The Magicae Tower of Dimilnen
The Magical Axis Mundi of Edrea
ConstructionThe tower was built by Dimi Hielchen, who was later the first to be bestowed the title of High Sorcerer. Dimi Hielchen was a man of many visions and his main dream was to build a magic collegial where Magicae, young as well as old, could come and train, learn and study. In the year 173 BK Dimi Hielchen decided to start the project with the help from his pupils. He taught around 25 rather skilled Magicae, and together they built the Tower in a bit under 15 months. Materials were gathered and paid for by the lord of Olcha as he believed in the cause and he even lent a couple of his best Sorcerers to help out.
The original structure only consisted of the biggest tower but as time went on, the High Sorcerers agreed that they needed more space. Therefore, they built the lesser tower and that became the residence of the High sorcerers instead. The smaller room at the base of the biggest tower was built around the same time too, as they all agreed they needed a better kitchen.
The High OrderDimi formed The High Order with his 4 best pupils and they all controlled the happenings in the tower together in a democratic manner, they held lots of successful votes, though some meetings ended with screaming and flying books. Whenever a High Sorcerer stepped back, the remaining four were tasked with finding a new member. The Order ensured that no one else could get ownership over the tower than them, and that was the best way to ensure that the magical collegial would continue to run as they saw fit. After the founding of Edrea, the area of Olcha was now officially under the king's rule, they made an agreement that the building belonged to The High Order but that any new High Sorcerer had to be accepted by the king too.
ArchitectureThe Tower consists of two major components, the major tower and the lesser tower. They are both built in the general Olchean style from around 150 BK, lots of grey bricks, lots of gold. But something that makes the tower stand out is the use of colours such as light brown walls and purple roofs. The centrepiece is the big crystal on the spire of the major tower, this was Dimi Hielchen's idea solely. Another unusual thing about the towers is the mixing of the ornamental styles as well as the very obvious giant tree which has twisted around the building over the years. The tree was planted by Dimi Hielchen himself, but it was not meant to grow as big as it did.
The big blue crystal in the spire of the tower gleamed above her, Zuree had heard of the old legends of the High Sorcerers and their magical tower but she had painted a completely different picture in her head than what was now in front of her. The building was notably old, some cracks here and there and not to mention the gigantic overgrown three and tattered Edrean flag that ran from a branch. It was still oddly beautiful, the golden ornaments shone in the sun and the purple of the roof hadn't faded.
The tower was an important structure for Olcha as well as the Edrean Kingdom later on. It's a symbol of education, magic and power and the people of Dimilnen were proud to have it in the bustling centre of their town. People came from far and wide to witness magic within the tower as well as the tower itself. Even people from Wodila'hei came all the way to Dimilnen just to see it for themselves. Much of the income in Dimilnen came from tourism, as everyone who came to see the tower needed a place to sleep as well as food. Dimilnen had many hotels and restaurants because of this, and the economy thrived with minimal problems.
However that all changed when the magic disappeared due to the shrines losing their function. Slowly, the remaining Magicae with unlocked powers died out and no one was left to teach and no one could be taught. The building was empty for a while, then inhabited by some of the townsfolk. But most who lived in Dimilnen left to go to other places as all business had dried out. What remains is a ghost town, a shell of a once wondrous place. If anyone stumbled upon it in the current day, they would probably find the whole place eery. They would treat it like every young person ever would with a creepy old house. Go in, explore and get completely freaked out and then have a cool tale to tell around the dinner table. If they survived, of course.
The tower has 11 floors in all, that is counting the basement as well as the ground floor. The smaller Tower only has from the basement and until the sixth floor, the basement is used for storage. The Ground Floor and every Floor until the fifth includes rooms for each of the five High Sorcerers (though they're tiny so they might prefer to just go to their house in Dimilnen.) The sixth floor in the small tower has a little meeting area.
In the bigger tower, the basement serves as storage as well.
The ground floor is where the kitchen and dining hall is located.
The first floor has study rooms perfect for students who need to concentrate.
The second, third and fourth floor has classrooms.
The fifth, sixth and seventh floor has sleeping quarters for those students who live in the tower.
The eighth floor is also used for storage purposes.
The ninth floor is the open area, it has a small sitting space for those who wander up there.
Lastly, there's the roof, with the giant crystal on the top.