The Triskelion

Big. Neutral. Triangular.

The Triskelion is the last Magic Tower left standing from the Age of Magic. It is unknown who the original builders were due to all pertaining records becoming lost or destroyed. A few Dwarven Mason clans independently claim sole responsibility for the construction, but the unique design of the Tower does not match any known Dwarven architectural styles. It is estimated that the Triskelion was originally built in approximately 900 EM and has since stood for over 1,200 years.

Purpose / Function

The Triskelion structure is a university and dormitory. Since its founding the tower has provided facilities to study both arcane and mundane knowledge. As of the start of the Age of Regrowth, the tower is the only place in Miras where magic is performed unabated by societal or economic influence (for better or worse). The tower itself contains the world's largest archive of arcane artifacts along with the oldest private library in Miras.

Alterations

Since its construction, several additions were made to the central tower's complex, such as dormitories and gardens, to accommodate the growing student body. A total of one dozen magical wards were erected over the centuries in the form of stone spires along the tower ground's perimeter (App. 50 ER). These wards have dual-purpose designs to both protect the Triskelion from outside forces and protect Roue D'or from wayward tower experiments.

Architecture

The tower's name comes from it's unique three-sided shape. Historical records show the orientation of the tower's corners were originally aligned with the regions natural ley lines placing the tower at a magical crossroads; however, modern scholars studying the ley lines show that this is not precise. While the tower is indeed built atop a ley line crossing, the corners of the Triskelion are not aligned. Arguments are made as to whether the records are flawed or that the ley lines have moved in the millennia since the tower was erected. The Triskelion's placement at these crossroads grant the tower increased stability while many mages gather in one area. Previous Towers of Magic had experienced disruptions in magic and in the case of the Tower of Wort, total magical burnout.  

Floors

  The Triskelion is made up of 42 floors of polished granite. The outer walls do not taper and remain flat. The roof of the tower is sloped to one side, leaving the eastern facing wall higher than the western-most corner.  

Floors 1-5

 

Composed of common areas: kitchens, dining areas, public offices (admittance and government facing). These floors also contain the tower's oldest dormitories whose rooms are reserved for the youngest students.

Floors 16-24

Consists solely of living quarters for Triskelion professors and Tower Mages.

Floors 5-15

 

Contains classrooms and laboratories for primary students. These rooms are for mundane academics and low-tier magic studies. Floor seven houses the main library.

Floors 25-35

 

Contains advanced laboratories and research halls. Typically inaccessible to non-Tower Mages or non-faculty. Floor thirty-five houses the Elder's Library for books/records considered dangerous or sensitive.

  Floors 5-15 and 25-35 share an open area that allows for increased air flow and mobility between floors for magic users. Advanced mages can quickly navigate between these floors using magical means.   Floors 36-42 are reserved for the Grand Arcanist's personal use; including private studies and living quarters for their family and retainers. These are located where the tower's roof begins its slope making these floors smaller in area than the floors below.   The Triskelion's basement floors descend nine levels. Only the first and second levels are permitted for students/guests. Floors three through nine require prior approval to access for they contain the the Tower's most dangerous artifacts and secrets.

History

Origin

  Founded by First Arcanist Bhíralíze during the Age of Magic and since standing for over a millennium, making the Triskelion one of the world’s oldest structures still in continuous use. Contemporary records remark on Bhíralíze’s schism with another (unnamed) mage cloister after gathering his own following. Breaking off of the previous group, the new cloister founded the Triskelion mage organization.  

The Destruction of the Towers of Magic

  Unlike other towers of magic who were remote and isolated, the Triskelion was unique in that it was located near an existing population. Due to the coincidental kindness of the then Grand Arcanist, the Triskelion had good social standing with the local population. Because of this uncommon political situation at the time, the tower and its mages were sparred in the revolution against the towers of magic that marked the end of the Age of Magic. Because of this, the Triskelion continued to grow and became the largest arcane university in history.  

Unopposed Growth

  Since the start of the Age of Regrowth, the Tower served as the sole Arcane University in Miras. Because of the lack of alternatives, all persons who wished to study magic would turn to the Triskelion for instruction. Without any opposition, the Triskelion quickly gained the sole authoritative voice in the world for magic related issues. While the organization grew in power so did the tower grow in regional influence. As more students joined the university, more space was needed to house them. The tower's leadership legislated a deal with the ruling governors of Roue D'or for additional land. In exchange for control of the immediate area around the tower (which had been settled by residents of the city), the organization agreed to man the city's defenses with Tower Mages. On the tower's 12th centennial celebration, the Triskelion announced its resident population had exceeded 14,000 active members and students (including Mages currently in permanent positions abroad).  

