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The Old Watchtower is a location in the outskirts Outglut on Alternia, that serves as the hideout and makeshift hive of the MSPA Reader in their incarnation as the protagonist of Hiveswap Friendship Simulator.

First introduced in Hiveswap Friendsim: Volume Eight, wherein they take Tyzias Entykk to visit it, the dilapidated structure is the place where the protagonist returns "on days where [they] can't find a friend, or don't want to impose on any of the ones that [they've] made," where it serves as "a good place to staunch bleeding and stargaze".

Despite being in a state of disrepair, the tower is apparently an old imperial surveillance watchtower, dating from a time when the Condesce used such structures to surveil the Alternian population.

Description[edit | edit source]

The watchtower's interior

The watchtower is located on the outskirts of Outglut, where the buildings are spread thinner. The land rears upwards into a sharp rocky cliff, to which the watchtower structure is bolted, held in place by attachments that resemble insect legs.

Due to disuse, the structure has fallen into a state of severe disrepair. It is described as essentially being composed of dilapidated scaffolding connected by rusted metal ladders, supporting a partially covered platform, which serves as the interior space.

Despite serving as the MSPA Reader's hideout and makeshift hive, they have made few additions or changes to the interior of the watchtower, besides to store a few gathered keepsakes on an old wooden table. Aside from this, the space is largely filled with disused old Alternian equipment left over from the tower's days as an active watchtower. These include some old technology arrays, with interface panels and screens, although the MSPA Reader is unable to operate these or even cause them to power up, presumably due to disrepair. A rusted weapon is mounted in one corner, which was presumably originally used to keep the populus below in check.

One particular aparatus mounted a balcony on the exterior of the watchtower contained a large lens that was originally part of some sort of observation equipment. In Hiveswap Friendsim: Volume 15, Charun Krojib removes this lens for use in an art project.

Significance and speculation[edit | edit source]

The old watchtower is one of few examples of the planetside infrastructure of the Alternian Empire. Although now defunct, the former role of the tower demonstrates the degree to which the Condesce and her government keep her population under a rigid surveilance and control.

If the watchtower was a military installation, then it may have originally been manned by adult trolls. This - alongside the fact that the tower is specifically stated to be the work of the Condesce, rather than the current child heiress of Friendsim's era - could mean that the watchtower dates from before Summoner's rebellion, when adult troll populations still lived on Alternia. In fact, the expulsion of adults from Alternia may have been the reason for the tower's abandonment, due to either those tasked with staffing it leaving, and/or what authorities remained deciding that it was not necessary to so closely surveil the new population of minors.

Hiveswap Friendship Simulator
The Player Mspa icon.png MSPA Reader
Befriendable Trolls
Volume One Scormini.svg Ardata CarmiaArrius.svg Diemen Xicali
Volume Two Sagira.svg Amisia ErdehnGemrius.svg Cirava Hermod
Volume Three Taurist.svg Skylla KorigaVirus.svg Bronya Ursama
Volume Four Liga.svg Tagora GorjekTaurza.svg Vikare Ratite
Volume Five Leus.svg Polypa GoezeeSagimino.svg Zebruh Codakk
Volume Six Scornius.svg ElwurdGemnius.svg Kuprum and Gemittarius.svg Folykl
Volume Seven Scorgo.svg Remele NamaaqLepia.svg Konyyl Okimaw
Volume Eight Licer.svg Tyzias EntykkTaurra.svg Chixie Roixmr
Volume Nine Gemra.svg Azdaja KnelaxCaprinius.svg Chahut Maenad
Volume Ten Gempio.svg Zebede TongvaLibittarius.svg Tegiri Kalbur
Volume Eleven Scorist.svg Mallek AdalovViriborn.svg Lynera Skalbi
Volume Twelve Sagicer.svg Galekh XigisiLiblo.svg Tirona Kasund
Volume Thirteen Lelo.svg Boldir LamatiLicen.svg Stelsa Sezyat
Volume Fourteen Arittarius.svg Marsti HoutekCaprira.svg Karako Pierot
Volume Fifteen Leiborn.svg Charun KrojibVirmino.svg Wanshi Adyata
Volume Sixteen Aro.svg Fozzer VelyesCaprist.svg Marvus Xoloto
Volume Seventeen Virnius.svg Daraya JonjetSagicorn.svg Nihkee Moolah
Volume Eighteen Virsci.svg Lanque BombyxCapriun.svg Barzum and Caprimini.svg Baizli
Supporting Characters Doc ScratchLusiiMother Grub
Locations AlterniaOutglutArdata's hiveBrooding cavernsOld WatchtowerClown ChurchDoc Scratch's Tower
Related Concepts HiveswapPesterquestTrollTroll CallFriendsim Music
Volumes Volume OneVolume TwoVolume ThreeVolume Four
Volume FiveVolume SixVolume SevenVolume Eight
Volume NineVolume TenVolume ElevenVolume Twelve
Volume ThirteenVolume FourteenVolume Fifteen
Volume SixteenVolume SeventeenVolume Eighteen
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