Tiry’s Tower (tih-RISE tao-ER)
Tiry’s Tower is the tallest building in Eden, the first functional space elevator in the Clarkwoods Literary Universe, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Post-Apocalyptic World. Located at the geographical center of the Reekian megalopolis, it is visible from every corner of the Edenian supercontinent—thanks, of course, to the fact that Eden is a flat-world planetoid and there is no curvature for the tower to hide behind. And so, even for those cultures who don’t believe the building is what it is, Tiry’s Tower is as useful a wayfinding point during the day as the so-called North “Star” is at night.
Purpose / Function
The primary purpose of the tower and the tethered cable it surrounds is to transport people and cargo from the surface of Eden to the Pu Dijk space station above. It’s secondary use is as a commercial, residential, and hospitality hub for the Reekian Megalopolis. And with 324 floors of space inside its walls, it truly does have something for everyone.
It was not, strictly speaking, necessary. The dwarves had mastered techniques for non-rocket spacelaunches ages before. And yet, Nergard was so enamored with the idea of building a structure that could touch the heavens that he couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Even after the world ended.
Finding himself a refugee in the purgatorial paradise of Eden, and soon realizing that this was a flat world instead of a spherical one, he joined with the best and brightest minds of The Reek—scientists from a dozen different species, some of whom had never made contact with one another prior to The Calamity—and together they came up with a design that would work.
It took nearly sixty years to finish, but they made it happen.
The end result, when combined with the completion of the Pu Dijk space station some seven years later, democratized access to the Five Moons and was such a stunning sight that Lüe the Mapmaker included it on her list of Seven Wonders of the Postapocalyptic World.
Even the Wonderlanders, who call it The Liar’s Ladder, appreciate the beauty of the blasphemous building—though they very much prefer their magical Beanstalk, of course.