The Siege of 814 ER

  Following the city fires in 812 ER caused by Demon Lord Akante's attempted invasion from Lon'Dun, a garrison of Whitecloaks formed outside the city walls of Roue D'or. Despite many attempts, the soldiers were unable to enter the city due to the entry ban set by the Merchant Kings decades prior. Over the next two years, tensions grew between the Whitecloak garrison and the Tower Mages who patrolled the walls above them. The Whitecloaks believed the Triskelion had purposely summoned the demons with forbidden magic and as such incurred the scrutiny of a Whitecloak General. Rumors spread that the Triskelion housed a population of devils within its mysterious basement levels.   In Kotallah of 814 ER, a company of Whitecloak soldiers broke through the city walls under the cover of night despite the threat of igniting a war against Roue D'or. In a brief, bloody siege against the Triskelion, the Whitecloak General made their way into the deepest level of the tower's undercroft. It has been questioned how the soldiers were able to penetrate the tower's defenses; some believe bribery of key positions and internal collusion was involved (the full investigation has been kept classified by tower officials).   After the General was captured and later extradited to Aster Prienne (the Whitecloak city-state) it was revealed that the General had indeed discovered a prison of sorts inhabited by Tieflings, Deep Folk, and other proclaimed 'dark-kin'. Rumors spread that these inhabitants were secretly experimented on by the Triskelion, others professed that they must be malevolent actors who were captured by the Tower Mages. Because of the General's lack of evidence and poor faith against the Whitecloaks because of their illegal invasion, the Merchant Kings dismissed all allegations against the Triskelion.
Before he could even see the city gate, Karl witnessed the grey tower rise over his royal procession. It was the first time he had seen the legendary Triskelion and it had broken all expectations. Ambrose has certainly underplayed a few aspects, Karl thought, let's hope these talks go well.
Session #36: Class Reunion
Type
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Parent Location
Owning Organization
The Triskelion
by E. Jones
"They invited me to an advanced class in the dungeons! Third level down! Professor Horngrove said I was the youngest student to ever get invited... What? No, you can't come too. It's supposed to be a secret.
A young Licentious Crowds to Ambrose François, 786 ER
   
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Redclaw123
Elias Redclaw
18 Feb, 2019 18:38

Fantastic article! I love the amount of effort and details you have put into this article and it definitely deserves my like. The first thing I have to say is that the details about the architecture was. Sry good. That combined with the artwork makes the reader able to perfectly visualise your creation.   Second of all, the history was the most interesting bit to read. It’s really nice to see the history behind the Triskelion. For expansion you could use a bit more linking or if you are short on time, then you can use tooltips for a short summary of that topic like Moras. A quote or two would also help in bringing this article to life. Overall it’s very concise and good and really piqued my interest. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

18 Feb, 2019 19:12

Thank you for detailed comment! I will definitely take your advice and add in some links and quotes soon. I really appreciate your time and for stopping by.

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
18 Feb, 2019 19:12

This is kind of cool! Good job on it. I like the layline reference as well. How do you pronounce Bhíralíze. Is it similar to Irish or Gaelic where bh, is oronounced like a v? Only suggestions i could offer would put some info in the sidebar, maybe a quote? Thanks for sharing!

18 Feb, 2019 19:25

Spot on! Yes, you are exactly correct on the pronunciation on Bhíralíze (Vee-ruh-leez). I wanted the history of the region to be influenced by Gaelic design, and I felt that spelling would help with the tone. You are also right on needing some more sidebar content, so I'll certainly be adding that this evening.

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
18 Feb, 2019 19:36

ooooooo being scottish/irish helped! lol plus knowing a girl names Siobhan...which is one of my favorite names. Feel free to let me know when your done!

19 Feb, 2019 03:07

I've added some quotes, tooltips, and a few links to some stubs I'm working on. Let me know what you think.

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
19 Feb, 2019 03:09

ooooo, now that is one lovely article! good job. the quotes are quite nice, though the text is a little dark in the quote box. still really good. =]

20 Feb, 2019 10:52

Who doesn't love a good magic tower? I enjoyed the fact that it thinks about stuff like magic flight and how that changed some of the construction of the tower. It's not just a tower, it's a tower made by mages for mages. I would love to know if there are any other alterations like that in the tower: any particularly magically-active material used for door-frames and gate ways so they can enchant them easier? You mention leylines for instance - do they have any effect on the tower?   A small formatting note: if you use | at the end of a quoteblock, you automatically get the author's name inside the quoteblock as the speaker:  

Like this. Forsoothly.
— A Feedback Person
  " It is estimated that the Triskelion was originally built in approximately 900 EM."   What's the current age? Adding some nice sting to that like "making it over a millenia old" could be nice :)   "Since its construction, several additions were made to the central tower. Additional dormitories and gardens were built to accommodate the growing student body." - You are doubling up on "additional"/additions here. Consider changing one of them for another word: several expansions were made, or cut the "additional" :)   "The three-sided tower's name comes from it's unique shape." - It *might* read better if you shuffled the terms around: "the tower's name comes from its unique three-sided shape". Something to consider :)   "Arguments are made as to whether the records are flawed or that the ley lines have potentially moved in the millennia since the tower was erected." Ambiguity and potential plot hooks! I like it! :D   Approximately how many mages are there? You mention they were besieged at one point and spared revolts at other, but attacking a huge tower full of people capable of slinging fireball *and* possessing a huge arsenal of magic junk seems pretty risky!   Does the tower continue the tradition of kindness to the local populace? Do they still have their support?   It could be really cool if you (either in container or quote block) added some examples to some of the stuff you mention: a particularly dangerous artifact or a significant event involving an escaped/wayward experiment! :)   Do they have any notable allies? Any notable enemies?   Did they do anything during that demon-attack? Put out fires? Fight demons with awesome magic? :)   Awesome stuff so far, I would love to see more :D


