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Houses

March 14, 2009

A house in Mor Aldenn

A house in Mor Aldenn

Aye, thats me house over there, by the big red oak. Just last week I repaired the front door. It was starting to creak, but I could live with that, until me wife started to complain! Sorry, I haven’t got a room for ye, my friend, but try the Gloating Giant, there’s always a few rooms to rent, or so I hear.

 

 – Gorick Thalmis, owner of Gorick’s Emporium 

 

Most people in Mor Aldenn own their homes and take great pride in this ownership. They work hard and make sure that repairs are made every year, or even every month. If you are lucky, you can find a small apartment to rent, or even a single room, but while you wait for such a fortunate opportunity, you better rent a room at one of the six inns.

In Mor Aldenn you’ll find that most buildings have more than one story. Most live in two storey buildings, but you’ll find some that has up to three stories. Most houses has a small cellar as well and perhaps a small shed out back, in their garden. Its also quite ordinary to have a small balcony that overlooks the street, or even better, the river, if possible.

Gardens are very common in Mor Aldenn, often surrounded by a simple hedge or a low stone wall. A few gardens, like the one of the alchemist, Jordrick Runsen, is surrounded by a tall stone wall, making it impossible to se what secrets the garden hides. Some have their garden in front of their home, but mostly, you’ll find it behind the building.

Shops are found on the ground floor of most houses, though some can be found on the second floor as well. They have glass windows displaying some of the goods and beautiful intricate signs hanging outside. Moraldenns know how to sell their goods. Shopowners often live on the second floor.

Elven craftsmanship

For as long as their have been a city here, at the converging rivers, there have been elves as well. Their exquisite craftsmanship have made its impact upon the city and nowadays, you’ll find lots of houses, and even a few mage towers, like the incredible Tower of Enchantment, that bears their mark.

Some humans have tried to learn the craft of the elves, but somehow, they never quite succeed. A house created by the elves is often twice as expensive as any other house.

 Mansions

There is only one true mansion in all of Mor Aldenn, and this is the mayor’s mansion. It is located on one of the southern isles, connected to the rest of the city, by a beautiful elven bridge. Some of the larger houses around the city could actually be called mansions or manors, but moraldenns would never do that. The mayor’s mansion have at least 15 rooms, a few kitchens, a large stable and a beautiful courtyard with a circle of old trees. Its a sight to behold, which is probably why the mayor rarely leaves it. Below one of the towers, the barrack tower, you’ll find a small prison. This is not the only prison around town, but the one mostly in use.

Art by the Forge Studios (www.theforge.pl)

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The Ugly Harpy

March 12, 2009

Kobolds? Aye, that’ll be the Ugly Harpy that you be looking for. Why that man puts up with them, I dont know, but one day the mages will put it to him straight. Just last night they started a bigbrawl, sending half the city to the healers. You think I’m exaggerating? Well, go look for yourself then!

– Crent the Boatsman

 

This is the seediest inn that you’ll find in Mor Aldenn. It isn’t that its in disrepair or anything, but if you are looking for a bar brawl, this is where to find it. It doesn’t happen every day, though. This means that the chairs and tables have been repaired a certain number of times, mostly because the proprietor, Yargus Tem is a greedy bastard.

The Ugly Harpy is a large inn, but even though, there is only 10 rooms for rent. Half of these are double rooms, and all of them have windows and contains simple furniture. Two of these rooms are found on the first floor, and the rest you’ll find upstairs on the second floor. The common room is large with round tables. The bar is at the far end, displaying all the expensive and colorful bottles on a pair of shelves. During the day light streams through the windows, but at night you’ll find candles and lamps lit on each table chasing away the shadows. There is a small plateau to the left of the front door, where bards and musicians have played in the past. Yargus Tem, the proprietor, doesn’t pay them much, and so few, if any, stop by the Ugly Harpy to perform and entertain these days. This doesn’t mean that the inn is quiet, far from it, the customers are often singing and dancing, especially during the late hours.

 

Yargus Tem, proprietor of the Ugly Harpy

Yargus Tem is secretly the guildmaster of the Guild, which is probably why he always keep at least one guard on watch at the inn and at his private residence out back. If you are a member of the Guild, you  can easily identify the other members at the inn, but to outsiders and ignorant commoners, this inn seem legitimate enough. Nothing illegal is going on here, which isn’t exactly true. Guild meetings, though, are always held at the private residence, and not very often. The thieves have a certain language that only they use, a sort of code language.

Yargus really likes Mor Aldenn, and will probably never move, unless forced by a stronger force than his own guild. The city is prosperous and the mages doesn’t seem to care that much for laws, at least not those that would govern a city. All Yargus needs to do, is keep out of their affairs and they will keep out of his. Mostly, the Guild pry on travelling merchant caravans, travellers and other outsiders. There are other, smaller gangs of thieves in Mor Aldenn, but none of them is a threat to Yargus and so he leaves them alone, at least for now!

 

Other Thieves

Among the members of the Guild, you’ll find people such as Hadorc the Lazy, Rolloth, Thallion the Tailor and the infamous alchemist, Jordick Runsen. The latter is also, perhaps, the only true friend that Yargus Tem has in the city. The two often share a mug of ale over a game of Two Fingers and the Maiden

A known secret about Jordick Runsen. He is not just an alchemist, he is also a capable poisoner with lots of poisonous flowers in his walled garden. He is also a loner and have never taken a wife. He does, however, enjoy the occasional company of one of Yargus Tem’s many whores.