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Places in the Sea of Stars – The Court of Stone

2 November, 2011

The Court of Stone

Dragons are sometime seized by odd obsessions, Damanthi is one such dragon. Having been assigned to rule over a set of mountains including several dwarven kingdoms and many fine quarries, he became fascinated with the shaping of stone and metal, but especially stone. He took the first ten years to learn his kingdom, finding what it could produce, where it was unique, and what talents his new subjects had.

Statue-in-waiting

Statue-in-waiting

That done, he decided to build a palace that would exemplify his new lands and exalt the people, and his rule. Soon, his kingdom was full of sculptors and stone cutters, during the day the air rang with the sounds of chisels and even in the corridors of his palace you could not escape the stone dust. Damanthi learned from them all, becoming a master of stone and sculpting in his own right. He spent over a century learning the art of shaping and molding stone. The next century, he spent mastering the craft of summoning and binding elementals and spirits. Then, he set to work combining these two disparate arts into a new form of golem making.

Staring with the soldiers and servants, Damanthi set about building his perfect court, one piece at a time. Over the following years, he perfected his art, though it was still more than three hundred years before he began crafting the first of the nobles of his court. He spent years on each of the major members of the court, shaping them out of the most perfect stone, inlaying teeth and crafting eyes.

A millennium since he began on his project, Damanthi’s Court of Stone was finished. Everyone from his Satrap to the castle cat, were crafted by his own hand. Slowly, he expands his court, golem by living statue, filling holes and adding new members, even children and pets, every few years.

Notes: Just another odd place in the Sea of Stars.

Photo by Eusebius@Commons and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 license.

3 comments

  1. An unusually monomaniacal dragon. I can only imagine what a visitor would think, stumbling upon his kingdom unaware.


  2. […] Places in the Sea of Stars — The Court of Stone […]



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