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
20 Feb, 2019 23:03

Thanks for the quote formatting tip; I didn't know that was available. I will certainly be applying it to my other articles. I have also applied some of the editing suggestions you provided.   To answer your questions:   Do ley lines have any effect on the tower? There is now a brief explanation of the ley lines effect. I try think of the situation when too many people connect to one cell tower, the service slows or goes down. So a crosswords is like having multiple cell towers nearby for even distribution.   What's the current age? I added a brief mention to the tower's total age and added a link to the master timeline.   Approximately how many mages are there? I added a quick reference to the current population of the tower based on it's most resent 'census' under the Growth section. Also placed a quick note in the Siege history to relay that there may have been some dubious actor to allow the invasion to occur.   A significant event involving an escaped/wayward experiment? Luckily, this happens in the next plot article that is currently private (Session #9: The Disappearance of Licentious Crowds). The second quote in the side bar is a prelude to such an event.   Did they do anything during that demon-attack? This is also an event that occurs in a later plot article (Sessions #36-43). These sessions are adaptions of audio recordings from my RPG campaign. It might be a ways out but these stories are coming.   Does the tower continue the tradition of kindness to the local populace?/Do they still have their support?/Do they have any notable allies/Any notable enemies? These are all good questions that I have elected to separate into another, unfinished article (The Triskelion (Organization)). I wanted to focus this article solely on the building itself for the Tower of Power competition. Do you think it would be better to combine the two?   Thanks for the proofread, I've developed a bit of tunnel vision and you pointed out a lot of things I hadn't considered needed to be present.

26 Feb, 2019 08:15

Glad you found it useful. :)


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
rathiri
Nikki
20 Feb, 2019 13:14

Really awesome! I was drawn into your world right away and really enjoyed reading this article. You gave a lot of depth and character and made me feel immersed in the world, yet not too lost due to the hover text and all. Additionally, the mini magic history really aided with comprehension. I agree with Q that it might be useful to place the tower more firmly in time, for example, have a time series at the top that says something like Built XXX (or unknown), Known to still be standing today (XXX) or something??? I think it would give for context for the dates you use. For example 814 ER, was this a recent event, one in recent history, or one that happened some generations ago? I am definitely invested in what the Triskelion is up to, knowing they keep peeps locked up down there...Last, love the picture, it really added to your description of the tower!

rathiri
Nikki
20 Feb, 2019 13:14

Also super well written! forgot to mention that lol

21 Feb, 2019 01:42

A lot of towers lately. I like how your tower differs in Architecture from the surrounding city. After 100 years that is to be expected. Also the triangular shape gives it just the reight alienness for a mage tower. I also like that you left place for "flyers": Makes one wonder if it feels like the Citadel in mass effect (instead of scooters it would be mages flying around though).   Why are other towers standing abroad though? Was it a vicious cycle of People afraid -> Mage moves away -> People get more afraid. Are Mage towers bound to ley lines, and this tower was close to civilization just by accident (because the leylines cross here?).   Solid Article, and very fitting for a high magic world.

21 Feb, 2019 22:30

Actually, the magic towers secluded themselves for the opposite reason. Originally Miras's mage population was mostly nobility. The nobles tended to use their magic for personal gain, making them even more rich and powerful. Eventually they wanted to get away from all of the icky poor people and built their towers far from them. There was a big divide between the mages and general population which caused a huge revolution that defined the end of the first age. I have a small historical event on my timeline here: The Destruction of the Towers of Magic

21 Feb, 2019 22:38

You are correct about the ley lines. It's a coincidence that the tower was built where it was. It was simply the most prudent choice when picking where it goes.

21 Feb, 2019 04:21

Excellent work. You've established a very good idea of this tower's place in this world and its local culture; I particularly liked the bit about the dwarf clans each claiming responsibility, that's very realistic. I did notice a couple of typos that may need to be corrected; in the Session #36 quote toward the top, it reads "lets" when it should read "let's"; and in the last paragraph, there's an instance where "Whitcloak" instead of "Whitecloak". Otherwise, a great read.

21 Feb, 2019 13:48

You said that it served as a fortification as well. You might describe the layout of its defenses and how magic may play a role or not. I like the dark background, but it was a little difficult to read the last few sections since they were blending into it.

26 Mar, 2019 23:59

Wowzers this is extremely impressive work! You make great use of all the bbcode, you got maps, images and all that jazz. You do a fantastic layout with the floor mapping and the history was engaging!   Great Entry my friend!


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2 Apr, 2019 19:16

Nice article and congrats on the win. :) Have you thought about adding block links?