of Verden made the journey to Vicovaro after receiving an invitation by other former School of the Wolf Witchers and within a year of operating with the school Adalwulf of Aedirn was appointed as the Grandmaster of the School of the Fox, after he brought new resources such as the two new powerful sorceresses and their research to the school, as well as gathered research/notes from other schools. The School was enchanted with magic to increase the space provided and to further improve the quality of its Witchers.
During the Second Age of Witchers, Burov Mylne expanded into a castle town, which housed farmers, smiths and various businesses affiliated with the School. Several sentient monsters and non-human species moved to the town to flee persecution as the Witchers of the School of the Fox were far more fair about the value of life, especially monster and non-human.
- Fourth Floor- Main Tower
- Alchemy laboratory/Mage's Research Tower
- Grandmaster's Office
- Third Floor- Main Tower
- War Room- Used by the Masters in conjunction with the Grandmaster, Spymaster and Assassin Contractor to coordinate contracts to prevent another situation like the one that lead to the falling out of the Order of the Witcher.
- School Library- Often frequented by the School Mages, Apprentice Witchers and visiting guests the library was the depository of all the knowledge the Foxes had accrued over the years. This area was overseen by Loremaster Jalast.
- Second Floor- Main Tower
- Smithy and Crafting Workshop- Used by Buzralt 'Buzz' Gutenhaus and Rhulrialran 'Rhul' Vauglas to create the Witcher's Swords, Gear and Armor.
- Second and First Floor
- Great Hall and Dining Area- The largest collective room in the keep where everyone from the Grandmaster to apprentices took their meals. Stairs led up along the walls to the Third Floor to save space. Preserved Trophy heads lined the walls of the Great Hall.
- Just off of the dining area was the kitchen minded by servants and cooks.
- The Hall of Witchers- The entryway to the keep, what looks like a simple door from the outside, leads to a spatially-warped space of much larger proportions, Witcher tombs line the walls, chiseled tombs made in the likeness of the witcher in life, with their medallion placed on top of the lids are the main feature of the room, each tomb has a epitaph detailing the witcher's greatest achievement in life on it.
- Basement First Floor
- Individual rooms for the Witchers measuring 15 by 15 feet came equipped with a bed, bookshelf, two tables with chairs and an enchanted chest tied to the Witcher's Medallion.
- Basement Second Floor
- Rooms for the apprentices came equipped with bunks, a bookshelf with study material included (checked regularly by the School's Loremaster Jalast for defacing and slander.), candles and appropriate medical supplies.
- Basement Third Floor
- The Monster pit- A room with trapped monsters of the non-sentient variety for Witchers to train and practice on provided by the Nilfgaardian Empire.
- Training grounds used by the Apprentices and other Witchers to practice and train.
- Basement Fourth Floor
- Vault- Protected by powerful magic put in place by the school mages, the vault is used to seal powerful artifacts and dangerous cursed items.
Contents of the Library
The Foxes put together a library for the sake of research and future generations of Witchers, the book included in the collection included both originals and copies of:
- Fauna of the Northern Realms, Volumes 1 & 2- A set of books with information on a few of the bestial species of the Northern Realms.
- A chapter on Dogs.
- A chapter on Wolves and their mysterious pack leader the Warg.
- A chapter on Bears.
- Me, My Panther and I, by Abigail Lette- A book describing the panther species of Toussaint and exotic regions.
Folk Tales and Legends
- Book of Tales- A book of folk tales and legends which talks about the superstition of commoners regarding monsters.
- Curses and the Cursed- A treatise dedicated to curses and the creatures born of curses.
- In Beast's Clothing- A book on the curse of Lycanthropy.
- The Bear Legend- A book on a few instances of Cursed Ones.
- Unnatural Wealth: An examination of Bluebeards- A book on the Cursed Ones called Bluebeards written from accounts of the Witcher Jacob. Certain details are missing such as overcoming their defenses while not alerting the Bluebeard. A warning is written on the back of the cover of the book warning witchers to take a Bluebeard contract with caution, as it is not a simple monster.
