The Resistance is introduced but it is not developed in the plot; the intrigue behind a group of commoners innately resilient to magic, who mount a Resistance against the government, is a seed planted for another book, another story.
Arish (or el-Arish) is a town in north eastern Egypt, in the Sinai peninsula, on the Mediterranean Sea. The city grew around a Bedouin settlement near the ancient Egyptian Ptolemaic Dynasty outpost of Rhinocolura. According to Bartomaeus, Al-Arish was the site of an ancient battle between Assyrian and Egyptians.
The tower's primary function was a fortress, a royal palace, and a prison (particularly for high status and royal prisoners, such as the future Queen Elizabeth I. This last use has led to the phrase "sent to the Tower" (meaning "imprisoned"). It has also served as a place of execution and torture, an armoury, a treasury, a zoo, the Royal Mint, a public records office, an observatory, and since 1303, the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
The origins of the conflict and goals of the participants were complex and no single cause can accurately be described as the main reason for the fighting. A major impact of the Thirty Years' War was the extensive destruction of entire regions, denuded by the foraging armies. Episodes of famine and disease significantly decreased the populace of the German states, Bohemia, the Low Countries and Italy, while bankrupting most of the combatant powers. Some of the quarrels that provoked the war went unresolved for a much longer time. The Thirty Years' War was ended with the treaties of Osnabrück and Münster, part of the wider Peace of Westphalia.