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One of the quickest and easiest ways to indicate weirdness to players is to have something quietly and simply defying gravity. In the case of the Shattered Tower it may not even be immediately apparent… until you look up and see the break in the incredibly tall tower almost 180 feet above ground and that the upper reaches of the tower are only connected to the lower areas by a simple ladder.
The tower itself dates back to elven rule or possibly earlier and thrusts up silently from the rough mountainous terrain of the Amaranthine Wastes, casting its shadow like a sundial across the Violaceous Cut where the Ironflow river crosses into the wastes.
The entrance to the tower is a massive door of an unknown variety of stone likely imported to this world from across the dimensional boundaries, kept wizard locked through the ages. Those wishing to enter and explore the spire are best to bring at least one means of knocking aside the sealing enchantments that still work to keep the tower safe from interlopers.
It’s only in the last year that the ladder between the lower and upper parts of the shattered tower has shown up. It has been mentioned by travellers in the past, but it is likely that whoever had erected the ladder also pulled it up to the upper portion of the tower when it wasn’t in use. But for the last eight months the ladder has been visible from the Violaceous Cut to those with spyglasses and magically enhanced vision that can see across the distances involved. Perhaps those who put it there have suffered some foul fate? Or do they no longer require secrecy in their endeavours? Or have they just left the tower completely, leaving their ladder behind?
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Angry Monk said:
I love this! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
Good idea for a dungeon. The Angry Monk’s comment doesn’t seem angry enough.
Angry Monk said:
It’s still early! 😉
This tower is nicely drawn. Good job!
Reblogged this on Tome and Tomb.
This tower really is awesome.
Reblogged this on Iho's Chronicles and commented:
I like the idea of mistery that lies underneath this description, also this tower is a challege to all the Newton pinciples.
What are the 5 lines in the opening on the 4th level?
theres a rounded opening on the side elevation, just bellow the broken gap. the lines are to indicate that.
Dyson Logos said:
Exactly what fedjlorik said – they are an attempt to show the downward curved edges of the cutaway.
Thanks. I was thinking something like a giant egg slicer.
Robert Weber said:
Another awe inspiring map as well as D&D art.
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Uncle Riotous said:
Should be using this on Monday as the tower of the sorcerer Naaman al-Lazan. A genie has threatened and cajoled the party into retrieving a small item from the top of the tower, old genie prisons stop them from reclaiming it for themselves.
Uncle Riotous said:
They haven’t set foot inside it yet but the sight of it didn’t make them feel more comfortable about the likelihood of their survival when they first saw it 😀
If you’re interested in the legend I put around it in my Arabian Nights game I’ve posted it up at https://riotousgm.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/the-coral-tower-of-naaman-al-raman/
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