The Legend of the Tower of Love

There are tales of a lost, ancient city called Duvan’Ku, ruled by the kindly King Porgotna. He had a beautiful daughter, Princess Turuvna, but she labored under a curse — when she was of marrying age, each of her suitors committed a terrible crime, causing great scandal among the royal family. Her last suitor was a general in the army, but after winning her hand, he led a massacre against innocent peasants. The King, upset that his daughter was continually hurt by these constant betrayals, put his daughter into a magical sleep so her misery would no longer trouble her. He declared that only a man of worthy heart could break the spell and claim his daughter’s hand. He sent his daughter’s torpid form to a distant outpost, to rest at the top of a tower. He sent two guardsmen to ensure that no harm came to her, and charged his court wizards with fashioning a key that would only work for a man worthy of his daughter’s love. The man claiming his daughter’s hand in marriage would inherit the kingdom and all its treasures. He then hid the key, only to be found by someone of true courage.

Meanwhile, the evil general sought the Princess, but his hate turned him to a wicked creature sustained by his hate. He apparently learned of the tower’s location, but was unable to enter, and now serves as a perverse guardian. The King was so overcome with guilt regarding his daughter’s suffering and his own spell that he died and the kingdom of Duvan’Ku was lost to the mists of history. The more recent annotations also indicate the location of the tower, to the west of the Azagirn.

The Legend of the Tower of Love

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