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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:01 am    Post subject: History of RhyDin (Class) Reply with quote

History of RhyDin: Week One
The Districts of RhyDin City


“Good evening, class,” Lydia said with a smile as she entered the small classroom of about fifteen students. Many didn’t hear her over their pre-class conversations, but the few students that did began to get to their seats and sit down. Others noticed the few students shuffling to their seats, saw Lydia placing her notes on the instructor’s desk off to the far corner in the front of the classroom, and returned to their own seats. Soon, a hush fell over the room as the students settled in, waiting for her to begin.

With her notes properly organized on her desk top, Lydia walked up to the blackboard and picked up a piece of chalk. She typically selected classrooms with the ‘archaic’ method of writing. With other instructors using colorful markers on whiteboards or touch screen monitors that covered the entire wall, her white chalk on black slate seemed rather mundane. But those that went to her classes typically didn’t go for the bells and whistles; they went to merely listen.

Turning to face the class, Lydia was dressed as simply as she taught. Her jet black hair was pulled back neatly in a tight bun that rested at the nape of her neck. A black two-button blazer covered most her soft lavender hued blouse. She wore a matching black pencil skirt, light gray tinted stockings, and shiny black patent leather heels. Her small solitaire sapphire necklace mirrored her deep blue eyes as she looked out over the class. Taking a deep breath, she began.

“I am Lydia Tolmay and this is ‘History of RhyDin.’ When this class first came across my desk, I was very excited to take it on. I love history, how it has shaped the present, and how to learn from it to prevent the same mistakes in the future. Rhydin has a deep history and, like all history, the ‘facts’ change based on who is telling the story. If you ask a dozen people on the street to tell you the history of Rhydin, you will get a dozen different histories, each as true... and as fantasized, as the others. What I will be teaching over this six week course are just a few accounts of Rhydin’s history, filled with their own truths... and misconceptions. Today we will begin with the districts of RhyDin City...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:14 am    Post subject: Week One Reply with quote

Lydia went up to the board and wrote, ‘Dragon’s Gate’, then continued, “The city of Rhydin is divided into several districts. The Dragon’s Gate district in the north eastern area of Rhydin is home to the city’s most famous structures. On the district’s main strip is probably the city’s greatest gathering area, The Red Dragon Inn. Many use its lodgings, while others frequent the establishment to have a drink with friends. Of course, where one typically finds drinking, there is usually an accompaniment of fighting or, in this case, dueling. In the basement of the Inn is the Arena, which hosts the official Duel of Swords dueling. Directly next door to the west of the Inn is the Outback, which holds the brawls of the Duel of Fists. To the immediate north of the Inn, is the portal leading to Twilight Isle, which is an enchanted place that hosts dueling for the Duel of Magic. More details about those and the rest of the features of Dragon’s Gate district will be featured in our next class.”

“North of the Dragon’s Gate district is one of the newest areas of development, the New Haven district. At one time referred to as Lakeshore, this area borders on a large fresh water lake that was once part of the Rhydin River, but had split off into an isolated lake a long time ago. The lake serves as a popular recreational area while the residential zone boasts many the city’s well-to-do citizens, who have built grander and more luxurious homes there.” Under ‘Dragon’s Gate’, Lydia wrote ‘New Haven’ followed by ‘Battlefield Park’. “To the west of New Haven is Battlefield Park. It is a mostly undeveloped region, save for a few areas, that preserves the battlegrounds of wars long ago. I have heard of few who wander over the grounds sometimes stumbling upon ancient relics. It is separated from the New Haven, Dragon’s Gate, and Old Market districts by a high wall.”

Lydia added ‘Old Market’ to her list of districts on the blackboard. “Directly south of the Battlefield Park, is the Old Market district. One of its main features is the Red Dragon Great Hall, which hosts many of Rhydin’s largest parties and events. But even the Great Hall pales in comparison to the historic Marketplace square, located in the center of the district. This is, by far, the city’s greatest area for trade. There is everything from large conglomerate businesses to the smallest mom-and-pop shops. During our third week’s course, we will be exploring some of the older stores that have a longer established history here in Rhydin and how those stores have endured and shaped the current economy.

