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The Tower of Eternal Light

The Symbol of Wealth and Power

This giant lighthouse is the national monument of Valonia Empire located next to the grand palace. It was started building in 171 BVE, on the 200th anniversary of the death of Val the Great, their first ruler. Taking 15 years to construct, the tower show the Valonian's economic superiority as it's built during its golden age.

The tower functions as a lighthouse to help guiding trader around, where the light has never died out for over a hundred years.

Serving as the tallest building in the region, the people who manage to stand on top of the tower can see the furthest town in the country, and if they're lucky enough, the range.

Architecture

The tower is made of marble and granite, dividing into 3 sections:

First, the Base. All 4 sides are decorated with statues of honorable people since its foundation. Now there are the founder, the king who defend the empire, the king of profession, and the great scientist.

On the inside there are decorated with other honorable statues as well for replacement. Via the main gate at the east, citizens can come in to worship or admire those pieces of art.

Next is the tallest part, also has 4 sides which are slightly decreased in diameter on height. It has less decoration and design on each side, with only small windows are shown.

Finally, the top, where everyone is working to maintain the light. The actual lighting source is presenting under the 4-pillars pavilion with the Emblem of Val on its tip.

Alterations

As it took 15 years to build, the base was temporarily used as a legacy monument, by placing statues of honorable people or statemen inside.

Function

Early

The light came from the top-opened furnace on the third level. Every day, all workers had to carry charcoals or timbers to the top and refueled them to keep flame consistently. It can be turned off(covered up) by vertical lift mechanism.

Crystallized

The fire has later been replaced by a new energy source that has specific characteristics; the ability to glow, and its non-flammable. So the tower can shine on its own without much maintaining, and thus fewer workers.

However, fire is still the essential part as Valonia's research department find out how to catalyze crystal and make it brighter. By burning on any surface, just like metal, it will balance the illumination.

The fined rectangular crystal prism is installed on pulley lift, covered by the box of glass to prevent from shattering. It's placed above the improved furnace that smaller but still provided a strong flame to keep the prism shining. The top is also renovated by covering up with glass pane and roof being drilled to take away the exhaust.

History

The fire has been extinguished a few times, mostly by cruel weather. In contrast, the top used to be burnt due to furnace failure from an uncontrollable flame. However, on 30 BVE when the Valonian lost the war to the rival empire called Kritus, the tower has been forced to stop working - for the first time in history.

Fortunately, after the victory over the empire 30 years later, the tower was functionally back to work again and still shine to these days—thanks to the amethyst of god.

the tower
by Adcheryl
Also known as
Lighthouse of Valonus
Location
West side of the grand palace, Valone
Built
171 - 156 BVE
Height
~180 meters
Status
Active

Type
Lighthouse
Parent Location
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Cover image: by Adcheryl

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Author's Notes

My very first article ever! About a month prior to submiting on Tower of Power challenge.
26/10/19 - Tags added.
4/6/20 - Slight updates.
5/9/20 - Remove some space.
7/11/20 - Cover added.
24/4/22 - Removed comments.


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18 Feb, 2019 10:52

Nice and interesting :)   The space in the beginning of new header parts looks a bit odd and it's not consistent throughout the article. I'd pick one approach and go with it so it has a nice, uniform look. :)   Keep up the writing!


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
18 Feb, 2019 13:34

Thank you for commenting, i'll try my best :D

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18 Feb, 2019 13:38

Ganbatte! You can do it! :D


Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
17 Sep, 2019 20:59

Lovely article!   The drawing is a very nice touch ^-^

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18 Sep, 2019 02:42

Thanks! xD

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Rafael Martin
13 Dec, 2020 13:58

I have to say that clicking on your profile to see all your articles was such a ncie surprise. I LOVE the sketched art style of the header images! I really like the idea that the basement of the tower includes many seemingly random statues, only because it had a different function for a while. That must be a very surprising room to enter :D

15 Dec, 2020 04:05

Thank you! and I love your artwork too! :D The idea of a basement is quite interesting than I thought. Maybe I should add more detail to it. :3

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Rafael Martin
15 Dec, 2020 11:52

Thanks! Yes it is! I never heard of something like that and a hidden gathering of historical statues of a decade can be quiet valuable for future generations. Especially since they're so well protected! It'd be interesting to know what the most visited/interesting sculptures are.

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
12 Jun, 2021 06:21

I love the drawing. Now I know what it looks like. I also like how the light was upgraded with the addition of a crystal. I already gave you a like in the past, otherwise I would give you one now. :)

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
12 Jun, 2021 10:59

Thanks a lot! :D

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