Ganbury remains one of the biggest cultural hubs on the planet of Tygan, its rich tradition in the preservation of history making it one of the favorite cities for not only scholars, but battle hardened warriors. Its greatest landmark is the Tower of Every war.
Ganbury is built in a circle around the tower, and enclosed by a high stone wall studded by guard towers every fifty paces. There are gates in the wall for each of the roads leading into Ganbury, and two great locks to funnel the river through it and allow ships to pass from Lake Druyan to the ocean and back. The upper lock is built in the center of the waterfall down from the lake. How it came to be this way is a fascinating epic.
The early days of the riverside crossroads town are not so much shrouded in mystery as buried under several hundred layers of dust. Scholars know little of the town’s origins; it was a center of trade in the beginning much as it is today, though early Ganbury was best known for its potters. The few clay vases left from this early period are large but comparatively lightweight, engraved with complex floral patterns and shaped to near-perfect symmetry. Some historians take this as a sign of early Ganbury’s sophisticated craftsmen; though it is likely more mundane examples of pottery did not survive sitting unattended for seven to eight thousand years. Records do show that this was the town’s primary source of income during these first few centuries, and many examples of this pottery passed between generations, still in use in private homes. It was through this that the phrase ‘like a Ganbury potter’ was birthed to compliment someone’s skill in their craft.
The first major event in Ganbury’s history occurred when the small town became the sight of the final battle during The First Great War of Tygan, where a group of soldiers rebelled against the forced labor of humans and dwarves by the then elven hierarchs. This town was home to a brave woman known as Tarmell Foster, who unexpectedly became the leader of the rebellion and is still revered today for her courage and skill. She rose to lead the uprising against their elven masters, and was unmatched in her ability to lead effectively, often with very limited resources and manpower.
Because of its strategic location around what was then the only bridge over the Druyan River, as well as a crossroads connecting Haiden’s rich mines to its agricultural heartlands, Ganbury was perhaps always doomed to see a major battle.
The final battle of the war saw both armies clash along the river crossings. Several accounts survive in diaries of those who lived it. They speak of things that are otherwise unspeakable, so much blood spilled that the Druyan River was streaked with crimson even at its delta along Haiden’s southwestern coast- hundreds of miles from Ganbury.
The ensuing battle leveled the town to the ground. Foster’s side won the battle, and earned the freedom of humans and dwarves all over Haiden. Nonetheless, lives that paid for it were many, and among them was Foster herself. Her final wish was that her sword be left where it lay, embedded in the ground of that muddy, bloody pile of ruins.
In the post conflict tattered landscape, Ganbury had little chance to recover. The famine and plague that followed the war left the city abandoned for centuries, buried beneath the dust and dirt.
Eight centuries later, it was found by a group of wandering merchants looking for a place to settle. On seeing Foster’s sword gleaming from its place atop a small hillock in the center of the ruins, the merchants agreed this was a sign from the gods. The merchants resurrected Ganbury with the blade as its focal point.
It was around this time that small town based governments were established, resulting in the democratic elections of town lords of noble blooded heritage. With the dawn of this age, Lord Driad Elaxan, a man whose bloodline ran all the way back to that battle in the First Great War of Tygan, was elected as Ganbury’s first lord. Seeing an opportunity in the town’s rich history, Elaxan took an interest in the blade that re-birthed the town. Once it was conclusively identified as Foster’s by historians, Elaxan had a vision, and put forth the idea that the site of the sword was the perfect place to construct a memorial honoring all those who had fallen in battle, not just on Haiden, but on every side of every war.
A massive worldwide search for these artifacts began. Many of them were purchased from museums and private collections. Boats sailing into Haiden were often searched, with the permission of the crew, for artifacts that could become a part of this grand memorial. Ships that brought in artifacts were often given extra supplies as well as additional wealth for their trade. Word of this spread amongst sailors fast, causing them to bring in even more artifacts. The blades, bows, armor and banners of every nation and every struggle they could find poured into Ganbury, and were placed upon an ever growing wall built around Foster’s blade. Those veterans who were still alive asked to place the relics they brought by hand, beginning one of the memorial’s most famous traditions.
Dubbed the Tower of Every War, it grew into the greatest war memorial in Tygan within a matter of years, and the town flourished and swelled just as quickly. Many historians take note that this collaborative effort to pay tribute to the courage of not just one, but all cultures and creeds, quickly instilled a sense of life into the once modest Ganbury.
The town quickly became popular with retiring soldiers, who often settle in the town to raise their families. Each new group of veterans brought not only their experiences in war, but their experiences of the world outside of Haiden, and Ganbury became richly diverse in both culture and race. Civilians and soldiers alike helped develop a culture of appreciation for history and reverence for soldiers; any given tavern in Ganbury is as likely to host a discussion of the geopolitical consequences of an ancient battle on another continent as idle chatter about the weather.
The Tower of Every War is a distinctive hollow cone with a walkway running up the inside and all of the collected artifacts decorating its outer shell. Foster’s sword rests on a slightly raised altar in the center of the cone; a steeple atop the tower keeps out light, except for one day each year on the anniversary of Foster’s last battle, when the rays of the afternoon sun reach down and strike the tip of the blade alight as they did seven millennia ago.
Glaive and Celice made their own contribution to the monument after dealing with the Lich Uprising: the battered shield of Celice’s fallen commander. Surviving the war together, Celice and Glaive jointly placed the shield upon the tower’s walls, and wed soon after. They try to return to the town on their anniversary each year, to remember the shield and all they went through to find each other. Ganbury is for Celice and Glaive what it is for much of Tygan—proof that even the events which once tore people apart can one day bring them together.