“The last district to the north of the Rhydin River is the Seaside district, which it is affectionately called Sea Haven. Despite the serene name, the area is primarily made up of steep, jagged cliffs. As a result, the district is better as a vacation spot for tourists with spectacular views overlooking the sea, though the area to the far northwest can be used a nice seaside beach.” Lydia wrote ‘Seaside’ below Old Market on the blackboard, then continued, “Offshore, to the south of the district, is Overlord Isle. Resting in the mouth of the Rhydin River, the small island provides a local residence for the reigning Overlord of the Duel of Swords. It features the main lighthouse for Rhydin, as well as a Memorial for Gondor, who was the first Overlord for the Duel of Swords...”
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:17 am    Post subject: Week One Reply with quote

“To the south of the Rhydin River, there are two more districts, largest of which is the Old Temple district. Roughly speaking, it may even be larger than the next two largest districts combined.” Lydia paused to write ‘Old Temple’ on the blackboard under her running lists of districts. “The district got its name from its many churches and temples of both ancient and modern beliefs. Some of the more well established of these are the Temple of Divine Light, Temple of the Gods, and the First Catholic Church. It has quite a few other major Rhydinian focal points as well. It is home to the RhyDin Public Library and RhyDin Museum, where you will be going on a few research trips over this course. Although technically outside of the district’s walls, the RhyDin Graveyard is to the south, along the main southern thoroughfare in to and out from Rhydin. Due to the large gatehouse that allows travelers through the city walls from the south, the Old Temple district is also called Southgate. Even in the north, the district boasts one bridge into the Dragon’s Gate district and two into the Old Market district, making the Old Temple district vital to the transportation of Rhydin.”

Lydia added one final district to the list, ‘Dockside’. “Separated by the Old Temple district with an extension of the large city wall, the Dockside district also sits south of the Rhydin River. With only one main land route in and out of the district to the far south, its main transports are through its sea ports. This is where it gets one of its many nicknames, The Wharfs. Many importing and exporting businesses have their warehouses located there. With the highly concentrated areas of storage as possible targets, Dockside also has a reputation of being a hot spot for the less reputable groups of the city, which is how it gets another nickname, Badside...” She trailed off for a moment, looking somber as she considered one of her sources.

She only knew little of what generally happens in Dockside, though it was more than she wanted to know, because of her sister. All too often her identical twin would do her ‘business deals’ there, in the shadows of warehouses that would later report their storage missing or on piers where bodies would later be found washed up under. But just because there were a few misguided guests to the district, didn’t mean the district itself was bad. She was beginning to worry she was focusing on the district’s negative elements. Her look of concern faded as she said with a smile, “All districts are at risk for a few bad seeds here and there, but overall, Dockside has quite a bit to offer for its own distinct nautical and sailor culture. I will explain more about its subcultures, like the noteworthy WestEnd neighborhood, during our week four class.”

“During our final two weeks, I will be showcasing some other areas important to Rhydin. Although Mount Yasuo is far to the north and the Stars End sector is far west of Rhydin City, both areas have an effect on Rhydin’s history and culture.”

Lydia walked from the chalkboard over to the front of her desk and sat down on a clear portion of oak wood. She rested her hands palm down on the desk. Although she spoke in the same tone, it seemed a little more casual, though it may have been simply attributed to her change in posture. “I know that is quite a lot to throw at you at one time. I basically covered all of Rhydin itself and beyond. But as I mentioned, I do plan to go into some detail regarding certain areas, not because there are ‘better’ or ‘worse’ areas, but because I think I might be able to share some little known facts about those parts of the city. Though I hope to cover much more information over the course, I will be happy to answer any initial questions anyone might have about anything right now.”

