Palast, 21st day of Gildember, 432 AC
Fourth Watch rising 19
Homeland Tax Sparks Renewed Effort in Tower
by Gerrin, Staff Writer
Palanthas - The new Homeland Tax has sparked a renewed effort in the reconstruction of the High Clerist's Tower. Recently many citizens have wondered how the city of Palanthas and the Knights of Solmania were going to pay for the project. This new tax has enabled the project to be funded well into the coming years.
"We weren't sure if we could continue here much longer," Project Chief Engineer Ston Whitegranite said. "We were really pretty sure at the end of the month we would be packing up and heading back home. It seems that the city has decided that this defense is important enough to increase the funding."
The High Clerist's Tower has been a bustle of activity over the last several weeks as work crews have struggled to rebuild ruined or collapsed parts along the Knight's Spur. Damages on this part of the complex were the results of the Chaos War and the Dragon Overlord's occupation. A few areas are still considered unsafe but for the most part the tower seems to be at least partially operational.
With the rebuilding continuing, the Knights of Solmania have returned to the tower and begun to man the walls again. The Knights have cleaned out the tombs of the High Clerist's Tower and have evicted a clan of Aghar from the tower. Even though the Knights still numbers less then 100 their presence has been a welcome sight to travelers traveling in the area.
"I can't tell you how nice it is to camp here and feel safe," traveler Tol Sachar said. "I travel through here nearly every year to visit family in Palanthas. Most years I have hustled through not bothering to stop and hoping I could put a few hours behind me before I camped. Today though I stopped early and chatted with the Knights and engineers."
The work at the High Clerist's Tower is far from complete but with each passing day the work seems a little closer to finish. Even though there has been no official announcement on when the High Clerist's Tower will be fully operational, many are optimistic that in a few months it will be completely restored. The High Clerist's Tower has seen a recent flourish of traffic in the area since work started and several travelers have voiced their opinions on the need of an inn here.
"All it would take is one enterprising fellow to build an inn," Whitegranite said. "There were inns around here in the past but most closed when the tower fell on hard times. I know several of my men could use a relaxing evening around an inn fire."