Dragonlance - Age of Might
Tower of High Sorcery - Istar
Tower of High Sorcery at Istar
The Tower of High Sorcery at Istar is one of the Towers of High Sorcery on Ansalon. It is located in the city of Istar and is the tallest building in the city at 500 feet tall until the Great Temple was built. It is made of white crystal that would catch the sunlight and make rainbows from the light. On the top of the tower is a black marble dome surround by five red torrents that bent slightly inward. Istarans call the tower Pulmo spo-ponires or the Bloody-Fingered Hand. This name sprang from a description of the tower in Trella’s Ode to the Lordcity poem.
On certain nights of the month the torrents on the tower appear to be holding the moon Solinari. Magic runs strong on these nights and the torrents glow and shadows dance across the tower’s walls. The Balakan Grove guards the tower. Past the grove is an inner courtyard and an alabaster wall with silver gates.
Inside the tower there is a large central stairway. The white opal Globe of Solinari was hung in the shaft of the stairway. The private quarters and studies of the mages were on the eastern side of the tower, while the workrooms and archives were on the west side. In the landings between floors were welcoming statues of the past masters of the tower.
The Statuary looks like an outdoor garden on the seventeenth floor in the Tower of High Sorcery at Istar. There are statues of past Masters of the Tower of Istar surrounding three statues of the Gods of Magic.
Chamber of Eyes
The Chamber of Eyes is on the top of the Tower of High Sorcery at Istar at the twenty sixth floor. The room was fifty feet across. The dome ceiling of the room is decorated with a night sky with diamonds as stars. The stars positions are the same as they were the night the tower was raised. The chamber is the most renowned scrying place on the continent. A large silver bowl filled with clear water sits on the floor in the center of the room to be used when scrying.
The Heartchamber (or Heartroom) is a room in the Tower of High Sorcery at Istar. It is located underground and beneath the tower. This is where the Magic of the tower is strongest. The tiles covering the walls are inscribed with words of magic. The room’s most important feature is a small replica of the tower in its center.
Balakan Grove (Memory Loss)
The Balakan Grove is the protective grove that once surrounded the Tower of High Sorcery at Istar. Balakan means “memory” in the Magius Language. Balakan Grove consists of gnarled Olive Trees which hang heavy with green and black fruit that never falls. Those who enter Balakan Grove feel a strong compulsion to leave the paths and walk among the treesonly to be lost in the forest. Those who thwart the call to walk among the trees are faced with memory loss. These people forget why they had come, where they were going, some even forgot their names. To those who eat the fruit of the olive trees the worst fate of all befall, as they are cursed to loose their memory forever.