Looking out over the class, Lydia would try to select students in order that they raised their hand.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sitting close beside Lucas, Fliss was absolutely captivated by her first real lesson on the actual history of Rhy'Din itself. It was such a vast topic, with so many differing points of view on the hows and whys, that very few teachers were prepared to take it on, and why should they? Especially at Harkers, where the emphasis was on dueling and control of magical and innate abilities, which was far more important in the early years than expanding basic curriculum subjects to include the more complex topics up for discussion.

Her notebook was open in front of her - not a standard paper notebook; a little experimenting in her Fire Magic classes had provided her with a notebook of specially toughened paper, onto which she could scorch her notes with a fingertip and a very small flame. It was easier for her than scribbling it all down, since her handwriting suffered under pressure, which often led to notes that were utterly indecipherable and completely useless. She and Lucas had found that one out the hard way while comparing notes a few weeks before.

The various districts had always confused her. The Baronies were so fluid, and the Barons themselves unpredictable when it came to their short-lived rules, that it had always been difficult to pin down exactly which district was which for the pyromancer teen. She was familiar with Dragon's Gate - who wasn't? - despite having never actually visited The Red Dragon Inn or the duels. New Haven, she knew as well, but Battlefield Park was new to her, making an extra note to visit it and satisfy her curiosity about old battlegrounds. The Marketplace, too, was familiar, and though she'd never been there except for brief outings when she'd been at the orphanage, Seaside was at least a recognizable place to put a name to.

Her interest piqued as Lydia moved on to the last two districts, however - Old Temple, because that was where her father worked, and also the location of the museum, where at least two of the Grangers worked, as well; and Dockside, because that was where WestEnd was, and in it, the Shanachie Theater. Promised more information on that in later weeks, she bit down on the flurry of questions that rose and tried to work out what it was she actually wanted to know in the context of the lesson itself.

Her hand rose, along with several others, as the floor was opened up for questions, waiting patiently until she was called upon before offering up her question.

"If the Barons are responsible for each district, do we know who allowed what neighborhoods to grow and flourish in their districts?" she asked curiously. "Like ... who was responsible for giving permission for New Haven to be developed, or WestEnd? Or do the Barons just let big businesses, like the Shanachie, pop up wherever?"
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 1:31 am    Post subject: Community Growth Reply with quote

Lydia finished answering one of the student’s questions, “...so, yes, it is true that Kairee, the proprietor of the Red Dragon Inn at the time, declared Gondar the first Overlord, but it is only a rumor that they were lovers. I have heard it from a few, but they are only second-hand claims. I have not seen or heard enough proven evidence to declare it to be true or false.”

She looked to the next hand that was raised. Impressed with her fire abilities as she took notes during the lecture, Lydia hoped the girl would continue to build on her already remarkable technique.

“Yes, Miss Storm,” Lydia said, calling on her. After listening to her questions, Lydia smiled, excited by the depth of the topic.

“I have always believed Rhydin was a place of more... flexibility than most. People generally have the freedom to create their own businesses and begin their own community projects here without an extreme authority to overrule or undermine them. But to answer your question more specifically, for the most part, the current Barons have allowed Rhydin to grow and develop without their direct input, which is how most Barons in the past have done things as well.”

“I believe the general reason for this is because of the threat of a short term rule. It would be hard to enact a decree as Baron, then be removed from the position the next month and never being able to see the project through. There have been over one hundred Overlords in the Duel of Swords, over eighty Diamond Holders in the Duel of Fists, and over fifty Archmagi in the Duel of Magic in the passed twenty years. As you can imagine, Baronies can shift within a short period of time. Granted, in passed years, some have done more to defend their territories or to enact certain restrictions in their areas, but it seems as though most are content to keep the status quo. But I do not believe their general stance of not doing more for the community comes from a sense of apathy, but due to a sense of a time limit. They never quite know when they may be dethroned. It is unlike the Governor position, which generally lasts for about a year unless they run again and win.”