- A Few Remarks on Basilisks and Cockatrices- A book on a couple of false draconid species.
- About Dragons: A book rewritten on the Draconid species of True Dragons, their habits and how to deal with them to avoid unnecessary conflict. The book includes chapters on the:
- Black True Dragon as well as chapters about its subspecies:
- Obsidian True Dragon
- Epidote True Dragon
- Jet True Dragon
- Bronze True Dragon as well as chapters about its subspecies:
- Beryllium True Dragon
- Chrome True Dragon
- Brown True Dragon
- Golden True Dragon
- Red True Dragon as well as chapters about its subspecies:
- Silver True Dragon
- Yellow True Dragon
- White True Dragon
- Black True Dragon as well as chapters about its subspecies:
- Animating the Inanimate- A book on the magical ways to construct a Golem.
- Beings of the Element of Earth - A chapter on the Earth Elemental.
- Beings of the Element of Fire - A chapter on the Fire Elemental.
- Elemental Empires- A book on the Elemental Planes and its inhabitants.
- A chapter on the Astral Plane
- A chapter on the Elemental Plane of Air and its inhabitants the Djinn.
- A chapter on the Elemental Plane of Earth and its inhabitants the D'ao.
- A chapter on the Elemental Plane of Fire and its inhabitants the Ifrits.
- A chapter on the Elemental Plane of Water and its inhabitants the Marides.
- Gargoyles, Gutters, Splutters - Maintenance and Repair- A Book on the Elementia construct, the Gargoyle.
- Golem, or Man's Most Faithful Servant- A book on the Elementia construct, the Golem.
- Journey to the End of the World- A book on a few Hybrid species.
- A chapter on the Hybrid species of the Sirens, a hybrid species which has the body of a lamia, clawed wings, and limited polymorphy.
- A chapter on the Hybrid species of the Erynias, the stronger cousin of the Harpy.
- A chapter on the Hybrid species of Succubi, a humanoid species resembling an extremely attractive woman with horns, long shaggy goat legs, tail and a ravenous libido.
- Mutagenic Alchemy- A book a few Hybrid species of questionable origins.
- The Illustrated Atlas of Insectoids and the Arachas- A Study- A set of books on the Insectoid species of the Arachas.
- Subterrainian Insectoids- A book on the Insectoid species the Barbegazi, a monster species found in the Far North and Kovir region. It warns about their ability to mimic voices and their camouflage ability which makes them look like rocks.
- Wonderous World of Insectoids and Three Years Among The Endregas- A pair of books on the Insectoid species of the Endrega
- A World for Necrophages- A Book on the proposed homeworld for Necrophages, it lists several theories about how it functions and where each species fits into the its natural structure. It also sounds horrific and totally insane.
- Ghouls and Alghouls- A Book on a few related Post-Conjunction Necrophagic species.
- Hags of All Kinds- A Book on the Necrophage species of the various Hag species their habits and signs.
- Hierarchy of the Necropolis- A Book on a few related Post-Conjunction Necrophagic species that can typically be found in large graveyards.
- The Horrors of War: Rotfiends- A Book on the Necrphage species of the Rotfiend.
- Ancient Giants- A Book on the various Ogroid Giant/Titan species.
- Cloud Giants, a chapter on Cloud Giants, the second largest of the giant/titan races, at 18 feet tall (5.4 meters) its ability to fly, turn into mist or clouds as well as telekinesis while living among the clouds makes it a rare sight on the World, but it is more common in Tír na nÓg where they live peacefully as sky transporters and merchants.
- Cyclopes, a chapter on Cyclopes, the second smallest of the giant/titan races, at around 11.5 feet tall (3.5 meters).
- Firbolgs, a chapter on Firbolgs, the smallest of the giant/titan races, at between 9 and 11 feet tall (3 meters).
