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Otherplaces – Seralla, Cycling Storm of (A to Z Challenge, S)

19 April, 2012

If there is one thing that Seralla does not lack for, it is rain.  You can set your clock to the cycle of rainfall in Seralla, light rain from mid-morning on, torrential rain from four to six in the afternoon -with lightning and hail every third day- dropping to light rain until nine at night.  Then the cycle begins again the next day.

Cycling  Storm of Seralla

Weather in most places is changing and unpredictable, but in and around the Barony of Seralla, weather is their clock.  It set the pace for everything done in and around the barony.  The building are all built with solid and steep roofs, rain run off is gathered in cisterns and reservoirs and used to power waterwheels for a variety of uses.

Crops are grown in sheltered area which must be carefully sculpted to avoid the plants washing away during the heaviest periods of rain.  It is a difficult and grey place to live, with only a little sunlight each morning.  But water-powered industry provides work and money to import food.   A Baronial School of Architecture and Engineering trains the Serallans who build and maintain the water power systems and buildings.  Some of these architects and engineers go abroad, selling their skills elsewhere but sending remittances home.  Their have a reputation as practical and efficient builders and designers and, so far, have no trouble finding work.

The interiors of the building of Seralla are brightly painted and magically lit to counter act the general gloom of their land.  The traditional gift to a newly married couple from the Baron is an eternal lantern to light their house and symbolize their lasting bond.

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