Tiry’s Tower

Tiry’s Tower (tih-RISE tao-ER)

Tiry’s Tower is the tallest building in Eden, the first functional space elevator in the Clarkwoods Literary Universe, and one of the Seven Wonders of the Post-Apocalyptic World. Located at the geographical center of the Reekian megalopolis, it is visible from every corner of the Edenian supercontinent—thanks, of course, to the fact that Eden is a flat-world planetoid and there is no curvature for the tower to hide behind. And so, even for those cultures who don’t believe the building is what it is, Tiry’s Tower is as useful a wayfinding point during the day as the so-called North “Star” is at night.

Purpose / Function

The primary purpose of the tower and the tethered cable it surrounds is to transport people and cargo from the surface of Eden to the Pu Dijk space station above. It’s secondary use is as a commercial, residential, and hospitality hub for the Reekian Megalopolis. And with 324 floors of space inside its walls, it truly does have something for everyone.


On the planet of Thün Büldar, before The Calamity which brought the six-hundred and sixty-fifth iteration of reality to an end, architect Tiry Nergard dreamed of building a space elevator.


It was not, strictly speaking, necessary. The dwarves had mastered techniques for non-rocket spacelaunches ages before. And yet, Nergard was so enamored with the idea of building a structure that could touch the heavens that he couldn’t stop thinking about it.


Even after the world ended.


Finding himself a refugee in the purgatorial paradise of Eden, and soon realizing that this was a flat world instead of a spherical one, he joined with the best and brightest minds of The Reek—scientists from a dozen different species, some of whom had never made contact with one another prior to The Calamity—and together they came up with a design that would work.


It took nearly sixty years to finish, but they made it happen.


The end result, when combined with the completion of the Pu Dijk space station some seven years later, democratized access to the Five Moons and was such a stunning sight that Lüe the Mapmaker included it on her list of Seven Wonders of the Postapocalyptic World.


Even the Wonderlanders, who call it The Liar’s Ladder, appreciate the beauty of the blasphemous building—though they very much prefer their magical Beanstalk, of course.

Founding Date
69 CE
Alternative Names
The Liar’s Ladder
Orbital, Space elevator
Parent Location
Related Professions
Owning Organization
5,434 feet
Architectural Style
Büldarian Neoclassicism
Tiry Nergard


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Jul 10, 2023 13:42 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Space elevatooooor!!   I love the Wonderlanders call it the Liar's Ladder, that's great. XD

Jul 10, 2023 16:54 by E. Christopher Clark

Thanks! Yeah, I'm leaning into the idea that I can have things like this around, even in my fairy tale mashup graphic novel thingie that I'm making, so long as there's a superstitious explanation.

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Jul 11, 2023 10:31 by Chris L

Love the little touches of sci fi! Makes sense that if reality has restarted so often, that some advanced tech would make it through. I also love the Liar's Ladder name!

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Jul 11, 2023 10:45 by E. Christopher Clark

Thank you! Yeah, it's fun to keep playing with the bigger idea of the universe, even as I focus in one area for the next project.   P.S. Thanks for reading all this stuff! I've got a bunch of yours in my Reading List, along with stuff from Serukis and Stormbril and the list goes on. Work just decided to be extra-stupid that last couple of days.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Aug 19, 2023 15:53 by Dani

aaaaaa it's a space elevator! XD What a perfect world to stick one of these on, particularly when you don't have to worry about curvature. I love that it's not even necessary, it's just a frivolous add with "we did it because we CAN this time". Do you already have an article that rounds up the Seven Wonders of the Postapoc World?

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