- Fire Giants, a chapter on Fire Giants, the third largest of the giant/titan races, at 16 feet (4.87 meters).
- Hill Giants, a chapter on Hill Giants, the third smallest of the giant/titan races, at 12 feet tall (3.6 meters).
- Ice Giants, a chapter on Ice Giants, the fourth largest of the giant/titan races, at around 13 feet tall (4 meters).
- Stone Giants, a chapter on Stone Giants, the fifth largest of the giant/titan races, at around 12.5 feet tall (3.8 meters.
- Storm Giants, a chapter on Storm Giants, the largest of the giant/titan races, at 26 feet tall (7.9 meters) its amphibious nature allows it to go undiscovered in the vast oceans of the world. It has magical abilities tying it to air based lightning magic. Few instances crossed over to The World as a result of the Conjunction of the Spheres but many instances can be found in Tír na nÓg.
- Goblins and Kobolds- A Book on the Ogroid species of Buccas, and Kobolds.
- Nekkers in the Mist - A Book on the Ogroid species of Nekkers, their more powerful cousins Nekker Warriors and their even rare cousin the Phooca.
- The World Underground- A Book on the Ogroid species on Trolls, Rock Trolls, Ice Trolls, and Mountain Trolls.
- A Description of the Vodyanoi or the Fishpeople- A book on the Relict race, the Vodyanoi.
- Beasts of the Tukaj Foothills- A book on the Relict species, Fiends.
- Lords of the Forest, a study on the Leshen- A book on the Relict species, Leshen.
- Puckish Tricksters- A book on the Relict race, Sylvans.
- Behind the Great Veil- A book on the rare Specter species and inhabitant of the Astral Plane, Hyms.
- Of Sweat and Blood- A book on the Specter class entities of:
- Slaves of the Curse and the Legendary Accursed- A pair of Books on the Specter class entities of:
- A chapter on the Spectral entities the Draug.
- A chapter on the Spectral entities the Draugir.
- Wraiths: Fear and Trembling- A book on the Specter class entity known as a Wraith.
- Alps- Bruxae's Dangerous Cousins- A book on the Higher Vampire species, the Alp.
- Bruxae -Eulogists of Death- A book about the Higher Vampire Species, the Bruxas
- Forgotten Species: The Protofleder- A book about the Lesser Vampire species, the Protofleder.
- My Evening with a Vampire- A book in which the True Higher Vampire Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy friend of the famous witcher Geralt of Rivia talks about vampires. A good solid reference book for study of Vampire classified monsters.
- Natural Born Killers: A Study of Garkains- A book on the Lesser Vampire species, the Garkain.
Books on the Races of the World
- A Portrayal of the Elder Races- A rewritten version of the book by Jalast with more truth and far less stupid racism.
- Dyrians: Refugees from Another World- A rare volume to survive on the Continent. Talks about a rare race to find on the Continent, but more common in the Far East: The Dyrians. A beast-human hybrid-like people that arrived during the First Conjunction of the Spheres, most survivors of this race are found to the Far East in a kingdom called Vineta, precious few that stayed on the Continent survived though their are a few families that live on Reserves and have acclimated to countries like Nilfgaard.
- From the Annals of Mahakaman History (Copy)- A Book containing basic information about dwarves.
- Gnomes: Artisans of the Mountains- A book about Gnomes, an elder race with a penchant for mischief and a hand for detail.
- Vran: Lizardfolk of the Continent- A book about the Vran, the ancient and nearly extinct enemy of the elves.
- Werebbubbs: The Brave Boogeymen- A book about Werebbubbs, the brave defenders of the mountains and nature, driven by the greed of humanity almost to extinction.
Books on Religion
- Dark Gods- A book about the Dark Gods and their cults with chapters on:
- The Old Gods- A book about the Old Gods with chapters on:
- The Cult of the Lady of the Valley, Dana Meadbh
- The Cult of the Horse goddess, Epona
- The Cult of Freya- A book about the Skellige Religion of Freya.
