Wednesday, 8 February 2023

Towers of Bologna, Italy.....Proof wizards are real

12th/13th century Bologna, Italy was full of wizard towers. Lots didn't last and there are many images of them toppling and leaning on each other. Seems like a perfect gaming wizard city. I did enjoy the Glantri setting book for basic d&d and would easily transplant it here or use it next door for that other wizard city. Frankly, if you apply ancient astronaut theory logic this city clearly proves wizards are real. Great historically inspiring snippet and proof of wizards secretly in control of everything obviously.

I guess every wizard at 10th Lv will nab a 10 000gp beginners tower then work on more impossible fabulous multi-planar towers at ten stories. One prob I had with a recent wizard tower book was the towers only had a few stories and seemed more like wizard townhouses which are less exciting and less powerful.

"Between the 12th and the 13th century, Bologna was a city full of towers. Almost all the towers were tall (the highest being 97m), defensive stone towers. Besides the towers, there are still some fortified gateways (torresotti) that correspond to the gates of the 12th-century city wall (Mura dei torresotti or Cerchia dei Mille), which itself has been almost completely destroyed. The reasons for the construction of so many towers are not clear. One hypothesis is that the richest families used them for offensive/defensive purposes during the period of the Investiture Controversy."

"Fewer than twenty towers can still be seen in today's Bologna. Among the remaining ones are the Azzoguidi Tower, also called Altabella (with a height of 61 m), the Prendiparte Tower, called Coronata (60 m), the Scappi Tower (39 m), Uguzzoni Tower (32 m), Guidozagni Tower, Galluzzi Tower, and the famous Two Towers: the Asinelli Tower (97 m) and the Garisenda Tower (48 m)."

Many were repurposed from the military (wizards) and turned into storage or residence or prisons.

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