Tower of Okello
Home of the mage-tinkers, situated deep in the Orubian rainforest.
The ancient Okello family have been the only mages in Orubia to embrace technology and use it in harmony with magic. Silas Okello built the tower over 500 years ago so that his family could research and tinker in peace, and he enlisted the help of Dwarven builders to help him with construction and materials. The tower of Okello is not very visible from the lower regions of Orubia, but on a sunny day you can sometimes see the glint of the spire poking up through the treetops.
LegacyDwarves from the Mgongo Mountains helped Silas Okello construct the tower in exchange for his family's service to provide them with knowledge, enchantments and access to the observation deck for as long as the tower stands. This was a fair trade as the challenging terrain of the build site had no suitable access to deliver building supplies from the west; tunnels were made through from the mountains and the stone was used to build the tower. Copper cladding and roofing were added as a nod to Dwarven aesthetics.
OwnershipThe youngest member of the family, Feruzi Okello, currently resides in the tower as it has been passed down throughout the years. The tower is still used heavily for research into the relationship between technology and magic, with inventions being tested in the workshop all the time. The Okello family's good relationship with the local Dwarves ensure they have access to any materials they need for tinkering, and apprentices have been known to reside in the tower with the family for some time, too.
ArchitectureThe tower originally had a crenelated top, but one day a huge Crested Chukia decided to make a nest there overnight and it took fourteen men to try and move the beast away. These birds are notorious for being aggressive and would not go down without a fight. Three men lost their lives before the rooftop was reclaimed. Since then it has been remodelled with a large copper dome which has aged with verdigris to blend in with the lush Orubian Rainforest. There are many rooms within the tower, including a workshop, library, aviary and even a large water tank that supplies a special room just for bathing in!
ImpressionThe Okello family originally wanted to construct the tower near by Falola Plaas, but the local Orubians were enraged at this waste of time and resources. Magic has been at the root of every family and it can be used for everything, they believe that there's little point in developing flimsy inventions when magic can be studied and improved to stronger levels. Feeling outcast and shunned by the community, Silas Okello enlisted the help of his Dwarven contacts to build the tower deep in the Orubian Rainforest, close to the Mgongo Mountains.
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