Gallowspire is the former fortress-headquarters of the Whispering Tyrant, but is better known today as the prison wherein the powerful lich lies imprisoned after his defeat in 3827 AR at the end of the Shining Crusade. It is located in Ustalavic county of Virlych, at the center of the destroyed city of Adorak, and consists of a single tower of jagged black stone and torn iron, with an extensive dungeon complex below. Today, Gallowspire also acts as a headquarters for the Whispering Way.
The tower is constructed of dark basalt and iron, towering over 400 feet above the earth. Its outer walls are festooned with spikes, hanging chains, giving the tower an appropriately grim appearance. Tar-Baphon himself is sealed in an underground chamber beneath the gothic tower, sealed off with a powerful ward known as the Great Seal that no mortal magic can penetrate. The above ground chambers of the citadel are still accessible (although still incredibly dangerous due to the presence of lingering magic and undead). Heroic knights and summoned angels alike once stood guard within the tower, intent on watching over the tomb and preventing outsiders from interfering, but over time the intrusion of foul cultists and the unholy presence of the Whispering Tyrant, even in dormancy, destroyed them.
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Paizo published a major article about Gallowspire in Chapter 2 of Dungeons of Golarion.
- Brandon Hodge. (2011). Shadows of Gallowspire. Shadows of Gallowspire, p. 51. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-313-2
- Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 142. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
- Jason Bulmahn. (2011). Gallowspire. Dungeons of Golarion, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-304-0
- James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 192. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
- Adam Daigle. (2011). The Whispering Way. Broken Moon, p. 67. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-310-1