Lost World Adventures
The Asshurian Observation Towers (or comm tower as it was more commonly known) were part of an essential network of outposts that extended across every one of the free kingdoms of Newerth. The towers were crowned by a mechanical assembly called a crystallyte. The crystallyte was composed of a massive ultima crystal contained within a huge bdellium gyroscope. When the gyroscope was activated, it created a field around the crystal which collimated a beam of light that carried a signal transmitted through the crystal over great distances. Signals of varying content, often containing both sound and imagery were transmitted by light beams from tower to tower. The exact range of the tower depended on the nature of the terrain surrounding it, but light signals were always more clearly received at night. The beams that arced through the wild lands of the Lost World were visible and shimmered with a faintly bluish light, guiding adventurers and explorers to safety. The field produced by the crystallyte had a disorienting effect on all animal life and so the outpost towers were a solace for travelling merchants, dignitaries and citizens on official business.