The heart of the Kencyrath lay at Mount Alban, encoded in a matrix of scrolls and songs.
Torisen's narration, The Sea of Time,
"Chapter XX: A Season of Fog", III

Mount Alban is the Kencyr scrollsmen's and singer's college. It is located in the Riverland, in a fortress on the East bank of the Silver, opposite the Jaran Keep of Valantir. It is the setting for many of the events recounted in Seeker's Mask.


Mount Alban was originally an ancient Hathiri fortress, which like all the keeps, was itself built on the site of an even older Merikit hill fort.


The upper keep was relatively new in construction and regular in design, built of ironwood and oak. Below it, however, the cave-riddled cliff had long ago been hollowed out and filled with a wooden maze in which all the rooms seemed to be on different levels with ceilings of different heights. Erratic steps connected them, and halls that moved by fits and starts; […] Below were the quarters and studies where most of Mount Alban's scholars lived. Signs staked out territories, here the prehistorians, there the epic poets, elsewhere the anthropologists and linguists.
Jame's narration, Seeker's Mask,
"Part V: Mount Alban", II

Mount Alban is built into the cliff overlooking the river. Parts of the college are wooden, and other parts are in the cliff's caves. The college is maze-like, with numerous stairs.


Mount Alban is lead by the director.

Known directorsEdit


Mount Alban has two branches, singers and scrollsmen. The two branches constantly argue with each other, but help keep each other in check.[1]


Many of the scholars are former randon,[2][3] such as Ashe, who retired after her knee was badly injured, and became a singer.


  1. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XX: A Season of Fog", II — " 'The two branches of the college keep each other in check.' "
  2. Seeker's Mask, "Part V: Mount Alban", III — "probably a former randon officer as well, judging by the savage scars about his face. Many took the scrollsman's robe when their fighting days were done."
  3. The Sea of Time, "Chapter XX: A Season of Fog", VII — " 'He should have remembered that many of the scholars here are former randon.' "
Kencyr Riverland keeps
Kithorn Tagmeth Mount Alban Wilden Falkirr Gothregor Omiroth Kestrie
Restormir Valantir Tentir Shadow Rock Chantrie Kraggen

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