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zioth:place:huerten:maelbourg:stone_and_fire [2012-09-25 12:45]
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-The Stone and Fire was an impressive building from the outside, two stories topped with a sharply pointed roof, bright paint, ​forceful ​architecture,​ even the occasional glass window. The inside was even more extravagant. The main entrance opened into a square room larger than were Ramzi was staying, which seemed designed for nothing but the storage of boots, coats and hats, but it was brightly lit with ornate oil lanterns hanging off of gilded hooks, and stylized maps of the various districts of Maelbourg. There was a bench carved from a single log of oak, where one might sit to remove one's outer clothing, and a chair where an attendant might sit. Since it was unoccupied at the moment, Ramzi opened the door into the inn proper.+The Stone and Fire was an impressive building from the outside, two stories topped with a sharply pointed roof, bright paint, ​bold architecture,​ even the occasional glass window. The inside was even more extravagant. The main entrance opened into a square room larger than Ramzi's apartment, which seemed designed for nothing but the storage of boots, coats and hats, but it was brightly lit with ornate oil lanterns hanging off of gilded hooks, and stylized maps of the various districts of Maelbourg. There was a bench carved from a single log of oak and engraved with scenes of battle, where one might sit to remove one's outer clothing, and a chair where an attendant might sit. Since it was unoccupied at the moment, Ramzi opened the door into the inn proper.
  
-He was taken aback by the extravagance. What might be called a "​common room" in a lesser inn was a fine sitting room here, large with multiple alcoves where one might have some measure of privacy. Couches and chairs were arrayed about, each piled with cushions that looked softer than any bed Ramzi had lain in, and small tables held books that looked like their primary purpose ​was decoration. At the far end was a highly-polished and intricately carved bar near which one might sit more briefly in less luxury. At the other end was a hearth as tall as Ramzi, with a roaring fire, but Ramzi suspected there were other, hidden sources of heat as well, perhaps multiple coal stoves behind some of the many ornate panels near the walls. The room was so brightly lit and so thoroughly warmed that they must have gone through a fortune in oil, coal and wood on a daily basis.{{zioth>​t,​??}}+He was taken aback by extravagance ​that dwarfed that of the coat room. What might be called a "​common room" in a lesser inn was a fine sitting room here, large with multiple alcoves where one might have some measure of privacy. Couches and chairs were arrayed about, each piled with cushions that looked softer than any bed Ramzi had lain in, and small tables held valuable ​books whose primary purpose ​seemed to be decoration. At the far end was a highly-polished and intricately carved bar near which one might sit more briefly in less luxury. At the other end was a hearth as tall as Ramzi, with a roaring fire, but Ramzi suspected there were other, hidden sources of heat as well, perhaps multiple coal stoves behind some of the many ornate panels near the walls. The room was so brightly lit and so thoroughly warmed that they must have gone through a fortune in oil, coal and wood on a daily basis.{{zioth>​t,​172}}
  
 +There is a basement furnace which distributes heat through copper pipes attached to stoves in the common areas of the inn.{{zioth>​t,​172}}
  
 The [servants'​] stairs led up to a second floor, and beyond that to a third, probably just an attic for storage. Halaren opened the second floor door and found himself in a concealed alcove, wide enough to carry a serving tray, but still invisible from the rest of the hall due to a hanging tapestry. He emerged into a hall, where a long, brightly colored rug ran the length of the floor, and carved, gilded sconces lined the walls, just a few feet apart. Between the sconces were small paintings, and maps of the baronies around Huerten, and one map of the entire kingdom which was outdated enough that it did not include Ostmark. Twenty feet away, the hall turned and continued out of sight. At the turn, which had been constructed to appear round rather than square, was an expensive glass window, one central pane almost clear, and the rest stained in browns and greens, to form an impression of the Sign of Morenth. The snake heads popped out of the window as delicately crafted glass sculptures. Halaren guessed that the window alone was worth more than most homes in Maelbourg. Doors were spaced along the hall. In front of the last door before the curve, a man stood at attention, wearing the distinctive outfit and ribbon of Ulan’s closest bodyguards and courtiers.{{zioth>​t,​157}} That room is occuppied by Leera ([[zioth:​pc:​korisca|Korisca]]). The [servants'​] stairs led up to a second floor, and beyond that to a third, probably just an attic for storage. Halaren opened the second floor door and found himself in a concealed alcove, wide enough to carry a serving tray, but still invisible from the rest of the hall due to a hanging tapestry. He emerged into a hall, where a long, brightly colored rug ran the length of the floor, and carved, gilded sconces lined the walls, just a few feet apart. Between the sconces were small paintings, and maps of the baronies around Huerten, and one map of the entire kingdom which was outdated enough that it did not include Ostmark. Twenty feet away, the hall turned and continued out of sight. At the turn, which had been constructed to appear round rather than square, was an expensive glass window, one central pane almost clear, and the rest stained in browns and greens, to form an impression of the Sign of Morenth. The snake heads popped out of the window as delicately crafted glass sculptures. Halaren guessed that the window alone was worth more than most homes in Maelbourg. Doors were spaced along the hall. In front of the last door before the curve, a man stood at attention, wearing the distinctive outfit and ribbon of Ulan’s closest bodyguards and courtiers.{{zioth>​t,​157}} That room is occuppied by Leera ([[zioth:​pc:​korisca|Korisca]]).
  
 A large, semi-transparent glass window – or large for Maelbourg, anyway; [[zioth:​pc:​halaren|Halaren]] had heard that in the king's city of [[zioth:​place:​duerstadt|Duerstadt]],​ glass was more common than wood – let enough light into the room that it was probably brighter inside than out in the afternoon. To either side of the impressive thing, at some distance, were more traditional shuttered windows, and as luck would have it, one was open.{{zioth>​t,​157}} A large, semi-transparent glass window – or large for Maelbourg, anyway; [[zioth:​pc:​halaren|Halaren]] had heard that in the king's city of [[zioth:​place:​duerstadt|Duerstadt]],​ glass was more common than wood – let enough light into the room that it was probably brighter inside than out in the afternoon. To either side of the impressive thing, at some distance, were more traditional shuttered windows, and as luck would have it, one was open.{{zioth>​t,​157}}
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 +== Leera'​s Room ==
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 +One of the rooms on the second floor, just before an ornate glass window with multiple panes in different colors creating a mosaic of the Sign of Morenth, was guarded by a man wearing a uniform Ramzi had not seen in town. This room had frequent visitors, and Ramzi soon learned that it was occupied by Leera, the woman who had vanquished the sorcerer and who claimed to be the daughter and heir of a townsman. Hers was the finest room in the inn, or at least the finest occupied room. Ramzi wouldn'​t have been surprised to learn that it cost more per week than he would earn in a year. A large, semi-transparent and no doubt extraordinarily expensive glass window was flanked by more traditional shuttered windows, both of which were open when Ramzi came to deliver the wood. Wasteful extravagance was arrayed throughout the room, from the enormous feather bed to the vases with carefully arranged dried flowers. The hearth already burned brightly, and a coal stove was heated as well. Who knew how much of that material was wasted to the chill of the outdoors.{{zioth>​t,​172}}