“The Governor also acts in the same manner as the Barons. They could potentially have as much power as they wish to rule over the city, but for the most part, Governors are happy to maintain a certain balance in the community. Yes, some may hold more meetings, events, or community projects than others, but honestly, I have observed that the majority of Rhydin’s community growth does not come from its leaders, but the community itself. It’s what I believe makes Rhydin so great.”

“So the responsibility of fostering the growth of the city, as you mentioned, does not fall to the Barons, but to all of us,” Lydia concluded with a smile. She looked down for a minute, embarrassed at her accidental and impromptu version of ‘the children are our future’ speech. Looking back up, she made a mental note. A history of dueling class may be a worthwhile topic to look into, as well. Given the amount of history involved with them alone, each one of the three dueling groups could easily have their own class devoted to them. That was a project for another night.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lucas glanced over to find Fliss taking notes with ... Was that fire? He was distracted for just a moment while he watched her with curious interest before turning back to listen to Miss Tolmay continue her lecture, scribbling down notes the old fashioned way with pen and paper. He was new to Rhy'Din, having only been there are few short months, and though he knew some of this already, most of it was new to him, and he was eating it up like a man starving on a deserted island.

He listened as Miss Tolmay explained about the various districts of Rhy'Din, knowing a little about a few of them, but not really the history behind them. He lifted his head, setting his pen aside to rest, while she answered a few questions, one of them posed by Fliss.

Rhy'Din was a confusing place for anyone, much less a boy who had been raised the son of a politician. Politics here were certainly a lot different than back home in California.

Lucas waited until she had finished answering Fliss' question, before he raised his hand with a question of his own, the first of many.

"This has nothing to do with the barons, but what I don't understand is if technology is available in the Stars End Sector, why don't people make use of it more? The same thing goes for magic. Is it just because people don't trust what they don't understand?"
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:34 pm    Post subject: Fear Itself Reply with quote

Lydia’s general friendly smile while answering questions faded as he asked his. It wasn’t the question. It was a very good question. It was just also a sore spot to some Rhydin citizens.

“That is an excellent point, Mr. Foster. Yes, I do believe there is always some hesitation in societies when new...” She trailed off for a moment, not wanting to focus specifically on one or the other. “...capabilities are achieved by mankind. Some do fear things they don’t understand. Others merely have a hard time adapting to change, no matter what that change may be.”

She continued, with more of her natural smile, “Another factor to keep in mind specifically for Rhydin is that many of its residents come from different backgrounds. Due to the nexus’s ability to bring persons from any time and any place to Rhydin, some of the people here may just have not had as much time as others to get accustomed to their new surroundings. Most like to stick with what they know, including technologies that are familiar to them, especially when they are new here.”

“I may be as guilty of that as many others,” she said with a full smile now. “I don’t use many of the new technologies while I teach. I could be using projectors to show you maps and outlines of the districts while I lecture. I could have slideshows of the Red Dragon Inn and the stores of the Marketplace. I could be using a touch screen to write my notes up here. But it is just not who I am. I like the feel of chalk in my hands. I love to form the letters like an artist forms the lines of his painting. This is my painting,” she said motioning to the blackboard behind her.

“But I do use some technology to my benefit,” she added, turning back to face the class, hoping to prove not everyone fit into black and white molds. “I value my cellular phone in times of emergency. But, do I use the special features to tell me what the weather currently is? No, not when I can simply look out the window.” She grinned, hoping to get a few scoffs.

“Magic can be viewed in the same way. I just have not had much of an interest in, or an innate ability for, magic. If I did, I would go and try to learn more to broaden that skill. I’m not afraid of magic itself. In fact, I value its usefulness. But, in the hands of someone I do not know or do not trust, I would then fear its use. The same would be said for technology. Power in the hands of the wrong person creates that fear.”

“Granted,” she concluded, “There are some people that simply fear the magic or technology itself. In those cases, I have found that education can help immensely, because people only really fear what they don’t know.”
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Like bullies," Fliss said without thinking. She glanced at Lucas. They'd both had their share of bullies trying to make them victims, purely because they'd been seen as different.

