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November 29, 2005, 11:08 pm

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There has been a city on this site for centuries. Cultures/ societies have come and gone, but the city site remains as it is a crossroads.  Those gone by have left their marks upon the city. The city has grown and fallen numerous times.  The last time, it was nearly destroyed, yet a few pieces remain.

There has been a city on this site for centuries. Cultures/ societies have come and gone, but the city site remains as it is a crossroads.  Those gone by have left their marks upon the city. The city has grown and fallen numerous times.  The last time, it was nearly destroyed, yet a few pieces remain. 

The Empire of the East had taken this city as its farthest border. The Lands of the West, waging war, took this city and a few farther East, enhancing their own borders. The wars were brutal and left little of the cities and very few people.

Harland is all that remains of the city before, other than the remaining pieces of the defensive wall. The survivors of the sacking of the city a generation or two ago took to this area, and their descendents are still here. The neighborhood is not marked by walls, but by a change from the Western style buildings. The buildings here are square and flat roofed. They are of the local tannish stone without plaster. The streets are crushed pavestones and quite crooked. If the streets and neighborhood were just stone, this neighborhood would be quite boring and colorless.  As it is, the neighborhood is filled with color and sound.

Those of Harland (the name of the city before the sacking), protect themselves from the hot sun with brightly colored awnings and similarly colored billowing curtains. The flat roofs support tents and other awning. Those street side awning protect those hawking their family’s craftwares. Since the language of Harland is the Musical sounding Qua’tan language, vendors hawking their wares sound like singers in an opera to the others int he city. The general babble in the street adds to the chorus. (The people of Harland are gregarious and loud among their family and their own kind). Women in house courtyards and roofs actually sing while doing their chores. This all adds to a festival like atmosphere to the dour neighbors in the city. Since the cooking of spiced meats and rices is a common family craft under those street awnings, it even smells like a festival here.

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Voted KendraHeart
December 1, 2005, 0:42
Extra points for the idea itself. It is something people forget about when building cities, the things before. Other than that, fairly basic and short.
Voted valadaar
February 28, 2013, 12:44
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Hu's Iron Ball

       By: Murometz

Hu was an ambassador of the Seventh Emperor of the Reng Dynasty. Throughout his life he traveled across many miles and lands to entreaty with neighboring kingdoms and the semi-savages who dwelled amidst the Metal Mountains.

During one such diplomatic mission, Hu was gifted a small iron marble as a gesture, by a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe. Little else is known of Hu, but that marble was lost and is now somewhere out there for someone to find.

A tiny, shiny sphere, the marble has several properties. First and foremost it is a strong magnet, considerably stronger than its size and density would indicate.

Secondly, if thrown or rolled upon the ground and the command word is spoken, the iron ball will magically enlarge to either the size of an ogres's head or to that of a great globe, twelve feet in diameter. The rolling ball of either size will continue to roll or fly at the same relative speed it was when launched as a marble, and can thus cause great damage to anything in its path. The magnetic power of the ball will also magnify when enlarged.

Legends claim that the ball has been tossed from besieged castles upon attacking foes and rolled at marching armies in ages past. At the end of such rolls, the larger size globe has been known to not only crush soldiers underfoot, but to also "collect" many dozens of metallic weapons and bits of armor unto itself, appearing as an armored sphere, with swords and spears sticking out from it in all directions.

Owning this powerful marble has its drawbacks. Anyone carrying it on their person, will experience the iron ball's insidious effects after some time. The owner feels no worse for wear, but after two month's time they will suddenly awaken one morning to find that their hair has fallen out completely, their teeth loosened like baby's teeth ready to drop, and their fingernails simply shriveled and sliding off the fingers and toes. Perhaps unbeknownst to the owner at first, the iron ball also renders an owner sterile or barren by this time.

Regular clerical healing will not reverse this horrible malady. Only finding and beseeching a shaman of the Kiy-Kiy tribe to heal the iron ball's effects with their particular brand of magic, will work.

Hu's Iron Ball should be handled carefully by players and gms.

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