Arcanum 1780: A New World
Albany is famous as being the site of the first Parliament which gave rise to the nation of New Britain, but it remains an unassuming town located on the north end of the navigable Hudson River about 10 miles south of its confluence with the Mohawk River. At a population of around 30,000, it is one of the most populous urban centers in New Britain.
Albany’s trade centers around furs, lumber and grain from the upper Hudson farmlands, but it is remarkable mainly for its proximity to the Royal College, the premier seat of study for science and magic in New Britain and perhaps in the world. The College is perched in a valley some eight miles west of the city, built there by a combination of magic and the first skyships, and is one of the marvels of the age. The city derives several benefits from this, not least the provision of magically powered lighting for every street and building, powered from the Franklin Engines in the College’s basements.