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  • The Tile of the Day!

    I know a lot of us pass to our destinations without a second glance, but this gameworld has some beautiful and poetic descriptions throughout it. I figured I would try to start a daily, "Tile of the Day!" thread to encourage you to look around and, if you find something interesting, post the tile description here. For example:

    "A slave sullenly paces a treadmill. The treadmill rotates a rope around pulleys attached to the top of the colonnade to the east. A few small pails are attached to the rope and at the bottom of their journey they fill with water from a pool. The rope carries the filled buckets up to the top of a colonnade that runs to the east. At the top of the journey, the pails are upended, and the water empties into gutters that run along the top of the colonnade to irrigate the hanging vines. The containers return empty to the pool where they are refilled and lifted again. A sloping marble amphitheater sits directly to the south."

    Poor slave basically powers the entire hanging garden which consists of this entryway:

    "You are at the east end of a beautiful colonnade. Giant, stout Dalusian columns support overhead channels in which dozens of hanging flowering vines are planted. The vines seem to form a thick curtain of greenery along the colonnade. Predominant among the vines hanging here is one with elliptic leaves that harbor scores of cerulean star-shaped flowers, whose fragrant scent engages your sense of smell. Water gently trickles down the vines, keeping the plants moist no matter how harsh the day's sun. The beams supported by the columns support tall shrubs. At a distance, the bushes appear to be supported by little more than vines. A sloping marble amphitheater sits directly to the south."
    Nothing much to say.

  • #2
    Dominating the center of the triangular plaza surrounding you and towering high on either side are the wide block columns of an enormous free-standing arch, its stone surfaces shining dully in the light of the day. The large flagstones beneath the arch have been fashioned into a colorful mosaic depicting an orange circle with arrows pointing in the four cardinal directions and the four ordinal directions. The red tile rooves of several low buildings that surround the plaza and line the street to the south are pronounced from this vantage.
    Nothing much to say.

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    • #3
      The view from the top can only be described as breathtaking. To the north, south, and east the cliff drops off for hundreds of feet to the ravine below. From this vantage, you can easily spy on the movements of anything larger than a rabbit. Far to the north you can see the ravines end in a thickly forested valley. To the south you can see them wind through the rocky hills on their way to Monlon. Below, a small fort is laid out, tiny at this distance. The wind tears through your clothing, seeking to snatch you off the roof and down into the ravines below.

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      • #4

        High walls surround this cluttered and dusty dirt yard. Damaged and odd-looking merchandise are stacked in haphazard piles all over the place. You hear a dog bark from somewhere nearby. A ramshackle structure with litter all around it sits just to the west. To the southwest is a dingy wooden building which seems to be crammed between two others.

        You are facing south. You see a wide wooden gate to the north and a salvage yard and an arch to a ramshackle structure with litter all around it to the west.

        Some rat droppings is some distance ahead of you.
        Nothing much to say.

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        • #5
          You are at a small plaza of gray flagstones. In the center of the plaza a tall bronze sculpture towers above you. The miner represented here wields a pickaxe in one hand and a lump of ore in the other. He looks proudly into the air, as if to proclaim his noble labors to the sky. A bronze plaque is fixed at the base of the statue. A couple of stone benches sit at the base of the statue. At hand to the east stands a clay brick building with a grey slate roof. A building with white walls painted blue on the bottom half sits directly to the west. A short stone building with a red tile roof sits just to the west. A narrow brick building painted a deep ochre sits right to the northwest.

          The plaque reads, "Ereal grant us this earth for its endurance and strength, for yours is the glory of our labors."
          Nothing much to say.

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          • #6
            This place is a short corridor that runs to the east and west. The ceiling above your head is made from seamless white stone. The gray tile floor is made of plain, but clean slate. There is an ornate white stone wall to the north. In contrast, the southern wall is made from plain concrete. Against the southern wall is a bench carved from peacock marble. Hanging from the northern wall is a
            large, colorful tapestry. A brightly glowing lantern hangs from the ceiling above. A softsun shelf runs along the northern wall. You are facing east. You see an entry hall to the east, a tall arch carved
            from green serpentine marble to the south, and the west wing of the library to the west.
            >l tapestry
            The tapestry depicts nine ladies dancing in a circle in a summer garden.