She frowned thoughtfully as she considered what they had been told. It made sense, in a way, and in another way, it made absolutely no sense at all. But then again, that was Rhy'Din for you. She'd lived here all her life, and at no point had she ever been told that day to day life here was supposed to conform to any kind of common sense at all. You either accepted the way it was, or drove yourself nuts trying to understand it all. That was just the way it was.

"So ... wouldn't that make the institution of the duels a kind of means to an end?" she asked curiously, the thought only just occurring to her. "I mean, they're a bit part of life here in Rhy'Din City, and there are all these places set aside for their use, but maybe they didn't start as a sport. Maybe they started as a way to stop the mindless violence that erupted because of people not understanding each other and being afraid of each other."

She tilted her head curiously toward Professor Tolmay. "Or is that completely off-topic?"
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 9:31 pm    Post subject: Week One Assignment Reply with quote

Lydia smiled, trying not to laugh at the last question. She thought it was completely on topic, considering how the question connected a lot of their ‘question and answer’ discussion. Taking a mental note of the girl’s mention of bullies, Lydia decided to keep a bit more of eye on the new students in her class, watching out for any further signs just to make sure they weren’t currently being harassed, on-campus or off.

“I see that as a very relevant point,” she answered. “It can be argued that there are many purposes to the duels. In fact, an acquaintance of mine theorizes that some of the nicest people on Earth are the Canadians because they get out all of their aggression in their sometimes brutal sport of hockey. Though, based on that logic, Rugby football players must be even kinder.”

“What, because they don't wear any sissy padding?” Fliss snorted with laughter, and abruptly covered her mouth, mortified that her piggy snort had made itself known in public.

Lydia smiled and nodded. She suspected she had quite a little firecracker in her class, in more ways than one. Seeing no other hands raised, she announced, “I will take any other questions after class. Allow me to explain our weekly assignments.”

“After each week’s lecture, I will give you the topic of your assignment and you will have five days to turn in a one page essay on your views of the topic. Seeing as how this course is on Rhydin’s history, I only thought it would be appropriate to show you various areas of Rhydin, so each of the assignments will be a little field trip, so to speak.” She thought the topic of the course required a bit more ‘show’ since she was providing the ‘tell’. Always safety conscious, she added, “I strongly advise you to go in small groups or with someone else if you are able, even if they are not in the course.”

“You may give your written or typed paper to my secretary, Rebecca, or you may submit the paper electronically to my campus email account. If you have any questions at any time, feel free to email me, call my office number, or stop by my office if you’re on campus.” She paused a moment, wondering if she should mention her late night hours, but thought better of it. She tried not to draw attention to her... unusual tendencies. The kids were smart, generally too smart for their own good, and she was afraid they would be able to connect the dots, if they hadn’t already. Sometimes she heard the rumors of her... condition that went around the school. Though, she couldn’t exactly consider them rumors if they were true.

“This week’s assignment will be to better familiarize yourself with all of Rhydin. No, I won’t be sending you on a trek across the city. You will be visiting the RhyDin Public Library. I have set things up with one of the librarians. All you have to do is go and explain that you are in my class and they will provide you with all of the materials that I would like you to look over. First, I would like you to review the Old Rhy’Din City map to see the beginning stages of our city. Then, take a look at the New Rhy’Din map which will show the city beginning to evolve into what we recognize today. Then, finally compare them all to the current map of RhyDin City. In your report, tell me about the changes, or the similarities that you find the most fascinating and explain why you believe it has changed or stayed the same over the years.”
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Far above the city, soaring on the winds, two figures looking down on Rhy'Din City in all its glory ...

"What?"

"I said it looks different!"

"What did you say?"

"I said -"

"I can't hear you!"

"What?"


An hour later, with headsets borrowed from the GrangerGuild R & D department to make communication easier ...

"This isn't going to work, you know. I can't hold you and take pictures."

