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The Black-Tower (Mörktornet)

Written by Ken D

And I saw it. That strange spire, not of this land. The object for which people have killed. The obelisk of pain, and the downfall of our world. That bastard Tower, the Mörktornet. And I drew it in chalk and crayons, for what more could I do? I could feel it compelling me to do so. And none can resist the pull of the Tower, or deny it and live.
  The Tower is an imposing structure made by the Old Folk right before their disappearance in 1 AE. Many myths surround its reason for existence, and its possible connection with the Folk. The machines finished the Tower after the Old Folk vanished, but when asked about it they simply claimed that they "had their memories erased by a wireless computer-interface" right after they finished construction, hence they have no knowledge of why they had been programmed to finish the Tower in the first place. Speculations state that the Tower may be the very reason why the Folk vanished.
Some say the Tower is a force of evil, whilst others simply say it may have been a communication-tower, like a satellite. But all agree on one thing; this building had something to do with the disappearance of the Folk.

Purpose / Function

Its purpose is unknown, although many have guessed. Some say the Folk were using the Tower to communicate with people in the Tagaloa, others say it may have been a form of Door leading to some other dimension. The machines say it may have been used for power-generation, perhaps a form of derrick that harvested Moona or made Nuclear-Magic. Nobody knows for sure.

Entries

Apart from the heavy doors, there appears to be no other forms of entry. Any windows would be too high to be reached, and the Tower's defense-system prevents people from scaling the walls.

Alterations

The only alterations to the structure have been a massive fence and wall built around it, surrounded by a large moat filled with acid (known as "Tamirabharani") to keep intruders away.

Architecture

In appearance, the building is six million thanna (one thanna being 360 miles) in height (2,160,000,000 miles) and 20 thanna in width. The Tower is so tall it pierces the clouds, some say almost touching the heavens. The structure is divided into 24 Levels, with each Level being 250,000 thanna (90,000,000 miles) apart from the next; it is said that each Level is protected by a Kidemoonas (a form of guardian-spirit). From a distance, it appears as though the Tower is made of a dense black metal. On closer inspection, it is shown to be made of some form of seamless organic material that can mimic the strength of diamond and the flexibility of rubber if struck. This substance is also shown to be resistant to the highest temperatures, and is impenetrable. This substance, known by the machines as "Metrial-1686", is said to have been invented by the Folk. Carved all over the base of the Tower are the 7 Runes used in Teletai, possibly meaning that the Tower has some deep connection to magic.   The Tower has a singular door, which cannot be opened. It also has no windows or openings, except for a few glass domes positioned every 250,000 thanna away from each other. Carved onto the door of the Tower is this simple phrase:"We have seen the face of life and death, and faced the mask of fear. But for those who seek to find the truth, abandon all hope here."

History

The first foundations for the Tower were built by the Folk in 597,948 DE and continued until 1 AE. The machines took over the job of completing the Tower later, and finished it by 20 AE. From the time it was first built to the time it was finished, as strange buzzing noise could be heard coming from the top of the Tower. A robot would tell you it was "sub-nuclear atomic cells requiring recharging" but a common man would tell you it was the "sirens of demons". Whatever was at the top, it was enough to keep people out of the Tower for good.

The strange symbols

  At some point after the Tower had been built, strange symbols started to appear scrawled all over the bottom section of the structure. These symbols, once observed carefully and deciphered, proved to be a language. A 23-letter writing-system, with seven vowels and 16 consonants.
Oracle Script
by C.S.De Silva (Ken D)
The words written with the script, nicknamed the "Oracle Script", were in a language completely unknown to Heimland. They read as follows: "Ene tsamkhag, khari khüniig bolgoomjtoi baigaarai. Ene ni kheniig ch avrald khürgedeggüi bögööd zövkhön tany evdreliig bii bolgono. Ene tsamkhag bol bükh khün ükhel yum. Ene ni bidniig avaad, chamaig avch yavna."   It is unknown who or what may have written the strange words, but the substance they were written in shows a resemblance to the ink-like liquid used to write the Inkblot-Ideograms.
The Black Tower
by C.S.De Silva (Ken D)
Alternative Names
Mörktornet, the Iron-Spire
Type
Skyscraper
Parent Location

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Tez205
Keontez George
16 Feb, 2019 15:11

Interesting article. If the tower is Six Million Thanna, how big is the world? That was the only thing that kinda threw me out of the narrative. Other than that good job.

17 Feb, 2019 02:53

Thank you for the comment! The island/continent of Heimland is roughly 118 thanna in width and 120 thanna in length, which is not that big when compared to the massive structures resting on top of it. Despite its small size, the land can support such gigantic structures as the Tower because it has no shifting tectonic-plates, and is therefore immovable.

17 Feb, 2019 14:41

Hell of a tower to be around four times the length from the earth to the sun. Question: wouldn’t people manage to enter through the glass domes? Or is it some kind of spoopy glass?

18 Feb, 2019 03:47

no, but seriously, a tower that large would fall under the sun's gravitational pull (assuming from your map that this is earth). and what is it made of? there isn't enough material to make that thing on the continent, possibly in the world (again assuming Earth-like planet) I'm just saying, this is the kind of height that requires some explanation.

19 Feb, 2019 03:23

To get through the glass domes one would first have to climb the Tower, which would be nearly impossible if you consider the forcefields, Guardians and various spiritual beings that roam around the Tower. Also, the glass is mostly a diamond alloy and would be impossible to break with any tools from Heimland.