            Really? Now I've gotta search the rest of the gameworld for the other 11 days....

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            • #7

              You are standing on the smooth flagstone surface of a broad plaza. A tall marble statue of a man and a woman side by side rises gracefully from the plaza. The capped marble columns of a roofless colonnade rise gracefully above you to to the south.

              You are facing east. You see a forum paved with large flagstones to the north, to the northeast, to the east, to the west, and to the northwest.

              look statue

              The statue is at least fifteen feet high. It is carved of creamy white marble veined in gold. A man and a woman of nondescript features stand side by side atop the square pedestal. Each one is armed with gladius, stave, shield, and bow, and their armor consists of a hybrid of styles and pieces. Their stance is proud, and their expressions are alert and fierce. Words are carved into the marble pedestal.
              Nothing much to say.

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              • #8
                This section of hall marks the midpoint of the vast Basilica Gerulian, its walls of white marble illuminated by the daylight coming through the high narrow windows that line the top of the building. The floor here has been laid with a mosaic pattern depicting the head of a mythical gorgon. The mosaic covers the entire intersection here in a large circle. It depicts a beautiful, but sad-looking, female face surrounded by a head of living writhing serpents as hair.
                Nothing much to say.

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                • #9
                  You are standing in a garden-like atrium which is open to the sky. The light of tiny stars reflect in the pool nearby. A sundial is mounted near where you stand. A shallow pool edged with small mosaic tiles extends along the southern wall to the east and west of you. A low bridge made of golden oak extends over the pool to a small island against the southern wall. A statue of an armored man holding an sword stands in the center of the island, against the wall. A brightly glowing brazier sits off to the side. A narrow white tower spires from a large building of seamless white stone to the north.
                  You are facing west. You see an atrium to the east and to the west.
                  [Success: 95, Roll: 5] Pharse swings a cestus-covered fist sideways, lashing out at you with the blades of his weapon, but misses. You use the broad head of your short whip to knock aside the attack with a brute-force swat.

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                  • #10
                    You enter into a richly appointed entrance foyer. Beneath the soles of your feet lie immense tiles of solid pinkish marble, swirling with dark grays and silver. The walls are paneled with brightly polished oak and softsun, creating intricate abstract patterns with a beautifully symmetrical form. Painted above the heavy wooden door covered in decorative bronze is a large colorful mural. A brightly glowing lantern in the shape of an olive branch is hanging on the ceiling. Hanging from the western wall are a sheet of fine vellum flecked with gold, a sheet of fine vellum flecked with gold, and a sheet of fine vellum flecked with gold labeled 'Senate Decree'. Hanging from the eastern wall are a poster bearing the title 'Contracts' and a poster bearing the title 'Wills'.
                    You are facing west. You see a large marbled arch to the north and to the south; a heavy wooden door covered in decorative bronze to the east; and a wide hallway to the west.
                    A guard bearing the insignia of the Steward of the City is standing here.

                    l mural
                    The mural depicts a scene from the Republic's history. In front of the gates of Iridine, a group of whitebearded men sit serenely on chairs as a barbarian horde fast approaches, the reverential eyes of women and children gazing in wonder from behind the safety of the gates. The figure seated in front, holding a long staff with the symbolic fasces fastened to the top, gazes at the barbarians resolutely. An enscription below the mural reads, "Steward of the City Helsian Oradanae, Standing Against the Horde."
                    Last edited by Irisa; 04-19-2018, 07:33 PM.
                    [Success: 95, Roll: 5] Pharse swings a cestus-covered fist sideways, lashing out at you with the blades of his weapon, but misses. You use the broad head of your short whip to knock aside the attack with a brute-force swat.