"I can't hold onto you and look at the maps without them flying away."

"We should land."

"Where?"


On the next clear day, a solution found. Two figures, strapped together by means of secure webbing, one holding a camera, one clutching a tablet into which the maps have been scanned ...

"This is really embarrassing."

"You're the one who didn't want to flame like your dad."

"Knowing me, I'd set fire to you. I feel like a baby strapped to you like this."

"Will you stop complaining and just figure out where we are?"

"Okay, okay ... I think that is the Museum, so ... above Old Temple? Where's the fire station?"

"There."

"How do you know?"

"Your dad's waving to us."

"Oh."


Three days later, two assignments handed in, bearing photographs of the city as it is, comparisons of the current layout set side by side with the old and new maps of Rhy'Din City. Two differing perspectives, offered by a pair who had spent far too long in the thin air above the city. If handwriting could giggle, this homework definitely would.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:11 pm    Post subject: Week Two Reply with quote

History of RhyDin: Week Two
The Dragon’s Gate District


“Good evening,” Lydia greeted the class as she walked into the small classroom. Although the room held twenty seats, there were only about fifteen students in the class. Wanting to ensure that students always had the opportunity to change seats if need be, Lydia never liked to have a packed classroom. It was a good thing she also wanted to keep a few seats open in case one or two more students joined the class, because there was a new male student in the class this evening that was not there last week. Over her time teaching at the Academy, she became known for her flexibility in the rules and was happy to have new students, as long as they got caught up quickly on any missed work. But, with the same number of students as last week’s class and the additional student, that meant one from last week’s class was missing.

Lydia finished putting her notes and their graded papers on her teacher’s desk at the front of the room. She scanned the room several times, looking for the one student. Her face grew concerned as she looked to the clock above the door in the room, which indicated it was time for the class to begin. Stalling while the students present began to wrap up their pre-class conversations, she went to the other side of the room and looked out the wall of windows. In the darkness of the evening, she could see down from their second floor classroom to a small courtyard below, but the student was nowhere in sight. She quickly made a mental note to remember to find the student’s contact information after class so she could call to see if she was ok. Lydia returned to her desk, mentally kicking herself. She hated holding classes at night since it held more possible danger to the students... but for her, it was... necessary.

By then, most of the students were quietly waiting for her to begin. With a deep breath, she started her next lesson.

The Red Dragon Inn is undeniably the heart of Rhydin City. It is even located at the city’s heart, nestled inside the northeastern Dragon’s Gate district.” Lydia went up to the chalkboard and wrote ‘Dragon’s Gate’ with a thick white chalk line under it, then ‘Red Dragon Inn’ under the Dragon’s Gate header. As she finished, the missing female student walked in and tried to slip silently to her seat. Lydia turned to watch her and waited until she was seated.

“Is everything alright, Miss Woods?” Lydia asked the dark elf, though, from her appearance, she seemed more like a half blooded not-quite-so-dark elf.

“Yeah. Sorry, Ms. Tolmay, time just got away from me,” the teenager replied, pulling out her small hand pressed paper notebook and a sharpened black writing instrument from her worn leather knapsack.

“That’s alright. Let’s just not make a habit of it,” Lydia said, visually relieved nothing happened to her student. She felt silly for worrying in the first place. She knew, maybe more than most, the dangers that were hidden in the night.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:13 pm    Post subject: Week Two Reply with quote

As not to waste more time, Lydia quickly returned to her lesson. “Some say the Red Dragon Inn gets its name from the red hue from the clay plaster covering its walls. Regardless of the reason for its name, it is undoubtedly a staple of Rhydin City. Many frequent the establishment each night, sitting around the focal point of the first floor, the heavy oak bar that takes up most of the back wall. The large stone fireplace located about mid-way towards the back on the right is built with stones taken directly from the Rhydin River that runs along the district’s southern edge. On the second floor are the upstairs rooms for rent, as well as the balcony that overlooks the back of the common room, including the bar area. Just past the hearth are two doors, one of which leads to the lower level under the Inn.”