19 Feb, 2019 03:30

Heimland is similar to Earth, but is still very different. For example, the continents never drifted away and the Old Folk modified the lands past normalcy. There are 90 hours in a day (45 daylight and 45 night), 42 days in a month (seven days per week, thus six weeks in a month), 20 months and 840 days in a year. In other words, Heimland is like Earth, but is not Earth at all.   From a distance, it appears as though the Tower is made of a dense black metal. On closer inspection, it is shown to be made of some form of seamless organic material that can mimic the strength of diamond and the flexibility of rubber if struck. This substance is also shown to be resistant to the highest temperatures, and is impenetrable. This substance, known by the machines as "Metrial-1686", is said to have been invented by the Folk. Also, the Old Folk imported their materials from other dimensions (at the height of their power) and the machines finished the remainder of the Tower with the materials left behind when the Folk vanished.

17 Feb, 2019 15:29

The size and scale you are talking about is absolutely massive. It's 54.6 million kilometers between Earth and Mars alone. If your setting has planetary systems like our world has, you might want to consider the numbers. How has anyone even measured the size, when it is that big?   The first paragraph (and the first under architecture) are running a bit long, so you could consider splitting them into two parts: maybe dividing them with a image, or quote.  

Some say the Tower is a force of evil, whilst others simply say it may have been a communication-tower, like a satellite. But all agree on one thing; this building had something to do with the disappearance of the Folk.
  Does it currently do anything that people can detect?  
The first foundations for the Tower were built by the Folk in 597,948 DE and continued until 1 AE. The machines took over the job of completing the Tower later, and finished it by 20 AE.
  These are some big numbers, but they don't actually tell me anything about the actual age of things without knowing exactly when DE ends and AE begins. Is that intentional?  
Type Skyscraper
  I suppose there's not an "orbital elevator" type? :D


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
19 Feb, 2019 03:37

Thank you for the comment :) Yes, the Tower will occasionally let out a loud buzzing scream (the "siren's wail") that can be heard from across Heimland. Machines have their interpretation of this, calling it "malfunctioning machinery", whilst the commoners of Heimland simply blame it on "demons" and "banshees" in the Tower.   I suggest you read about the DE and AE timelines to get a better view of the world and its time. Also, yes, most of the timeline confusion is intentional. After the Folk left, time started to.....die. In other words, time is starting to go out of flux. It's speeding up in some areas, and slowing down in others. That's why some races live for thousands of years on one end of the island and others live for only a few decades. Also, yes, there was once an elevator-system within the Tower. But it faded away once the Folk were no longer there to maintain it, just as their Skytrains and Hovercrafts are now turning to ash.

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
17 Feb, 2019 22:47

Over 2 million miles...that's massive man...like woah. You do you but now does one build something that big? How does one keep it from collapsing under the shear gravitational pulls of many objects. Now this world building. I won't say its impossible but in its current state it really breaks the immersion of the article and I find it hard to take it on faith and suspend disbelief. I want to though so make it happen :). Magic just doesn't seem to cut it for me oersonally lol but that's my problem.     So those are my main questions but as an aside consider using that sidebar a bit more. It makes this intriguing article even more so.

18 Feb, 2019 03:43

weight isn't a problem as the centre of mass is in 0G. the problem is the height itself. it's 3 times the distance from earth to Saturn. it would hit something at some point and be destroyed or toss the planet out of orbit

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
18 Feb, 2019 03:49

Wellllll kinda. see nothing is without gravity. With thay this phone in my hand has gravity buttttt its so minute. At that size, your dealing with the gravity of any large body in the vicinity with more mass. That minute becomes very big at that point. Plus you have to consider the gravity such a megastructure would have itself. I mean astroid belts could be pulled into it, orbit around it. Etc. Ublessbits in deep deeeeeep space, any object withing x ammount of distance will get drawn to it

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
18 Feb, 2019 03:50

Then forgein object that happen to enter the well will be pulled just because its that massive.

19 Feb, 2019 03:41

Thank you for the comments :) Yes, it is an insane idea to think of such a massive object on such a tiny object. But then, if you consider the things the Old Folk have done, it would be childsplay to them. From dimensional-travel to soul-switching and advanced-cloning, the Folk advanced rather rapidly until their disappearance. I suggest you read about The Old Folk to get a better idea of their technology and history.

19 Feb, 2019 03:42

Also, I promise to flesh out the setting a bit more in the future :)

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
19 Feb, 2019 03:47

wellllll at this point its more of a tiny object on a massive object....that sounds like a half empty half full kind of problem so disregard lol. nonetheless gravity is a basic universal law. we assume it exists cause...i mean who makes a world without gravity....someone should...but if it exists and the old folk they can break that law, it should be clearly defined and explained how if it stems into sci fi. That object....would have mass that...i mean holy crap multiple planets would have to be strip mined and destroyed to create that, unless magic lol. if it magic thats chill...but I still wanna be convinced!

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
19 Feb, 2019 03:48

its no problem at all. super curious tho!

19 Feb, 2019 03:53

Thank you for the comment :) Yes, the Old Folk had to destroy multiple planets, and the realities and dimensions they existed in. All to produce this Tower. The Old Folk could, in theory, break any law they wanted (most of them were immortal) and gravity was not much of a challenge to them. If you consider even heavier objects (such as The Dalcassian-Stone), the Tower by comparison would not be much of a challenge. They had time, resources and enough tech and willpower to build this massive structure, and they had their machines to complete it when they were no longer there. Either way, I will be adding more to the lore later on :)

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
19 Feb, 2019 04:23

Ooooo do let me know when you do. They sound like a fun bunch. Really curious now. When I find time I may just go and investigate those articles.