Location The Dusk 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.

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The Dusk Tower

Postby Kelpie on October 10th, 2010, 8:53 am


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The Dusk Tower is thought to be the most pastoral of all three Towers; it embraces Lhavit's penchant for gardens, both inside and outside the building proper. When approaching the building, one is immediate drawn in by the neatly manicured lawn and the stunning architecture, marble and skyglass working in perfect harmony. The exterior is warm and rich, reflecting the hues of the setting sun as it fades into the night sky.

The main entrance is framed by large wooden double doors, adorned by doorknobs carved into two unblinking eyes. Upon entering, the visitor would immediately be greeted by a long hallway opening out into an open garden on the right, with a doorway at the end leading to the exclusive inner-sanctum. To the left of the entrance are stairs that lead to a second level, which houses a desk made of a marble in a small room. This desk is attended by a secretary, the esteemed Mr. Mirihar, who is usually busy with the comings and goings of various people on any given day.

Past this small room, through an arched doorway, is a winding staircase that branches off to the handful of classrooms; classrooms are generally small, with large windows that are always open unless the weather demands otherwise. There are a few desks and chairs for students, and a larger table for the instructor. A bookcase sits at the back of each room with tomes containing any relevant or useful knowledge relating to the subject being taught, whether directly or indirectly, and potted plants fill the corners of each classroom.

Along the grounds, open pavilions house reflecting pools, where wild roses and ivy tend to climb the walls, much to the dismay of the gardener. Students often tend to practice here, where so much life is to be had, though the actual instructors always seem hover nearby. Indeed, this Tower is the busiest as well as the wealthiest by far, evidenced by the level of activity it sees each and every day.

The Dusk Tower specializes in the use of Auristics, and dabbles in Spiritism as well; it is these two magics that are taught at the Tower, should one manage to be accepted as a student.

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Alexander Mirihar
ImageName: Alexander Mirihar
Race: Human
Birthdate: 479 AV
Birthplace: Lhavit
Occupation: Secretary at the Dusk Tower
Skills: Negotation - 55, Organization - 72, Persuasion - 55, Planning - 71, Politics - 10, Writing - 64
Languages: Common (Fluent)

Alexander Mirihar is the indefatigable and unflappable secretary of the Dusk Tower; its gatekeeper and guardian both. The Mirihar family seems to have been drawn to bureaucracy and organization for almost as long as Lhavit has glittered as a crystal crown on its granite peaks, serving with quiet, understated efficiency in the various bureaucratic positions that opened up with increasing complexity and civility. Indeed, his mother was the clerk of the Towers Council, perhaps the highest office a bureaucrat could hope to aspire to in Lhavit in the time before the Day of Discord.

As such, Alexander grew up surrounded by all the trappings of politics and bureaucracy, cut his teeth on piles of calligraphy brushes and was rocked to sleep in a cradle of documents, surrounded by the smell of old paper and wealth.

Intelligence and a politely formal demeanour - cutting something of a dash in immaculately-tailored attire, his characteristic monocle glimmering at his left eye - reflected well on him at Alluvion and at higher echelons, too, along with his connections through his mother. However, whilst he had inherited all her flair for organization, for forward planning, and contingency containment, while had the ability to see any event through to a glittering finish and to keep a stately organization on an even keel through paperwork and good leadership, his stance on politics was one more of apathy; it held no fire, no interest for him. He was content to exist as a functionary, a facilitator, rather than to accrue personal power through that bureaucracy.

Perhaps that was for the best, in any event; the Day of Discord swept through the city like a cleansing tide and consigned the formerly-powerful, important Towers Council to the dusty pages of history. Anchorite Hayani lost most of her power as Zintila withdrew a gnosis mark from her and left her a mere priestess once again, and much of the bureaucratic structure was torn down and rearranged into a newer, simpler form, cutting out entire departments that had been living off the fat of Lhavit’s taxes. His mother lost her position and the power she’d worked so hard to accrue, but on account of her age, she’d been allowed to retire with a comfortable stipend and gently fade into the background of the city.

