Location The Twilight Tower

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The Diamond of Kalea is located on Kalea's extreme west coast and called as such because its completely made of a crystalline substance called Skyglass. Home of the Alvina of the Stars, cultural mecca of knowledge seekers, and rife with Ethaefal, this remote city shimmers with its own unique light.

The Twilight Tower

Postby Kelpie on October 10th, 2010, 8:35 am

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Perched on the Sartu Peak in a very prominent location on the shores of a small stone lake is the famous dual spired tower of The Twilight House. Often partially shrouded in mist from the heated lake, The Twilight Tower often gives off an aire of mystery without truly meaning to. Being one of the three founding families of Lhavit, the Twilight House was said to be responsible for locating Lhavit's relative safe perch via their substantial morphing skills. Since the city has thrived and swelled in its population, the Twilight Tower has opened it's doors to the public, with a large section of the estate sectioned off just for visitors. Though one whole tower is reserved only for the family use - the west tower overlooking the sea - the east tower has been completely opened up for student use with the top being reserved for a pair of Eth which head the educational facility. The tower itself is made up of the same material as everything else surrounding Lhavit, but do to it's location on Sartu peak in the north, the color of the outer walls become a lovely shade of navy blue blended with orange and gold.

Behind the two great spires lies a series of skyglass halls all roofed in translucent materials. These halls are the practice areas of the mages of The Twilight Towers. They also compose lecture halls and laboratories dedicated to a number of necessary functions within the tower. Pillars are prominent throughout the structure, as are friezes depicting Leth and Syna together. The front double doors used as the entrance to the tower are grand and made of dark wood, with a door knob in the shape of a crescent. Upon entering, a long hallway is the first thing a visitor would encounter. Further in, a second hallway tapers off into the residence of the Twilight family, and is notable by the vibrant translucent citrine stone which has been inlaid on the walls. The blue hallways leads into the receptionist area, where Frost's desk lies. Frost, the receptionist and security of the Tower, will be glad to answer questions or enroll someone in whatever lessons they require. A stair is located on the far right, leading into various rooms that house a set of materials for the proper instruction in the magics the tower offers.

The residence of the Twilight family is forbidden for visitors to enter and it's doors are usually remained locked at all times. Only on special circumstances will an individual be allowed entrance and to do so they must get through Frost's vigilance. The grounds are well landscaped around the tower, and a walking path encourages visitors to visit the lake that shares the same name as the peak its perched upon. The lake offers the morphers of the Twilight Tower a steady (and warm since it is geothermally heated) place to practice their more aquatic morphing.

 
Frost
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Name: Frost
Race: Kelvic (White Lion)
DoB: 509 AV (4 yo)
PoB: Lhavit
Title: Receptionist/Security
Skills: Unarmed Combat 75, Communication 55, Organization 42, Socialization 40, Hunting 31, Singing 8.
Gnosis: Cheva 1st Mark

Frost is The Twilight Tower's first line of defense and the facility's receptionist. Enjoying the double duty, Frost likes talking to people, meeting new students and generally greeting all those who inquire about classes. It is her job to link instructors to new students, make introductions, and show new people around. She also carefully guards the entrance to the Twilight family's twin spire of the Twilight Tower.

And while she is gifted at combat, Frost is not so gifted at singing. Often as she patrols the halls, especially at night, one can hear her off key singing. No one has ever been unkind enough to mention she might need lessons because everyone can tell the big cat loves to sing.

Frost is the bondmate of Altelo Twilight, the patriarch defunct of The Twilight House and head Morphing Instructor in Lhavit.

 
Altelo Twilight
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Name: Altelo Twilight
Race: Human
DoB: 475 AV (aged 37)
PoB: Lhavit
Title: Head of the Twilight Family, Lead Morphing Instructor
Skills: Morphing 84, Cutlass 75, Leadership 62, Shielding 54
Gnosis: None

Altelo Twilight is the second son born of the Twilight House's current adult generation. His deceased older brother Weisur Twilight often overshadowed him in many ways. Having a mild more feral manner, Altelo tended to stand quietly in the shadows while Weisur ran the family businesses and oversaw The Twilight Tower's presence in Lhavit. However, that did not mean Altelo didn't soak up what his family knowledge both in terms of his ability to lead but also in his knowledge of the Twilight's interests in Lhavit. Altelo has had one of the finest educations his family could provide him. And in his own quiet way Altelo's been picking up Weisur's pieces, soothing the ruffled feathers his brother always created, and been a quiet strength behind the scenes and out of the domineering spotlight of Weisur's presence. When his brother was executed, Altelo was there to step up along with his younger brother Nosumo Twilight who is quite gifted with numbers. Their sister, Kanami Twilight, takes after their mother and spends a great deal of her time focused on farming and business.

