The Company of Faire Folk rides out! Or walks, flies or (consults notes) swims – as is your preference. Our Tour today takes us to the mysterious chess-themed region of J’adoube by Sharni Azalee.
“Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move. Knowing which move to make comes with insight and knowledge, and by learning the lessons that are accumulated along the way. We become each and every piece within the game called life.”
The quote from Allan Rufus describes an insight into J’adoube. Some believe it may have been where giants played, or a lost civilization was built to worship the game. From its cascading fountains and chess box stores, to the massive sunken chessboard in its center made of puzzle pieces, your imagination builds. Now it is your move to decide what J’adoube is to you.
Things to See:
At first glance, J’adoube is an orderly world where clean-edged squares and the orderly moves of the game hold sway. The eye appreciates the symmetry and grace of the repeating patterns.
And yet, water cascades over the boards. Grasses and flowers push up between them. On the ground, some pieces are missing. On the water, small boats float freely. Life in its messy disorder is here too.
We see the stern faces of the kings and queens. Serious contests are underway. Indeed, an older meaning of j’adoube is to dub a knight, preparing him for service and battle.
But here again there are contrasts. See how the tiny fae work together? They tend to a fallen pawn. They move the great pieces as best they can. They help each other. Do the kings and queens know? Is there another set of rules?
Be sure to peek into the hidden rooms. In most of these, the formal rules of chess hold sway. But in one, a circle offers rest and meditation. We remember those who are lost.
Things to Ponder:
Perhaps there is a deeper order in this place. Are the kings and queens only the current representatives of powers beyond the earthly realm? What is J’adoube’s history? What more can we uncover?
Tours leave daily at 5:00pm from Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙 , to explore the Fairelands.
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