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A Caravan/Wagon

Written by Loremaster Aemon

Merchants and Travellers

 

The Caravan/Wagon is a traditional horse-drawn wagon of four to eight horses used by Merchants to transport their goods from one place to another,and travelling communities who travel the realms having no fixed homeland. The typical design includes four large wheels,the sides are either straight or slope outward as they rise toward the eaves.Beyond this characteristic Caravans differ in shape,size,and the roof is either a bow-top (Curved) wooden roof or an open-lot which has canvas stretched over curved wooden frames.The designs were almost entirely standardized, and some features are common to all types.

The Travellers Caravan interior is typically outfitted with built-in seats,cabinets,a wardrobe,bunks and a chest of drawers.There are windows on the left side and rear.Most types have a roof-window/trapdoor which let in light and air.A bracket for an oil lamp is mounted over the chest of drawers,the chest's top functions as a table.Caravan exteriors can range from fairly plain to intricately carved,painted in bright colors,and some even have gold leaf on the scroll-worked wood.

 
"One half of it...was carpeted, and so partitioned off at the further end as to accommodate a sleeping-place, constructed after the fashion of a berth on board ship, which was shaded... The other half served for a kitchen, and was fitted up with a stove whose small chimney passed through the roof. It also held a closet or larder, several chests, a great pitcher of water, and a few cooking-utensils and articles of crockery. These latter necessaries hung upon the walls, which in that portion of the establishment devoted to the lady of the caravan, were ornamented with lighter decorations."   -Brother Athalstan- Monk & Scholar
 

Wagons were first used for carrying goods until around (14525KR of the Fifteenth Age/The First Age of Man) when large transport wagons were built to combine storage space and living space into one vehicle,and were pulled by teams of horses (eight to twelve).By the third century of The Sixteenth Age/The Second Age of Man (15310KR) wagons became smaller, reducing the number of horses required, and around the middle of the Eighth century of The Sixteenth Age/The Second Age of Man (15840–15870KR),Traveling communities in Pelosia and Elosia started using wagons that incorporated living spaces on the inside.

A Merchant Caravan
by C.C.A. Christensen

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Cover image: by C.C.A. Christensen

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