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August 18, 2006, 3:33 pm

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Bridges District


“It is a sight to behold: like a giant spider web - dozens upon dozens of rope bridges and lines are strung between the hills of the district. And the people. They move along these slender swaying lines as if they were walking down a boulevard.”, The Journal of Mathius Redcap

The Bridges district is one of the last districts developed in the city.  Originally it was a rough area: fifteen steep hills, deep ravines, and two “lakes” (which are sink holes that often fill in with water). Most people saw it as an area to “go around”, a blight that interfered with a more perfect civic plan.  

Originally some poor people “squatted” in the hills. They lived in a few ramshackle shacks here and there on the hills or in the ravines. They never stayed over long as the weather and the conditions often made them move on.  However, some more enterprising souls took to living in the hills as well. Searching “cheaper land” they built real buildings on the hills. The city, needing the money to pay for other “grand projects” like the concert hall simply accepted it. The people began to properly cut the trails along the hills that had been used infrequently through the years.  Some were even paved and reinforced. Along the way steps, often stone but sometimes packed reinforced board steps, were made leading up to houses or to various trails, where convenient to link with existing city streets. 

As the story goes, early in the building period, the Hallens and the Corbens who lived on two facing hills were joined by the marriage of their respective youngests. Since travelling down the hills, along the ravine, and back again was long and difficult, the two homes were linked by a long rope bridges, creating the first of the bridges that the district has been named. 

The idea caught on. Soon dozens of bridges linked various stairway streets and trails. The building boom began, the number of houses dug into the sides of the hills exploded. 

Nearly a century later, the Bridges District is completely filled with homes and businesses linked with cat walks, stairs, bridges, knotted ropes, basket systems. This “blight” has become one of the things the city is famous for (in addition to The Quadrangles, The Blue Flag’s Game Field (like 1478), The Sky Tower (an ten story building with its famous elevating platform - based on the lifting baskets of the Bridges District) and The Grand Temple).

The city adapted and so did the people. The children in the district (and limitedly the rest of the city) are adept at
running on rooftops, down cables, and bouncing off buildings. This leaping and bounding is called “bouncing” by the locals. (Thus leading to a slew of slang related it, “To Bounce” is to go, “To bounce with a partner” is to be intimate, “bad bounce” (to go splat or have a terrible event), and so on.). In fact some of the greatest acrobats in The Lands have roots in the Bridges district.

For those that are on foot and in good shape, cutting through the Bridges district can halve the time it takes to cross the city.

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August 18, 2006, 13:20
This is another one that has been in my work space for quite a while. It has been visited by me and others. nearly 480 views later, it has been released.
Voted manfred
August 18, 2006, 13:29
A nice colorful part of town. Thanks for adding the rare combination neighborhood+mountains, and one that makes sense to boot.
Voted Cheka Man
August 19, 2006, 11:26
I have a wonderful image of it in my head. *smiles*
Voted valadaar
October 15, 2006, 20:08
A fun location. A chase ala-crouching tiger/hidden dragon would be a ball here.
Voted Tusserk
October 18, 2014, 3:39
me likey...

The thought of running a few rounds of combat in an area like this would either be boring as hell
*snip* "I cut the ropes"

or aaawesooome... *snip* "I cut the rope and swing for dear life... and crash into a group of 3 bad guys crossing the lower bridge."

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Order of the Moonbeard

       By: valadaar

Among the assortment of organized criminals who live in the great city, few command greater fear the Moonbeard Order.

They of course do not call themselves that, but have earned the moniker from their fashion of dying their large beards with lye to produce a distinctive crescent shape running from earlobe to earlobe. This is meant as a taunt for their enemies, for it clearly outlines their throats.

They also wear garb similar to the northern tribesman, carefully tooled leather and showing multiple, colourful glyphs.

They are feared due to the intense discipline that their group maintains, due to their origins as a warrior-sect.

They serve as paid thugs, enforcers and assassins within the city, with the client simply ordering a service from the organization, not hiring an individual. Apart from making the request and providing payment in full in advance, the order completes the assignment themselves.

Their order has many moles through the organizations of the city, and more than a couple of nobles. As such, no organized move has been made against them since their chief activity is directed against other members of the crime world. It is said that their services have been useful for those in power as well, further protecting them from persecution.

Their religion holds that their time in this world is vanishingly brief, and largely unimportant except as training for the Great Battle.

The order is very utilitarian with weapons choice - they simply use the tool needed for the occasion, though not without having trained extensively with it beforehand. Daggers, garrottes, swords, bows, battle axes, polearms, wagons, even siege engines have been used to carry out their contracts.

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