The Company of Faire Folk rides out! Or walks, flies or (consults notes) swims – as is your preference. Our Tour today takes us to oceanic region of Paer Thura by Lilia Artis, Silas Merlin and Haveit Neox.
At ocean level, a hill island protects the cave within, where the art exhibit is located. In front of the cave is a generous terrace of soil and large walls of stone for the landing area. A series of hot pools skirt the island, and serve as a path from one region to the next. There is also a side path leading down into the ocean, bypassing a sinking island upon which a magnificent structure lays half submerged. At the bottom of the sea is a large plaza, surrounded by the arms of an ancient temple.
Things to See:
The Cliff Hall was carved by simple tools into what was once a solid rock island. The leftover material was used for the large tower atop the hill, which due to the solid stone ceiling does not collapse under the weight. This Hall has been used for spiritual gatherings since its creation at the dawn of history when the entrance trees first sprouted forth.
In a sinking civilization, there are not many places to escape the aggressive waves. Overlooking the entirety of the ocean, this hilltop has become a site of some horrific rituals by a desperate people. While the islands sink, other hot spots rise from the ocean floor. They are nevertheless uninhabitable.
Even the most sacred of structures cannot escape what is perceived as wizardry. An ancient sanctuary for the owl educators of the land dips in retreat toward the bottom of the sea.
Among the first structures to become victims of the sinking was an ancient temple that hit the sea floor hundreds of years ago. The guardian statues remain miraculously standing, despite the shifting earth. Holy scrolls are replaced yearly by the divers above. They foretell a time when the whole of civilization will rest on the sea-floor without a single civilian remaining to keep up their sacred duty.
The race of chicken centaurs exists nowhere else on Earth. Their ambiguous nature resulted in terrible abuse in the ancient days, as humans were said to have chased them mercilessly for eggs. The Pigeonnier was a safe haven for the winged centaurs and their eggs.
Things to Ponder:
What led to the losses and disasters here? Surely there is something the inhabitants could have done! Did they anticipate what would happen? Or were they taken unawares? When the temple had been above the ocean, it was a place of worship. But when it sank so long ago to the bottom of the sea, it became a niche of monsters and the ghosts of the centaurs that were said to have ruled the land. In the center of the sea floor, one finds the last ship. If only it could have carried away survivors.
Tours leave daily from Líng xiāo lóng 灵霄龙, to explore the Fairelands.
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