- The Cult of the Moon Goddess, Lilvani
- The Cult of the Lady of Ravens and Magic, Morrigan
- The Cult of the Future-Seer, Nehaleni
- The Cult of the god of water, Veyopatis
- Organized Churches- A book about the organized churches of the World with chapters on:
- Beliefs of Skellige: Druids- A book on the religious beliefs of Druids.
- Beliefs of Skellige: Freya- A book on the religious belief in the Skellige Modron Goddess, Freya.
- She Who Knows- A book brought back from Velen describing a powerful being known as The Mother who watched over Velen. No one knows or remembers how the book got to Burov Mylne.
- The Ladies of the Wood- A book brought back from Velen describing a group of powerful female beings and how to contact them for help. Gives off an eerie feeling.
Books on Psychology and Propaganda
- Monstrum, or a Portrayal of Witchers. Volume 1 & 2- A set of propaganda that lead to some of the downfalls of the Witcher Schools. May it be a reminder to new witchers of the dangers of mankind and their fears.
Books on Magic
- An Invitation to Magic- A book written by Anabelle Radfind.
- Introduction to Applied Magic- A book going over the basics of magic and where it comes from.
- Necromancy, the Forbidden Magic- A book on the study of Necromancy, a stiff warning against its practice.
- Of Fire and Stone- A book on Sphera Mundi or the Elemental Planes.
- Polymorphy- A book on the subject matter of the Master level magic of Polymorphy or Shape-changing.
- The Conjuction of the Spheres- A book talking about the Conjunction of the Spheres.
- The Elder Blood- A book on the Hen Ichaer or Elder Blood, a powerful magical bloodline carefully cultivated by Elves but lost to a human bloodline.
- The Natural Obscurity of Curses- A book written by Lydia van Bredevoort on the subject of curses. A rare find following the burning of books by Radovid V and the Church of the Eternal Fire.
- The Poisoned Source- A book on the infertility of Mages by Tissaia de Vries, former recter at Aretuza.
- Travel Between Worlds- A book on the subject of dimensional travel.
- Witcher Signs- A updated book about the Signs, a simple type of magic Witchers use.
- The Moreau Method: A failed cure for Witchers- A book featuring the extensive research of one Tomas Moreau, as he sought to cure his son Jerome Moreau of his Witcher condition but ended up making him stronger.
Autobiographies & Biographies
- Radovid V the Stern: The Hard Slog to Greatness- A biographical tome roughly describing Radovid's childhood, way to throne and most recent reign.
- Royal Lineages of the North- A record of the Royal lineages of the North. This book is regularly replaced each generation to be accurate.
- The Lodge of Sorceresses- was originally going to be added to the collection but was found to be superstitious propaganda produced by Radovid V.
Books on Nations
Kovir & Povis
- Kovir & Povis- A book on the history of the lands of Kovir and Povis.
- The Wonders of Ofier- A book about the distant lands beyond the sea, Ofier and its people the Ofieri.
- Famous Redanian Dynasties- A record of well-off documented families in Redania and their history.
- Pearls of the North: Novigrad- A guidebook about the Free City of Novigrad.
- Pearls of the North: Oxenfurt- A guidebook about the Academic City of Oxenfurt.
- The Chronicles of Redania- A guide to the history of Redania's past rulers.
- Heroes of Skellige: Broddr- A book describing the story of Broddr, the legendary founder of Clan Dimun.
- Heroes of Skellige: Grymmdjarr- A book describing the heroic deeds of semi-legendary Grymmdjarr, the first lord of Ard Skellig and founder of Clan an Craite.
- Heroes of Skellige: Modolf- A book describing Modolf, son of Heimdall, progenitor of Clan Drummond, and the original masters of Undvik.
- Heroes of Skellige: Otkell- A book telling the story of Otkell, son of Heimdall and builder of Freya's temple in Skellige.
- Heroes of Skellige: Sove- A book telling the story of Sove, the legendary founder of Clan Brokvar.
