The towers of Darkover are where the laran gifted come for training and to work for a limited time or stay if they wish.  The importance of the towers was unknown to the Terrans but the work of the towers is what sustains Darkovan society. 

Towers staffed with leronis are used to send messages across Darkover quickly, a leronis circle is used to excavate metals and minerals from deep in the planetary crust, a leronis circle is used to gather clouds and cause rain in needed areas especially when there are forest fires.  Many leronis travel the land to test comyn family children and heal the injured.  

During the Age of Chaos before the Compact of Varzil the Good towers were involved in the fueds between families and created devastating laran weapons such as clingfire, bonewater dust or lungrot plague spores.  Now towers are neutral and operate for the benefit of the Darkovan people.

Towers can be staffed by many leronis of varying degrees of laran, because of this they are grouped into titles that best suite their skills and abilities.

Keepers are the head and conscience of the tower, they decide what activities the circle will perform whether it is bring rain or mapping minerals for excavation. The traditional garb of Keepers is red, it is a warning to others not to touch or distract them.  Keepers must channel and direct great flows of energons and being touched during this work even slightly can disrupt the flow harming or killing those around them and those they are mentally linked with.  Being a Keeper is a difficult task and not many can master it.

Under Keepers are Keepers in training, they wear red robes with blue trim to denote their status.

Technicians are next in line in the tower heirarchy, they maintain matrices and lattices.  To be a good technician you must be able to visualize and control matter and energy at the molecular level.  A tower can function with a Technician's circle, with a skilled Technician acting as Keeper, this is very common for minor circle work.  Technicians wear blue robes and Lead Technicians wear blue robes trimmed in red.

Mechanics are another group of leronis important to towers, they wear green robes.  A Mechanics job is to provide strength and skill to the work being done.  Mechanics usually have a particular laran or affinity for something that helps guide the circles Keeper.

Last but not least are the Monitors, these white robed leronis are the protectors of the circle. They watch and maintain the life signs of the circle, from massaging a cramp to helping blood and oxygen flow, they keep the circle health so they can stay focused on the task at hand. Taking the Monitor's oath is the first oath that tower workers take and the first skill they learn. Many with the Ridenow donas make excellent Monitors.

In the past and present there have been Towers in almost every major city of Darkover:

  • Hali
  • Aldaran
  • Neskaya
  • Comyn
  • Alba
  • Tramontana
  • Arilinn
  • Thendara
  • Dalereuth
  • Corandolis
  • Valeron
  • Carcosa

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