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Tower of High Sorcery at Daltigoth

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The Tower of High Sorcery at Daltigoth was one of the Towers of High Sorcery on Ansalon. It was located in the Inner City district of the imperial city Daltigoth in the Empire of Ergoth. Ergothians would call the tower Rathfast or the Crimson Tower.

The tower was square and about 200 feet tall and very broad. It was made of mysterious blood red stone. On top of the tower were five parapets. Four were in the corners and were white. The center parapet was larger and black. All five had electrum needles on top of them. The entrance into the tower was double doors made of oak stained black with copper ruins.

The main floor was a large open room with vaulted ceilings. In the center of the room was a large pool. On either side of the pool were large stairs that each led up to a balcony that looked down on the pool. The tower itself had four main stairways that were located in each corner of the tower. After that were the laboratories of the Wizards. The use of Illusion magic made these floors impossible to map. Above the laboratory stories were the quarters for most the wizards. The Halls of Shifting Shadows were above the quarter levels. Right above the halls was the rooms for the Master of the Tower of Daltigoth. At the top, within the black parapet, was the tower's Heartchamber.

Surrounding and protecting the tower was the Kadothan Grove. Past the grove were numerous white stoned paths on a large lawn. The largest path led to a stairway of twenty-one stairs and to the entrance of the tower. After the protection of the grove the tower also had at least twenty malachite statues and a flock of Gargoyles. The gargoyles would answer only to the master of the tower.

History of the Tower

Age of Dreams

Harald Greytooth, the Head of the Red Robes, approached Pakin II about building a new Tower of High Sorcery in Daltigoth. Pakin agreed if the wizards would help defend and strengthen the empire. Harald agreed to the emperor's terms. Although thirty years later once Pakin III saw Harald's plans for the new tower he disagreed with moving forward. Pakin didn't want a red tower but a white tower to show the world what a good nation Ergoth was. Harald reluctantly agreed with the emperor...seemingly agreed that is. After a large imperial ceremony in 2414 PC, the White Robe Yoralyn led a ritual that resulted with the image of a white tower over the city. The white tower was an illusion and that night Harald led the true ritual and raised the red Tower of High Sorcery. Pakin had a sense of humor and laughed off what happened.

Very quickly in the tower's history many Ergothian Nobles joined the ranks of Red Robes in the tower. This helped the acceptance not only helped wizards in the empire but beyond.

During the Rose Rebellion in 1791 PC the Swordsheath Army led by Vinas Solamnus laid siege to Daltigoth. Emperor Emann Quisling asked the wizards of the tower for help defeating the rebels, but for wizards decided to stay neutral. The emperor was forced to cede the empire's easternmost provinces to the army. He wanted revenge against the wizards for not helping the empire, but there were too many powerful nobles that were members. The emperor brokered a deal with the wizards of the tower. The wizards would help repair the damage done by the war. These terms the wizards of the tower accepted.

Over time the Empire of Ergoth became less powerful as other new nations rose in power. New wizards coming from the citizens of the empire also dwindled.

Age of Might

In the Age of Might, the ties between the wizards of the tower and the empire were forgotten. The tower itself was almost empty and was considered the least of the five Towers of High Sorcery. There were the beginnings of discussions in the Conclave to have a new tower made somewhere else in Ansalon and dismantle the one in Daltigoth.

In 35 PC, Beldinas Pilofiro lifted the obscuring spells on the Tower of High Sorcery at Losarcum. Beldinas wanted the Black Robes of the tower to leave Losarcum. The White Robe Marwort brokered a deal. The deal made a Red Robe the Master of the Tower of Losarcum and a Black Robe the Master of the Tower of Daltigoth. This arrangement prevented a confrontation from happening between Istar and the Wizards of High Sorcery.

In 19 PC, the Battle of Daltigoth occurred during the Lost Battles. Lord Praetor of the Imperial Armies Serl Kar-Thorn used a magical pine nut to break through the Kadothan Grove and invade the Tower of High Sorcery. Iriale the Master of the Tower of Daltigoth gathered more than thirty mages to the tower's Heartchamber and together they released magical energy to destroy the tower and a quarter of Daltigoth killing many.

The Magic released during the explosion mutated nearby Creatures. The ruins became haunted by various forms of Undead included a new kind referred to as Shard Wights. Also, warped air and earth elementals were created during the explosion that continued to live in the ruins.

Age of Despair

During the Cataclysm, the city was partially flooded. This caused parts of the ruins to become submerged and eventually home to twisted aquatic life.

Age of Mortals

After the theft of Krynn during the Chaos War, the Heartchamber of the ruined Tower of High Sorcery mysteriously reformed and it became an active portal to Bastion.

Sections of the Tower

Halls of Shifting Shadows
Heartroom (Daltigoth)
Kadothan Grove

Kender Tales

The Ergoth Trilogy described the tower as being white (never red) and that it took longer than the raising spell to complete. The tower was described as tall spire that was made of alabaster white stone. It was wider at its base and narrowed the higher it went. Small cupolas were described as coming out of its sides at regular intervals.

In the novel Dalamar the Dark, the Tower of Daltigoth was described as once a home for Black Robes. While this was true in the last years of the tower, but for most of its history it was ran by Red Robes. The ruins of the tower in the Age of Despair were described as greatly intact and more importantly were not described as being in a city full of ogres.

Another source said that the tower was destroyed by a spell cast by mages of all orders gathered in the Tower of High Sorcery at Palanthas. This is untrue.

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