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Otherplaces – Jheripor, the Mystic Kitchen of (A to Z Challenge, J)

10 April, 2012

There are gods of all kinds in the world, even gods of cooking and the kitchen.  Sadly, their fellow gods did not appreciate their sublime cooking skills and they would occasionally slip down to entertain and amaze mortals with their cooking skills.  But they could not resist building a kitchen fitting for a divine chef.

the Mystic Kitchen of Jheripor

Too many cooks?It is a small estate, almost humble, but solidly built.  Its walls are surprisingly thick and age seems to have done little to weaken its structure. The gardens are beautiful to look at but all of the plants are practical, herb, berry hedges, fruit trees and edible flowers, everything in the garden can be eaten or used in food preparation in some way.

It is the interior that is unusual, most of the ground floor is kitchen and dining room, the basement is nearly all pantry, and the upper level consists almost entirely of bedrooms.  It is a place for feasts, no other purpose is supported by its design.

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Otherplaces – Ithalia, the Labyrinth of (A to Z Challenge, I)

10 April, 2012

For a place so integral to the defense of the citadel of Ithalia to be open and unguarded for anyone to wander into tells me more of the dangers of the labyrinth than a hundred stories.

the Labyrinth of Ithalia

Down, down, down

One way in

In ages past, the high nobility of Ithalia ruled by use of powerful magic, specifically, those magics that stole creatures from other realms and bound them to the summoner’s will.  Some of these servant from beyond were willing but most needed to be coerced into service and some, the most powerful, had to be bargained with.

The labyrinth was constructed as a place for these summoning and bargains to take place.  At first, it was just a single room beneath the citadel with a few storerooms near by but after the Night of the Nerezzra, where a powerful being escaped, collapsed part of the citadel and destroyed part of the city, more elaborate defenses were constructed and greater precautions were used.  Over the generations, the labyrinth has expanded to multiple levels below the citadel.  Part of the coming of age of the high Ithalian nobility is to design and add one defense to the labyrinth and then summon and bind a being for later use.

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