Coils beneath the cobblestone of the Old Dwarven Road
hum with electricity, a quiet sound that is barely heard by those just passing through. To the trained ear, one may be able to hear the series of taps that sometimes pass by, pulses of current being directed to the next place, dictated a message through a mixture of magic and technology. If one listens closely while traveling, one may hear the signature series of taps that defines Echo Call
, but to the layman, these small sounds may be nothing more than an animal walking or the hammering of some tunnel down the way.
Developed by the Dwarves
, the Telegraph is a device that allows one to send messages over long distances without the need for a spell or other high-level magic. Combining technology and magic, the Telegraph is meant to send pulses of electricity through coils of wire that are often inlaid into the ground beneath roadways. These pulses reflect the letters of Echo Call
, a simplified language using a series of short and long taps to create letters and words that can be easily transmitted through these electrical pulses. A translator is required on each end to receive and translate the message before relaying the information to the proper people.
While mostly technical, the Telegraph does have some magical components. The electrical pulses are created through the use of some of the special metals of Isekai. Zap Steel
is the most common, used in extremely small doses to not be volatile. Magic is also imbued into the Telegraphs themselves to allow the sender to select the location to send a message without the need to send a message through a variety of nodes along the route. The Dwarves
have been quite open with this technology, but the combination of mechanical and magic has led to many races deciding that this technology was too complex to be practical in most instances.
While magic is commonly used in the Dwarven Kingdom
, the usage of magical messages was never something the Dwarves
delved into as it was said that the large amount of stone between the caster and the receiver could slow or even weaken the magic. Those who lived in Káto
often reported similar occurrences, but had found new ways, often using more magic, to get around this limitation.
sought a mechanical answer to their problem, viewing the Old Dwarven Road
as the center of their communications. As the road was being built, coils of Zap Steel
and other metals were placed in measured increments beneath the road. A language, much like Mine Ticks
, would be developed by Scholars
to relay short messages through pulses in the coils. With this in place, it was only a matter of time before the perfect machine was created to receive and send the pulses.
Communication through the tunnels of the Dwarven Kingdom
could sometimes take days as a mixture of magic and travel was used to relay information through the labyrinth beneath the mountains. The invention of the Telegraph and Echo Call
allowed messages to travel from one end of the Kingdom
to the other in mere minutes, raising response times to critical issues that might arise.
While the Telegraph is mostly utilized by those who serve the Kingdom
or tradesmen, the common people have access to send personal messages at various locations throughout the Kingdom
for a small fee. This has kept loved ones apprised of situations, including the status of their loved ones during times such as the Eldritch War
. During that time in particular, the Telegraph gave much peace of mind when the world was tumultuous and the Dwarves
attempted to protect their homes.