The Broken Ground
The City Fathers decided decades ago to build a Grand Temple. The Faiths gave their blessing. Taxes were raised. Land was purchased and dedicated. Supplies began to be procured. People poured in to do the work. The Broken Ground is the neighborhood around the construction site.
The City Fathers decided decades ago to build a Grand Temple. The Faiths gave their blessing. Taxes were raised. Land was purchased and dedicated. Then supplies began to be procured. People poured in to do the work.
Broken Ground is the neighborhood around the construction site. The foundation and under chambers were finished eight years ago. Walls and windows are being created. Broken Ground is where the people who work on the Grand Temple live. This is a neighborhood of glasssmith, artistic stonesmiths as well as masons (with a mason lodge), carpenters, barrel makers, diggers, priests, and other professionals. There is lodging permanent and temporary, inns, and despite the religious tone of the area, a few places of merriment. There are craft shops of skilled workers. There are storage sheds for materials. There is gaol, which is the home for the permanent crew of roadmen constantly fixing the road to and from Broken Ground, with occasionally other roads being fixed (even the road to and from the quarry).
There is a constant hum of activity here during the day. The ringing of forges making things, the hiss of glassworks, the sound of chipping and polishing stone, all rise a constant symphony of work to the glory of The Faiths.
At night, the neighborhood pretty much rolls up the boardwalks. Given the long days and heavy work here, most people have little time or energy to do anything but sleep. If it was not for faire days, which are held in the plaza next to the foundation, the work would never stop.
The Headman of this neighborhood is The Architect. He is a man of medium height, weight, and color and of Middling years. However, he has a strong and booming voice and a sharp mind with an edge towards organization. He may not of been the great designer, but he is the one who will make sure the grand vision will be complete. He not only organizes the Grand Temple's construction, he is the defacto leader of all the people involved.
There is often conflict between the new city elders and The Architect, as the new elders are not as pious and dedicated as the previous ones. Money has been set aside, but no new money flows to the project from the City, only from The Faiths.
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In the modern era it is not uncommon for even massive buildings to be constructed in a short term of months to a few years. Yet back in the dark ages, the construction of a great cathedral could take 20 years or more of labor. A fortress, being more about function that appearance could take about half as long. Well done.
Very cool. I agree with Scrasamax. I like this area better because of its name and style than the other Neighborhood with a temple in process.
I agree with Scrasamax too.
This goes into the 'oh yah, I guess it would exist' category. It is something you don't really think about, but has to be there. Hence the reason I posted it.
Oh i like this! This neighborhood has a nice buzz, an active dynamic, so to speak. Reminds me of Scras' Cathedral Village.
Yah, a good neighborhood. Compact writing that tells you everything necessary. There will be at least one in some of your cities.
This has a Pillars of the Earth feel to it. I like it.