July 27, 2004

Vramin's Palace

The Lairon e'N'vaan (Lairon's Ring) is an oxygen-nitrogen gas torus with asteroids orbiting something analogous to a neutron star deep in the Courts. The shadow is +10 magic and +20 gravity spells. Aurora-like streams and currents of mana sweep through the torus and provide ample power for the lucky landowners.

There are several hundred rocks big enough for palaces but none large enough for raising a sizeable army. The place has no strategic importance. Palaces in the Ring do have a certain snob value, like owning a mansion in Vail.

Vramin's rock is roughly football shaped, about 1.2 x .9 miles. Buildings cover half of it and burrow through it.

Heavy construction is done by big earth elementals slowly morphing the rock. Finished work is done by artisans among Vramin's horde of servants. Aside from the elementals, Vramin's people are a mix of mutated species from several different shadows, descendants of blood creatures and mixes of the two. Vramin likes symbiotes. Jade has seen a few fighting creatures. Most of them are the little fuzzy guys plugged into things like organic exoskeletons/armor ranging from gauntlets to big, nasty spiders.

Non-sentient internal security takes the form of coded doorways and associated traps. The traps are usually mechanical, their triggers a mix of magic and the physical. There doesn't seem to be any equivalent to a computer system running the palace. The internal environments can be more extreme than what humans would like but do not involve toxic atmospheres or crushing gravity (outside of traps) or anything that would require frantic shapeshifting.

Localized, artificial gravity usually fades out about 12 or 15 feet above the surface, leaving most of the open spaces in low- to micro-gravity. Some of the servants can fly.

Food is grown in magical greenhouses or magically assembled. There are extensive storehouses deep in the rock. Water is drawn from the Ring's vapor and stored underground.

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