Monday, June 13, 2011

Yun-Bai-Du: City of the Clouds Part III

Another edition of Yun-Bai-Du, finally with a complete (well, 90% complete) map - I still need to put some numbers on it.

Spice Merchant: Sari is a graying Meng merchant who runs caravans between Yun-Bai-Du and Tetsukado, the southern colony famous for its pepper plantations. Very short and thin (outlanders sometimes mistake him for a tall halfling), the plucky merchant has made numerous journeys himself, but now leaves the adventures to his three sons, Toli, Qai and Mayn. Sari’s wife died many years ago, and he now entertains himself with a number of pleasant concubines. Sari is an immaculate man, and his 4-story, 20 room manse is no different. Much of the furniture is teak, with velvet cushions in a variety of vibrant colors. Callous and avaricious, Sari is a devotee to the lords of chaos, and his cellar contains a shrine to Mung, the Lord of All Deaths.

| Sari: HD 6 (22 hp); AC 9 [10]; Atk 1 weapon (1d6); Move 12; Save 11; CL/XP 6/400; Special: None.

Opera House: This large, beautifully decorated opera house is one of three in Yun-Bai-Du. The building is two stories tall and has a footprint measuring 100 ft x 100 ft. The interior consists of the stage/performance area (which measure 60 ft x 60 ft) in the center of the building and around it two stories of storage rooms, dressing rooms, lounges and offices. The performance area consists of a number of sunken boxes in which spectators stand surrounding a square stage. Balconies ringing the room are provided for noble and royal visitors, along with chairs and a steady stream of servants carrying trays of viands and goblets of wine. The house is administered on behalf of the king by Inasar, a fat mandarin of Yun extraction with heavy eyes and a sibilant lisp. Inasar is an unforgiving taskmaster with the staff of the opera house, but he fawns upon the talent, all the while entertaining less than moral thoughts about his star performer, the lovely Madame Ijing, a graduate of the Imperial Music Bureau and a favorite of the deposed Tiger Empress.

Hanging Garden: The street here goes through an ancient hollow. One either side there are embankments covered with flowering vines that hang over the lane, filling it with sweet perfume. Several wooden pegs at the lowest point allow one to cross a trickling stream that runs beneath the embankments. The hollow is inhabited by a tribe of fairy dragons. The dragons dwell in the clumps of flowers, but always descend to investigate intruders and maybe play pranks on them.

| Fairy Dragon: HD 2; AC 4 [15]; Atk 1 bite (1d4); Move 9 (F36); Save 16; CL/XP 5/240; Special: Breath weapon (5-ft cone of confusion), spells (4th level shugenja), invisibility, magic resistance (10%), telepathy (2 miles).

1 comment:

  1. This looks quite a bit like a Central Asian city to me--as they currently stand, after having roads for automobiles cut through them. Which is to say I like it a lot. You've inspired me to draw up my maps of early Baghdad and Bukhara... after the thesis is done.


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