Continuing to lecture, she wrote ‘Arena’ under Red Dragon Inn on the chalkboard, “In the basement of the Inn is the Arena. Fittingly, as the Arena hosts the Duel of Swords, the door is marked with two crossed long swords set against an onyx shield. Taking the stairs down will leave you in the northwest corner of the Arena. There you will find a large display of trophies, banners, swords, and other souvenirs from prominent sword duelers and their houses. Much like with the design of the inn above, the Arena boasts its own bar and kitchen with tables and seats there as well. There are even some bleachers built into the east wall that give center stage to the dueling rings in the south end of the room.”

Lydia paused to write, ‘Back Alley’, then turned back to the class. “The other door in the rear of the Red Dragon Inn leads out to the ominous Back Alley. It is a darkly lit, narrow cobblestone pathway between the Red Dragon Inn and its surrounding buildings. Many inn patrons will go back into the alley to continue escalating fights, as to protect other guests from getting hurt in the scuffle. Although its shadowy setting may be ideal for combat, looks can be deceiving. Due to some of the neighboring buildings throwing out their garbage and trash, the gutters can become clogged, allowing the cobblestones to become slippery with oils and other built up liquids, resulting in poor footing.”

Slouching in his desk, the new male student smiled knowingly. From his rough posture and demeanor, he looked as though he could have easily been a few back alley fights himself. Despite his constant interest in her lecture, he failed to take any notes. He just sat, closely watching and listening to the instructor.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:17 pm    Post subject: Week Two Reply with quote

“Directly to the west of the Inn is the Outback, which holds the brawls of the Duel of Fists.” Lydia wrote‘Outback’ in white chalk on the blackboard. “From the outside, you will know it from its signature thick, oak double doors. From the inside, it is a two story open space with curved ceiling beams and lined by high windows. It is important to note that this is actually the third building to carry the honored Outback name. The original building was built years ago by Black Panther, the founder of the Duel of Fists. There are many rings for dueling there as well as practice mats in the corners. All can be seen from the full ringed balcony on the second floor. Also, in a similar style to the inn, there is a bar on the first floor, and several rooms on the second floor.”

After adding, ‘Twilight Isle’ on the black slate, she turned back to the class and continued, “To the immediate north of the Inn, is the portal leading to Twilight Isle, which is an enchanted place that hosts dueling for the Duel of Magic. Do not get this confused with Overlord Isle that sits off the south shore of the Dockside District. Twilight Isle exists in its own pocket dimension. Named accordingly, it is continually suspended in twilight. The isle is surrounded by mountains along each sides, except for the South, which holds a stunning lagoon with crystal blue water and luscious sands that holds the portal leading back to Rhydin. In the center of the isle are the ancient Great Rings of the Duels that are carved into the cooled volcanic stone.”

“It goes without saying that Rhydin has a strong dueling culture, and that culture is undeniably rooted in Dragon’s Gate, but there is another important feature in the area. Across the street from the block with all of our aforementioned areas of note,” she said, pausing to wave an open palm towards her list on the board, “the Great Helm Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in the city.” She turned and wrote ‘Great Helm Tavern’ as her last talking point on the board. “It gets its name from the striking battle helm over the main entrance’s two heavy wooden doors. Whether they war-torn or weather-torn, you can still find blemishes in the helm’s metal.”

“Much like the Red Dragon Inn, the tavern has a spacious two story interior, large bar, kitchen, tables and chairs for talking and dining, and a second floor balcony that overlooks much of the first floor. But it has its own unique features as well. From the upstairs balcony, you can reach the outside terrace, which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city. To the right of the bar, there is a small room where the ceiling lowers to an intimate one-story level. There is a hearth carved into the left-hand wall which is shared with the kitchen. A long, rectangular table labeled ‘The Lord’s Table’ sits in the center of the room to accommodate large gatherings. Due to its focal point, the room has earned the name ‘The Lord’s Nook’.”