- Heroes of Skellige: Tyr- A book that describes the heroic deeds of Tyr Tuirseach.
- Skellige: Its History and Geography- A book describing the landscape, customs, and way of life on Skellige, as well as the titles of King and Jarl.
- The Ways and Manners of Skellige Folk- A book on the lifestyle of Skelligers.
- Curious Customs of the Toussaintois- A book about the odd culture of Toussaint.
- Noble Houses of Toussaint: Volumes I -LVII. A longwinded series of books on the noble and illustrious nobility of Toussaint.
- Toussaint, a Duchy Out Of Tales of Fantasy and Wonder- A book about the land of nobility and tradition.
- Lands of the North: Velen- A book describing Velen and its government.
- The Wonders of Zerrikania- A book about the distant lands of Zerrikania, and its people the Zerrikanians.
- Ithlinne's Prophecy- The legendary prophecy of the elven prophetess, foretelling the end of the world.
- Ramblings of Madness- A collection of mutterings and prophecies from the Prophetic Source Tipha Ulvenson before her death. One passage talks the Second Conjunction of the Spheres and another of the Exodus of the Elves when the Aen Seidhe would leave the World.
An essential part of an Apprentice Witcher's alchemy training Loremaster Jalast makes sure each apprentice gets a copy to read during their alchemy lessons.
- The Druid's Herbarium- This book lists various plant substances used by the druids, It also details the methods of obtaining alchemical ingredients from them:
- Hellebore petals
- Allspice root
- Wolf's aloe leaves
- Feainnewedd- The book provides information required to recognize the flowering plant of Feainnewedd, a plant that only grows where Elder Blood has been spilt.
- Field Plants- This book lists various plant substances that grow around Vizima in the kingdom in Temeria, It also details the methods of obtaining alchemical ingredients from them:
- Balisse fruit
- Beggartick blossoms
- Berbercane fruit
- Crow's eye
- Hellebore petals
- White myrtle petals
- The Great Book of Minerals- The book provides information on substances found in all minerals:
- Albar's crystals
- Calcium equum
- Ducal water
- Fifth essence
- Ginatz's acid
- Lunar shards
- Naezan salts
- Optima mater
- Powdered pearl
- Quicksilver solution
- Wine stone
- Plants of Barren Lands- A herbarium dedicated to plants growing on barren land, providing knowledge required to recognize and obtain alchemical ingredients from them:
- Ginatia petals
- Wolf's aloe leaves
- Ritual Plants- A herbarium dedicated to plants used for rituals, providing knowledge required to recognize them and obtain alchemical ingredients from them:
- Allspice root
- Ergot seeds
- Hop umbels
- Mandrake root
- Subterranean Plants- A simple herbarium dedicated to plants that grow underground:
- Green mold
- Sewant mushrooms
- Swamp Plants- A simple herbarium dedicated to plants that grow in swamps and marshes:
- Beggartick blossoms
- Fool's parsley leaves
- A copy of Adalwulf's Witchers Journal, detailing the monsters he met along with drawings and other witcherly musings. (Donated directly by Adalwulf of Aedirn.)
- Information on the monster species of:
- Cursed: Werewolves.
- Draconids: Wyverns.
- Hybrids: Nixas.
- Insectoids: Venomous Arachasaes.
- Necrophages: Drowners, and Grave Hags.
- Relicts: Leshens, and Fiends.
- Vampires: Bruxae, and Mulas.
- Information on the monster species of:
- A copy of the 'The Ballad of the Witcher Gerd' written during Gerd's time in Skellige. (obtained from Marcus T.K. Hodgson after he obtained the original from Geralt of Rivia)
- A copy of the Legendary Griffin Witcher George of Kagen's journal (the original was obtained from Marcus T.K. Hodgson after he received it from Geralt of Rivia, after it was copied the original was gifted back to the School of the Griffin as a sign of goodwill.)