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                    • #11
                      This vast stone room is as tall as it is wide. The ceiling fades into darkness overhead, and the floor is composed of faded tiles. The air is unusually still, its scent clear and thin. Vines have invaded from above, spiraling about the walls and protruding into cracks in the grey edifice. Tilted backwards against the northern wall is the remains of a once-proud statue, now covered with moss.
                      You are facing east. You see an old colonnade to the east and to the west; and a pile of rubble leading upwards.

                      l statue
                      The base of this statue is broken, and its body leans against the northern wall. From what you can make out, it used to be of a woman. The head is missing, as is one of the arms. The remaining hand is raised, palm open and outwards. Lichen violate the stone robes, gathering about the broken feet.
                      [Success: 95, Roll: 5] Pharse swings a cestus-covered fist sideways, lashing out at you with the blades of his weapon, but misses. You use the broad head of your short whip to knock aside the attack with a brute-force swat.

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                      • #12
                        The stench continues unabated in the large single room of this makeshift building, despite the drafty prospects afforded by the many gaps in its poorly-cut planks. Several carcasses have been stacked messily near a corner of the room. Hanging from the ceiling are a brightly glowing lantern and a dark wooden sign.
                        You are facing north. You see a rickety wooden door to the south.
                        A makeshift counter made from a wooden plank supported by two sawhorses is ahead of you.
                        Caprarius is standing behind a counter here.

                        l counter
                        The makeshift construct apparently serves as some sort of counter. Its surface is littered with stuck bits of fur and other unidentifiable matter.

                        read sign
                        Will pay top denar for your skins.

                        l caprarius
                        Before you stands an extraordinarily hairy man. A thick curly beard covers his face, mostly hiding his mouth. His eyes are brown and seem dull and somehow vacant. Dark hair, curly and thick covers his head in a tangled, matted mass.
                        He is wearing a leather apron smeared with dark streaks of dried blood, a ratty wool tunic, and some thick leather boots covered with blood and bits of flesh.
                        [Success: 95, Roll: 5] Pharse swings a cestus-covered fist sideways, lashing out at you with the blades of his weapon, but misses. You use the broad head of your short whip to knock aside the attack with a brute-force swat.

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                        • #13
                          You are standing in a courtyard walled and paved in silver-veined white marble. A narrow wooden pier sits just to the northeast.
                          You are facing east. You see a garden to the north and to the northwest; and a courtyard to the south, to the southwest, and to the west.
                          A large stone mosaic of an approaching ship is ahead of you.

                          l mosaic
                          A large ship dominates the upper quadrant of the mosaic, brown tiles set neatly in rows to mimic the ship's design. Beautiful blue tiles of various shades spill around the hull, forming the sea the ship sails upon. A few tiny silver and white tiles are tucked among the blues, making the water seem nearly alive. Rising up from the bottom is a dock, formed of light brown tiles. On it stands a young woman, her brows knit as she stares anxiously at the approaching ship. Clinging to her billowing green cloak is a small boy, while in her arms, wrapped tightly in a soft pink blanket, is a sleeping infant.
                          [Success: 95, Roll: 5] Pharse swings a cestus-covered fist sideways, lashing out at you with the blades of his weapon, but misses. You use the broad head of your short whip to knock aside the attack with a brute-force swat.

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                          • #14
                            The library is fairly open and airy in this section. This is probably because of the sunlight streaming in through the skylight in the ceiling. The eastern wall is made from immaculate white stone. Most of the floor space here is taken up by a heavy, black walnut table. Right under the skylight is a huge statue of a naked man holding the sun in his upraised hands. A brightly glowing lantern has been affixed to the ceiling.
                            [Success: 95, Roll: 5] Pharse swings a cestus-covered fist sideways, lashing out at you with the blades of his weapon, but misses. You use the broad head of your short whip to knock aside the attack with a brute-force swat.

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                            • #15
                              The detail put into some of the mosaics in the game is astounding. There are some pretty cool ones floating around that tell a great deal about Iridine's history and lore.
                              Nothing much to say.

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