Altelo is married to Aleine Twilight. She did not come from a prominent Lhavitian family but was instead a stranger to the city of Lhavit when she met Altelo. Weisur disapproved of the match - as he did any marriage outside of one of the three Houses - and when Aleine was heavy with Altelo's first child she mysteriously vanished from Lhavit. Altelo searches for her but with each passing year the chances of finding her alive or his child grow slimmer and slimmer.

Altelo is soft spoken and is said to enjoy poetry and sword work in equal measures. His curiosity and intelligence has lead him to become an Master in morphing and thus lead the magical teachings in the Twilight Tower. Altelo doesn't believe in taking power or respect, he feels it should be earned and sets about every day to make sure he is worthy of his position as Head of the Twilight House. Altelo is said to be compassionate and in a way encouraging towards those who are willing to work to better themselves in Lhavitian society. He's also been known to pay the tuition of a promising young person in they show talent in a magical field the Twilight's specialize in. And while he rarely argues or raises his voice, Altelo is a prominent member on Lhavit's council.


Altelo has a broody facial expression that seems to naturally fall on his rather youthful features. Considering himself having a weak chin and thin lips, Altelo is no one's ideal of handsome. However, he has his own charm with a slow smile and a soft gentle voice that guides both his family and his students on a new pathway, one that has done nothing but improved his family since the Day of Discord. Altelo has a strongly muscled body from his constant use of his cutlass and has made something of a name for himself with his sword. Watchful, protective, Altelo keeps the Twilight Family in line with a gentle guiding hand, very different from Weisur's old unrelenting fist.

Frost has saved Altelo's sanity and he is her bondmate.

 
Orath And Tasa
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Name: Orath (Syna) and Tasa (Leth)
Race: Ethaefal - Orath is Svefra (male) and Tasa is Inartan (female)
DoB: Unknown
PoB: The Western Sea
Title: Leaders of the Twilight Tower
Skills: Orath: Leadership 84, Alchemy 72, Flux 55, Lute 32, Dagger 28
Tasa: Hypnotism 81, Projection 64, Leadership 61, Painting 59, Singing 55, Dancing 34, Short Bow 25
Gnosis: Orath: Syna 2, Tasa: Leth 2

Orath and Tasa are not a common Ethaefal pair. Having practically fallen together and crawled out of the sea with the help of Western Svefra, the two have never been apart despite the obvious Ethaefal tendency to be loners. The rumors around the tower suggest that Leth and Syna both kicked them out of their realms respectively because they missed each others company to such an extent they were an emotional drag on their divine homes despite their obvious love of their deities. Seeing them back to Mizahar practically immortal guaranteed that the pair would never be apart.

Orath has a steady and practical personality. He can be reasonable and sensible under even the most trying of circumstances. His mate, a typical Inartian by day, has the matching fiery temperament and volatile personality to match. It is a well known fact that Tasa executed Weisur Twilight herself while Orath looked on not interfering. And with that single move, the Leth Eth secured the love of almost everyone living within the tower once they realized Weisur's absolute corrupt rule was over.

Orath and Tasa have an office on the top floor of the teaching spire and can be accessed day and night if they are in residence. They are often seen at Lhavitian festivals and can be counted on to show up at any official event. Tasa has been known to send gifts to births and Orath has been known to handle any and all disputes within the Twilight Towers academia in a very fair and forthright manner.

 
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The Twilight Tower teaches the practice, theory, history, benefits, and drawbacks of Alchemy, Flux, Hypnotism, Morphing, and Projection.

Classes are based on level per discipline:

L1: 25 Kina
L2: 50 Kina
L3: 75 Kina
L4: 100 Kina

For example, a student with no Alchemy experience would pay 25 Kina a season for the right to be mentored by an Alchemy Instructor and sit in on their lectures and group student gatherings. If that same student wanted to learn Flux at the same time, and they had no experience either, their cost would be 25 Kina + 25 Kina or 50 Kina a session. All payment is due BEFORE classes start.

A more experienced student, say at an L3 Morpher, wanting to take more classes to hone their skills would pay 75 Kina a season. If they picked up a second discipline, say Projection where they were an L2 already, their cost would be 75 Kina + 50 Kina for a total of 125 Kina a season.

Work study to help cut the cost of classes is available. This must be arranged via a Storyteller and requires two work study threads of significant length per season.

The Twilight Tower offers no real 'course' where students gather in classrooms. Instead, you are granted the time of an instructor who will give you reading material, assign you tasks, and see to it that you progress magically up through a discipline. Most instructors gather students several times a day in groups to practice in some of the vast Twilight Halls. They also hold lectures daily that students of all levels often attend. However, each student progresses and is judged worthy to move on based on their own merit and gift levels. Not all students can learn all disciplines.

In any given season, there might be any sorts of instructors working in The Twilight Tower. Each brings their own experiences and tastes to the table for students. So a student taking a class in fall of 512 might get a whole different flavor of instruction than a student taking a class in 511 had.

Currently the Twilight Tower has no student housing. They will, however, assist students in finding a place to live if necessary.


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