As for Alexander…he took up a post at the Dusk Tower, as one of a legion of assistants helping to organize the flow of money and material as the Tower and its disgraced House made restitution to Lhavit, and stayed on after the debt had been repaid – at House Dusk’s urging - in a series of increasingly-senior posts, eventually rising to become the public face, so to speak, of the Tower, having earned the trust of the Dusk House through his own self-effacing brand of loyalty and discretion.
 
Chiona Dusk
ImageName: Chiona Dusk
Race: Human
Birthdate: 488 AV
Birthplace: Lhavit
Occupation: Teacher at the Dusk Tower
Skills: Auristics - 72, Leadership - 80, Organization - 22, Politics - 84, Spiritism - 35, Unarmed Combat - 30, Weapon (Dao Sword) - 52
Languages: Common (Fluent)

Chiona is Ald'gare's eldest child and the Tower's finest instructor. Gifted with an off-beat sense of humor and a very strict work ethic, Chiona is credited as one of Lhavit's renowned magical instructors. She is choosy about her students for criteria unknown, but rumor has it that prospective candidates are put through a screening process, unbeknownst to them. Auristics can be dangerous in the hands of a true villain; only someone truly devoid of foul intent might be allowed to learn the art form. While teaching she seems intent yet relaxed. Her prowess affords a more casual approach then the other, highly formal disciplines.

Chiona is surprisingly youthful in appearance, as is said of the entire Dusk family. Her dark hair and tawny eyes are incredibly sought after. However, she is of yet, unmarried. Despite that, it is rumored that she keeps company with Lheili Dawn, and that the two are in a highly secretive intimate relationship.

 
Aldgare Dusk
ImageName: Ald'gare Dusk
Race: Human
Birthdate: 461 AV
Birthplace: Lhavit
Occupation: Head of the Dusk Tower
Gnosis: 2 marks of Akajia (Nightstalking level 2)
Skills: Auristics - 95, Familiary - 74, Leadership - 91, Persuasion - 30, Politics - 81, Rhetoric - 76, Spiritism - 40, Weapon (Polearm) - 55
Languages: Common (Fluent)

The esteemed head of the Tower, Ald'gare Dusk is renowned throughout the city as being the most shrewd tactician of all the Towers. He often plays mediator between the Dawn and Twilight Houses, working to keep the peace through carefully placed agreements and secret exchanges. While the man is known in the city as an enigma, to his daughter Chiona, he is a loving and wise old man with an overwhelming desire to learn.

Ald'gare is the keeper of secrets, a devout of Akajia, and keeps a familiar - a cheerful Sarawanki by the name of Popa. The Sarawanki is most often in its crystalline liquid form, floating over or resting on Ald'gare's shoulder; when necessary, Popa takes on its sealed form of an intricate and delicate glass vial. Pops is constantly talking, and has no qualms with speaking to anyone who listens even remotely.

 
Prices
Tuition

Novice class: 25 kina/season
Competent class: 50 kina/season
Expert class: 75 kina/season
Master class: 100 kina/season

Classes on either auristics or spiritism are offered at the Dusk Tower, usually taught by Chiona, but also by other instructors as well. Classes may involve lectures covering the theory, history, benefits, and dangers of a particular magic, as well as hands-on practice.

Tuition cost is per subject and stacks; students are expected to pay the per season fees for each subject they wish to attend classes on. Tuition fees must be paid at the start of the season, before classes begin. Should one increase their skill level in a subject mid-season, they will immediately be moved up to the next class level, and expected to pay the difference.

 
OOC Info
Becoming a student at the Dusk Tower is not merely a simple matter of registering; those allowed to study at the Dusk Tower are carefully and exclusively chosen. One most have connections of some sort or another to either a member of the Dusk family, the Constellations, or the Shinya; even then, acceptance is not guaranteed. The only time a student can be guaranteed acceptance without a shadow of a doubt is if they provide a recommendation letter from Aysel, Talora, one of the Saya, or Zintila herself.

Characters who lived in Lhavit pre-creation and established one of the necessary connections mentioned above in their history may start as a student at the Dusk Tower after speaking with a ST.

Characters new to Lhavit may work towards the necessary connections in-game; contact your ST if you have any questions regarding this.


This location is free to self-moderate as long as you are a student at the Tower.
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