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The Magicae Tower of Dimilnen

The Magical Axis Mundi of Edrea

Written by ninne124

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  The Magicae Tower is an ancient structure found in Olcha. It dates back hundreds of years before the founding of the Kingdom of Edrea and has been standing for over a thousand years. The tower was a centre for all of the human magic users back in the day before the shrines lost their powers and it was no longer possible to unlock the magical potential within a being.   The Magicae came to study and learn Magic from one another, especially from the High Sorcerers who often had their permanent residence inside the tower or in the surrounding city called Dimilnen.
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If it wasn't for The Castle of Lions, this would be the most important building in all of Edrea!
— Dimi Hielchen
Alternative Names
The Magicae Tower
Type
Tower, Mage
Parent Location
Dimilnen
Owning Organization
The High Order

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Construction

The 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 Order

Dimi 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.  

Architecture

The 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.

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But it just so happens that Dimi wasn't an expert in Flora but in magic. The High Sorcerers after Dimi Hielchen didn't want to chop the tree down, so they enchanted it so that it would grow around the towers and not ruin them.  

Impression

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.

 

Floor Plan

 

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.

 
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Comments

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16 Feb, 2019 01:08

Just a few friendly comments to push the article to the limits.     1. Magicae appears to be a plural word for magicians, but is again used in the title in place of what should be a possessive. Compare 'three carpenters fixed my fence' with 'a set of carpenters' tools'. If you're looking for a Latin word and a singular user is Magica, you may use 'magicarum' to mean 'of the magicians'. 2. Much of the Legacy component discusses its construction by Dimi Hierchen, and you repeatedly refer to him as Dimi. It might flow more like a history to refer to him by His surname 'Hierchen'. 3. Additionally, when I think of Legacy, I think more of the effects that the tower and school of magicae has had on Edrea than in the tower's history itself. You might do best to relabel this section.   4. I really like the way the structure has expanded over the years. You mention it both in text And its apparent in the illustration. Good job.   5. With the loss of magic, is there any effect on the tree? Did the Sorcerers manage to permanently avoid the tree's growth into the tower, or is it now starting to shatter the structure?

16 Feb, 2019 10:13

Thank you so much for the comment David!   1) I'll try and decide what would sounds better, thank you for bringing attention to this, I can see what you mean :D I've tried fixing the other things too :D   4) thank you! :3   5. Great question :D I think I'll go back and state that the spell has worn off over the years and the tree is slowly starting to grow between the stones and cause cracks :D

16 Feb, 2019 10:36

Having that tree crack through is kind of a pretty cool touch, and really makes it feel like 'Elvis Has Left the Building'. It would also make a pretty cool set of rumors, true or not, that a daring youth actually saw the tree getting pushed back! Magic's back, baby! Of course, an outrageous claim of the sort would be laughed at by most.

16 Feb, 2019 10:38

OOOoo!! Very nice ideas, I can definitely use this in my story :D   Thank you so much for the long comment, it was great feedback!!

16 Feb, 2019 02:05

Good article, overall. The writings flows nicely. But is the Tower supported only by the magic of the magicians? Or can it draw power from other sources? Also, what is there at the top of the Tower now that it is abandoned/in disrepair? Overall, good worldbuilding.

16 Feb, 2019 10:15

Thank you :D   I wouldn't say the tower in itself has power, but rather those who were inside and used the building were the powerful ones :D   And as of now the tower would be inhabited by wild animals and maybe one of the "monsters" in the world :3

16 Feb, 2019 15:31

Good article, but the bit about the High Order made me feel like I was reading an article within an article. Could just be me though, but over I thought this was pretty good.

16 Feb, 2019 17:27

Thank you for the feedback! I'll look into changing it a bit then :D

16 Feb, 2019 21:06

Nice article with a clear layout. The usage of images and quotes breaks it down into more manageable sections and make it seem more realistic. Good job!

17 Feb, 2019 10:43

Thank you so much Ava :3

17 Feb, 2019 11:23

Short comment because I'm short on time but I loooove this article! The art is so pretty, and the layout is on point! How did you manage to have the main article body be full width under the sidebar, by the way?   «Materials were gathered paid for by the lord of Olcha»: I think there's something missing in this sentence. I guess an "and" between "gathered" and "paid".   «they needed a better kitchen»: I love those sorcerers. They could develop a food magic or something :P   «some meetings ended with screaming and flying books»: ah, yes, good old democracy! :D That was a fun bit.   Also, I could help but think of our Dimitris each time I read "Dimi" xD Awesome article overall, congrats! :)

17 Feb, 2019 11:46

Thank you so much for the comment Ondo!! I'll go fix that and put in the "and" so it makes sense XD   I just wrote most of my article in Footnotes and then the bit that fills all of it is written in Full Footnote (I think that's what it's called, under Design :3)   And the Dimi character is the one for the other challenge xD

17 Feb, 2019 11:57

Oh, that's a nice rick. Hadn't thought of it! ^^

17 Feb, 2019 14:57

Hey there. I have to say, this article completely blew me away. The idea is brilliant, and the illustrations are great. I couldn’t really find any major elements to improve, so just a few small things instead. 1: It might be better to include some more specific dates, like when the shrines lost their power, or when the second tower and kitchen were built. 2: Has anyone tried to loot the tower? A huge crystal on top of a tower with gold and (big assumption that purple is of similar value in your world) sounds valuable, if somewhat difficult to take. 3: Maybe some more detail on the tower’s interior? Did students sleep in the tower, and if so, where were the dormitories and how big were they? Where were the classrooms? Toilets? Recreational rooms? I hope this helps, and again, amazing work on the article.

