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Tundran Huts

Purpose / Function

Tundran huts are almost always used as domestic structures in cities where Tundran people live, notably within the Snowveil within in the Golden Empire. They are easy to make, and the style helps keep the hut standing during intense wind, heavy snowfall, and keeps things warmer inside.

Architecture

Tundran huts are made by using large, thick bones as posts, slightly slanted, around in a circle no higher than five feet or so. There are then ropes used to connect bones in a structure on top of the circle of posts in a conical shape. Then, sewn together, layered hides from hunted local animals are tied between each bone in the structure. There is one section left open to create a door. This door is then constructed from hides that are sewn together with sinew on the top half, and left open on the bottom half in the middle for people to enter. During particularly bad storms, they will sew up the opening flap until the end of the storm, when they cut open the flap once again.   Within the hut, the people building the hut work on compacting the snow on the ground to create a floor. There is then a pit dug in to serve as a spot to build a fire in a central location. They will then bring in fur mats to sit on, and then they will use lay underneath furs on top fo the mats to sleep. If the family in the hut often has a small surplus of food, they will usually construct a box made from bones to keep it in.

History

Tundran huts are as old as the Tundran people, as they needed to find a way to live within the harsh winds and cold of the tundra where they chose to inhabit. Over time, they slowly developed the optimal shape and size of the huts to prevent collapse from both wind and snow.

Type
Hut
Parent Location
The Northern Tundra

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