The Great Tower of Oldechi
- The Great Tower of Oldechi (herein referred to as “the Tower”) is older than recorded history. No mortal creatures and few immortal creatures can recall a time before the Tower stood. It is also unknown why the Tower exists, except that the great sage Oldechi decided that it was necessary.
- The Tower has a will of its own. Many of the following points are possible because of this.
- When a person enters the Tower, their old identity is almost completed wiped, and they are rewritten as a new individual at the beginning of their adventuring career (called a “Climber”). As such, the Tower is a popular last resort for wanted criminals, shamed nobles, and anybody nearing the end of their natural life.
- The Tower acknowledges that the challenges it presents are too difficult for any one Climber to overcome. When an individual enters the Tower, it is assigned to a party of Climbers. The success or failure of a Climber is directly dependent on the success or failure of the party, so the Tower also replaces any dead or missing Climbers between floors. The Tower has been known to prevent a party from progressing if they have abandoned one of their Climbers.
- Each floor on the Tower is a self-contained demiplane with a different and independent geography, weather, and bestiary. One floor may be a vast desert, followed by a floor deep underwater, then a floor in a volcano. The floors do usually progress in the same order for each party, though the Tower tends to reorient itself every time a Climber escapes.
- To progress to a higher floor, the party must perform some quest sufficient to demonstrate to the Tower that the current floor no longer holds a challenge. This quest may be the same or different for different parties.
- The gods do have some jurisdiction within the tower. They can grant powers to their worshipers as normal, but they can not intervene in the Tower’s events.
- Progressing to a higher floor increases each Climber’s level by one. Each floor’s challenges also increase appropriately, so each floor tends to have fewer Climbers than the previous floor. The higher floors of the Tower have few, if any, Climbers.
- Moving to a lower floor is not possible for the party. There are very few people who have somehow managed to visit certain other floors, but this is said to be incredibly rare and difficult.
- There are parts of the Tower that are not part of the standard thirty levels. It is difficult to enter these areas, and it is considered an emergency if a Climber leaves the normal floors, intentionally or otherwise.