Sackcloth & Ashes
The Etemenanki is a massive tower hewn into the rock of the cliffs of The Bernhardt Mountains to the south of the city of Tanakh. There are many competing myths that surround the creation of the tower, but there few clear answers about its true nature and what purpose it is meant to serve.
This much is clear:
- The Tower is “alive” and in a constant state of flux, changing subtly at all times.
- The Tower is magical. Its levels seem to stretch on interminably, and adventurers that have had occasion to look out upon the world from within the Etemenanki say that they believe they have traveled far further than it appeared to them relative to the world below.
- The Tower is a complex, self sustaining ecosystem of fantastic flora, fauna, and other things that defy organization.
- The Tower seems to be organized into “floors.” While the ecosystems of neighboring floors are often similar and blend seamlessly into one another, there are typically clear, well defined thresholds that lie between each floor. Occasionally, however, floors have experienced partial collapses or seen brief secondary entrances and exits form as The Tower rearranges itself.
- The Tower is dangerous. Countless have died trying to make their fortunes inside its doors. Precious few people have seen beyond the 20th level.