For anyone that has played World of Warcraft this is a dungeon/instance in an online role play game. However the roots are based in Romania, fabled as a legendary school of Black Magic, ran by no less than the Devil himself. It was said to be located near an unnamed lake in the mountains south of a city once called Hermannstadt, now Sibiu.

Transylvania, Romania is a great area for various legends so it seems fitting it would be there. Solomonar, which may explain it’s origins, refers to Shamans/magicians who could control clouds and rain. They live away from the world, going into town to get food etc by begging.

Either way if you fancy a good creepy outing in World of Warcraft I would suggest the place. And if anyone knows anything about the real location I’d love to hear it.

Emily Gerard, a Scottish author married to a Hungarian cavalryman stationed in Romania, gave a detailed description in her article “Transylvanian Superstitions” on page 136 of The Nineteenth Century:

As I am on the subject of thunderstorms, I may as well here mention the Scholomance, or school supposed to exist somewhere in the heart of the mountains, and where all the secrets of nature, the language of animals, and all imaginable magic spells and charms are taught by the devil in person. Only ten scholars are admitted at a time, and when the course of learning has expired and nine of them are released to return to their homes, the tenth scholar is detained by the devil as payment, and mounted upon an Ismeju (dragon) he becomes henceforward the devil’s aide-de-camp, and assists him in ‘making the weather,’ that is, in preparing thunderbolts. A small lake, immeasurably deep, lying high up among the mountains south of Hermanstadt[sic], is supposed to be the cauldron where is brewed the thunder, and in fair weather the dragon sleeps beneath the waters.

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