The Coldest War
The Needle, known to old-timers as the “space needle” is a single spire of steel that rises in sweeping curves from an open plain. It sits apart from the rusting skeletons of the Spires and those who lived high in its circular top considered themselves a breed apart as well. The Refined they called themselves. They claimed that they maintained the last spark of true beauty, true art, in the entire city. It was said by the few they have permitted to ascend that they may well have been right. The Needle held artworks plundered from old museums, scavenged from ruined homes and elsewhere.
The Refined were powerful arcanists, but after attacking and nearly destroying the Academics with blasphemous sorcery, an alliance of Monk’s Gang and the various factions of Mt Safeco launched a concerted attack. When it was over, the Needle was engulfed in flames. Now it is a charred, burned out spire.