Lydia put down the piece of chalk on the thin ledge under the blackboard and wiped her hands together to dust the chalk off her hands. She then walked around to the front of her desk at the far side of the front of the room and leaned back against it. “There are quite a few other important aspects of the Dragon’s Gate District,” she began. Her home was there, as well. “But those are likely the more well known, and have some of the richer history behind them. If anyone has any questions about the duels or the areas of Dragon’s Gate, please be encouraged to ask.”
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Despite having a new baby at home, and the upheaval that had been Lucas' move all of five minutes away to be with his mother and brother, Fliss was surprisingly attentive to the lecture once again. She and Lucas had promised faithfully to fly back home the second class had finished, and not to even try and leave the Bristle Crios campus on foot while there was so much going on in the city. She'd noted the new face, lounging in his seat, but hadn't done much more than smile and nod on her way to her seat with Lucas, pulling her specially prepared notebook out in preparation while they waited and talked.

As Professor Tolmay elaborated on the different aspects of the Dragon's Gate District, Fliss' finger guided the flickering flame that scorched her notes into the toughened paper. She didn't have any particular interest in this particular topic, admittedly, having no interest or aptitude for the duels that were such a huge part of the city-wide culture, but it was good to know all these little bits and pieces that went together. Dragon's Gate seemed to be the most well-known of all the districts in Rhy'Din City, but she had a feeling there was an awful lot she didn't know about it, too.

As the professor opened the floor to questions, she raised her hand, patiently waiting until it was her turn to speak before offering up her query. "If the Twilight Isle is in a pocket dimension, does that mean it isn't a part of Dragon's Gate? And if it isn't, is that why the Keepers' Towers are there? Or did I completely misunderstand?"
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:52 pm    Post subject: Towers and Elements Reply with quote

“That’s an excellent point, Miss Storm. Yes, I think based on technicality, it would have to be said that Twilight Isle is outside of Rhydin entirely,” Lydia began her answer. “As to why the Towers are located there, I would venture the guess that since the titles and ranks were earned there, that it would only make sense to have the earned prizes there as well.”

Seeing the interest of the students, Lydia took the opportunity to delve into the magic of the Isle a bit more. “The Towers are as vital to the Isle’s setting as the dueling rings themselves. Above the peak of the tallest mountain in the East is the Tower of Air. Aptly named, it is nearly invisible, appearing to be nothing more than a hazy shimmer in the shape of a tower with its double doors appearing as inconspicuous clouds. In the center of the beautiful lagoon to the South of the Isle is the Tower of Water. As you might imagine, the Tower is formed by flowing, rushing water, and its double doors are made from coral. A smoky volcano burns to the North of the Isle and on the center of the molten lava bed, you can find the Tower of Fire. It is made from solid, living flame with its large double doors made of thick, shining brass.”

“Passed the fields and forests to the West of the Isle, lies the Tower of Earth. Unlike the other Towers, it is not as easily distinguishable a tower, as it is built into the great cliff face of the far western mountains. There is no visible doorway to this tower, either. A keyhole in the cliff one hundred feet from the ground is its only indication that something special resides there. As the Keeper approaches the doors, a stone stairwell emerges from the cliff leading to the entrance of the Tower, where the doors can then be opened.”

“Although there are the four Towers, there is also one more area of note, the lair of the ArchMage known as the Citadel of the Stars. Floating in the sky directly above the center of Twilight Isle, it forms the apex of a perfect pyramid with the four Towers. It ties each of the Towers’ elements together, combining earth, air, fire and water to create a dwelling worthy of the gods. The foundation is a large fragment of solid bedrock, and its walls and columns made from white marble. Its abundant, green vegetation is fed by flowing water which vanishes into thin air as it falls over the edges of the floating isle. Burning within the temple on the island is a brilliant white flame of pure magic. As a result, the Keeper of the Citadel of the Stars has reign over the Fifth Element - magic itself.”
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