- Copies of all 'Adalbert Kermith's Maps' (the originals was obtained from Marcus T.K. Hodgson after he obtained them from Geralt of Rivia for a crown a piece, after they were copied they were gifted to the School of the Lynx as a sign of goodwill.)
- Copies of all 'The Notes of Hieronymus on the Witcher Elgar' (the originals were obtained from Marcus T.K. Hodgson after he obtained them from Geralt of Rivia for a crown a piece, they were placed in the Grandmaster's office at a memorial for the School of the Wolf.)
- A copy of 'The Trial of Grasses and other secret Witcher practices, seen by my own eyes', written originally by the Sorceress Carla Demetia Crest was obtained by School Mage and former Aretuza Alumni Arrah of Verden for her sister and her's research and improvement of the Witcher Creation Process. (This book is under Jalast's direct protection and under the highest level of security. Arrah and Eishe regularly update it with their discoveries eventually creating new volumes as well.)
- A copy of The Witcher's Alchemy Record written originally by Adalwulf of Aedirn, and donated to the school. Due to a new program started at the school, when learning their Witcher potions trainees are to transcribe their own copies to carry with them out on the path.
- The recipe for the Killer Whale Potion.
- The recipe for the Swallow Potion,
- The recipe for the Thunderbolt Potion.
- The recipe for the Katakan Decoction.
- The recipe for the Hanged Man's Venom Oil.
- The recipe for the Necrophage Oil.
- The recipe for the Vampire Oil.
- A Code Duello- A book on the rules of dueling. Something a Witcher will definitely need when dealing with nobles.
- A Miraculous Guide to Gwent- An enchanted book that is a favorite of the Witchers of the school who seek to collect all the gwent cards for their collection. It has been chained to the library so Apprentices don't make off with it, but functions normally when opened.
- Care for Your Sword, Soldier!- A book on sword maintenance. Copies are issued to Apprentices to memorize in their first year.
- Fundamentals of Field Surgery- A book on instruction in first aid and beginner surgery skills.
- Witchers: Not Quite the Devils You Thought- A book on the unpopular positive opinion of Witchers by one Virgil of Ban Ard.
Financial Income for the School
Like how Witcher Schools used to be before their falls, the School of the Fox restored a way to for the School to have infusions of outside income. Starting with Grandmaster Adalwulf's financial actions in 1306 AR, the School of the Fox grew over the years to be a completely independent, self-governing and self-sustaining as the rules for the division of earnings from monster hunts are designed precisely to ensure that all its Witchers are able to live year-round on "The Path" (If they wish), stay to work or train at Burov Mylne and so that at the end of each year they have a healthy, stable and thriving school to return to. The School of the Fox does works with the Vicovarian government but does not depend on or need the approval of any kingdom or nation, including Vicovaro or the Nilfgaardian Empire, rather existing in a mutually beneficial symbiosis with the host country and the Empire. Farms, smithies and other living and Witcherly necessities were bought over the years to insure Murov Bylne remains a neutral, and free entity. At one point in the height of the second age of Witchers Burov Mylne expanded into a castle town, where multiple races lived in peace among the Witchers.
See School of the Fox.
Notes & Trivia
- Like how a Fox hole is, most of the fortress is underground, is unknown why the Aen Nílfe made a construction like this, but is speculated by Adalwulf of Aedirn, Putnam Pitch and Istredd of Aedd Gynvael, that maybe, the old Aen Nílfe fortress was a secret ancient military base, were the Aen Nílfe sages, made experiments to create super soldiers to use them against their rebellions in places like Zangvebar during the 8th century.
- Following Adalwulf of Aedirn's start as the Grandmaster, he had the inside of the keep enchanted to be larger on the inside than appeared from the outside using spatial magic for this reason all dimeritium objects would have to be encased in lead boxes when carried through the keep. He also had the outside and inside walls enchanted with the Cryfhau spell to reinforce the structure against attacks and damage.
- Burov Mylne means "Fox hole", in Aen Woedde dialect.