17 Feb, 2019 18:48

Thank you so much Evilhotdog (amazing name by the way, big fan xD) I'm so happy tou like the illustrations, they are my babies :P   I'm so happy you like it! This is such great feedback and I'll make sure to go through it all :3

17 Feb, 2019 16:05

Overall, it's an excellent presence in the setting and an example of what wonder the world used to hold but no longer does. The art is really cool and I really like the tree-tower base/foundation and the art at the very bottom :D  

The tower was a centre for all of the human magic users back in the day before
  centre = center    
Dimi Hielchen was a man of many visions
  I'm not sure why, but this sentence reads a bit strange to me: something like "a man of ambition" or "was a visionary" might read better? :)  
He taught around 25 rather skilled Magicae, and together they built the Tower in a bit under 15 months.
  You mention before this that he decided to use his pupils help, but this reads more like he is teaching 25 new ones to help him build the tower. "he had taught" could solve it, maybe?  
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.
  Up until now, I thought there was only one tower. I might consider changing it only slightly, or swap the order: have architecture first, and the "High Order" header after that. :)  
Dimi 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.
  This is funny XD   But you could probably split it into two parts! End it after "manner", let the rest stand on its own. Maybe change it slightly: "This method was very successful, though..." or something?  
Whenever a High Sorcerer stepped back, the remaining four were tasked with finding a new member.
  What did they do if no suitable replacement was readily found? Were there any period where they were only 4 (or less)?  
mixing of the ornamental styles as well
  What ornamental styles are those? :)  
the very obvious giant tree
  I'd avoid "very obvious" - if it's obvious, you don't need to tell us and "very" should can usually be replaced with something more evocative. Consider changing it for something else, a part of the prose with some more punch. "The arcane tree" or "enchanted" or something cool and awesome :)   Now that magic is gone, has the enchantment on the tree failed? Will it start strangling the tower and bring it to ruin? Or is it the sole anchor of magic in the world still?   All in all, really awesome! :D

17 Feb, 2019 18:45

Goooooodness Q, now I get that ominous "get ready" message XD   Thank you so much for the feedback, I'll try and find some time to correct it all :D

17 Feb, 2019 19:02

It's already awesome, so no worries there! :D

17 Feb, 2019 19:45

Your art and the layout are gorgeous! And the content does make a lot of sense. I have one question about the last paragraph though: What is there left in the tower that a strolling teenager would be freaked out and might not even survive?

17 Feb, 2019 21:49

Thank you so much for the comment Kelban! I didn't realize I forgot to include the link to the creature that roams the area! It's this big lizard looking humanoid, not very friendly. I'll try and include that when I edit it tomorrow! :3

18 Feb, 2019 04:54

I dont really have much to say on the layout. It all looks good to me.bit flows well and reads easily. Nothing seems to be missing either :) your art is amazing by the by. I mean maybe more info people outside and how they view it?

22 Feb, 2019 23:01

Thank you for the comment Dylon! :3

18 Feb, 2019 09:23

this is an incredibly detailed article! I love the formatting in this article and this makes it very easy to read. Overall every section contains interesting information. The history of the tower was very intriguing to read and definitely captures the attention of a reader from the very beginning. A quote or two would however help very much in expanding a bit on this article The information under the impression section was my favourite tbh. Coupled with your beautiful artwork and writing skills, It really is an interesting section to read and all in all, this article very much deserves the love it has been getting from the community. Hope my comment was at least half decent. Congratulations and keep up the great work ninne!

22 Feb, 2019 23:02

There's a map now!!! Also great feedback but I have run out of words D. (only have around 50 left...)

20 Feb, 2019 15:22

I love the friendly feel of the art style and its consistency, great job.

22 Feb, 2019 23:02

Thank you so much :D

22 Feb, 2019 22:37

MAPHYPE! :D

22 Feb, 2019 23:02

XD

24 Feb, 2019 01:54

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS MAP! ITS A MASTERPIECE INDEED!

24 Feb, 2019 23:32

Thank you so much Claw!!

25 Feb, 2019 14:05

I want to like this three times: once for the prose, once for the art, and once for the layered map. That map!!! This article goes above and beyond and reading it was enjoyable and instructive. Your use of map layers taught me more about how I can use World Anvil. Thank you!

25 Feb, 2019 21:35

Wow! Thank you so much Accalon that is very high praise, I feel very honoured :O   I don't even know what to say this is possibly one of the sweetest comments I've ever gotten! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article and to leave such a kind comment, it means a lot! :3

27 Mar, 2019 00:04

Well done Ninne! You did fantastic work with the layout, CSS, art and Map here. You followed the challenge to a tee, and pulled it off with flying colors. There were a few lines which didn't make much sense to me, such as the one regarding a kitchen being needed (not sure if this was a problem with the word count)   Either way, fantastic art and work!

31 Mar, 2019 13:38

Thank you Barron :)