The divine Basknut

Fame through rarity. What is Marchello‘s secret?

„I don’t know how they managed to cultivate this extinct fruit; I don’t care either.
What is important is that I can finally taste a dish out of my childhood again, heck, I even travelled here to Scamall for this and this reason only.
The divine basknut might be now the most popular restaurant of Etherium: every citizen of Do‘oshmi, who is older than 40, knows now of Marchello‘s elusive palace of oddities.“
Citizen of Do‘oshmi



Besides regular mid to high society dishes inspired by Etherian, Do‘oshmi‘s and Nemthi’s culture, the divine basknut serves countless dishes using either the meat part of the Basknut or the condensed smoke of that elusive fruit as a supplement for salt.
The taste of everything within these hard shells of that extinct nut are highly sought after and can get acquired in no other place. Even in the Stardistrict of Gemenskap, a market where one can find everything, even that market doesn’t host a single Basknut vendor.


Marchello values intimacy, a good atmosphere is half of his staff's service. Utilizing the technology of Etherium he was able to go all out on mood lighting without risking raising the risk of a fire spreading. Each table is decorated with a fluent metal torch and smart tablecloth to assure a perfect evening.
The atmosphere in general is set moody, with the torches and slim loophole windows serving as only light. The staff wears supportive gear to be able to see in the dark, to not trip over the expensive tapestry.
On the rooftop the guests can experience a majestic view through the atmosphere dome over the city in the sky, The dome is necessary to cope easily with the thin air of Scamall, a thing most foregin visitors struggle with.
But the view is very much worth it, even if the dome looks kinda odd completing the watchtower look with a futuristic cherry.


The divine basknut is a fairly modern-looking restaurant featuring 4 floors and a roof balcony able to hold up to 120 guests at once. Inspired by the edgeland architecture at the borders Nemthi/Do‘oshmi, the tall building remembers the spectator of a massive lookout tower, where the height of the avian treehouses meets the stone-cut enthusiasm of Nemthi’s castle-like buildings. The restaurant however got altered trading thick walls against much more space on the inside. The furnishing is a noble-like hybrid style of both countries, intertwined into a comfy yet military look.
The ground floor serves as the entrance hall. Designed by famous artists, the architecture slowly allay the guest allowing them to shed the everyday life giving in to the history of the edgelands being faithful to both cultures. Other than that does Marchello store his restaurant's ingredients behind the stairway to the first floor, in a closed down area.
The first and the third floor as well as the roof balcony host dining spots for the valued guests. The backside of the third floor got repurposed as a performance stage, where famous musicians, poets and comedians regularly entertain the guests.
The third floor is the most expensive to book when such events got scheduled.
The second floor hosts bar and kitchen. Marchello especially chose that floor to be his staff's realm, so that the unique smell of the Basknut dishes wafts up and down while keeping the fourth floor fairly neutral in smell.
On the fourth floor, there is, next to even more dining spots, a huge roundtable in the mid of the floor. One, that seemingly has seen much use already. Taking closer inspection one might notice, that the six seats of the table seemingly get used by valued regulars:
  • In front of one seat there are countless claw marks, the regular seemingly has anger issues they need to cope with.

  • The seat next to it appears nearly organic, regrown and chopped down many times. The surface of the table in front of that chair appears wild, not clean-cut like in front of the other chairs, but as if the wood doesn’t reside in one place.

  • The third seat appears normal, but slightly darker than the others. A velvet pillow adds a noble touch and the armrests are richly ornamented.

  • Next to it the wood of the chair appears black, tarnished, rotten; dead. Whoever resides there has a peculiar aura on them.

  • The second to last chair is riddled with holes, no matter where you inspect, you will find sand in the most inexplainable spots.

  • The final chair appears normal, nearly timid. Only a series of small notches at the side of the table counting the meetings grant that spot individuality. There are currently between 80 and 120 notches present.

  • History

    Locations for restaurants in Scamall‘s shopping district are quite expensive, especially near the western airship harbour. Not protected by the Zabrit grid, restaurants located here can vastly benefit from tourism and trade.
    Marchello had a vision. The avian desired to reawaken a dead taste helping Scamall become interesting for the people of Do‘oshmi inviting the avian nation to ogle with Etherium‘s rich history, visiting the city of the gods.
    It is a company secret of the Avian how he managed to cultivate Basknuts, but the mere reawakening of thought to be lost taste helped him become famous overnight allowing him to build a 5-Star restaurant recruiting some of the most skilled chefs of his parents' homeland.
    The divine basknut is one of the most elusive restaurants of the world utilizing the unique taste of Basknuts to create an addictive assortment of dishes, that can only be tasted in his restaurant.

    „I don’t care how much I have to pay for a seat in Marchello‘s divine restaurant.
    My family and I come here once per year to celebrate the Omenkneel, a national holiday.
    Tasting the dish of Omen … this divine smell … heavenly taste.
    No wonder the Sisters desired this nut as a sacrifice so much.“

    Senator Beeldschon


    Serving numerous dishes based on a, thought to be extinct, nut the restaurant attracts mainly the mid to high society of Do‘oshmi so they can experience the fruit of the underground stone trees once more.
    Even the Sisters of the Nest, the avid omenseekers, have left their country numerous times to taste the memory of past visions and stock up their reserves regarding unopened Basknuts to take back to the nest.
    Especially one of the sisters is a regular in this establishment usually dining on the fourth floor.

    „My visions in this restaurant are weird when inhaling the smoke of the nut, deriving briefly into the plane of visions.
    I am able to speak with powerful entities here, especially when that roundtable on this floor seemingly was in usage the day prior.
    I wonder who might dine there.“

    Äala Onrust
    Scribble of the divine nut (Proper art will follow) by Soulwing
    Founding Date
    Pub / Tavern / Restaurant
    Parent Location
    Additional Rulers/Owners
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    Related Materials
    20 m x 18 m x 45 m
    Full list
    Being a symbol of the eternal 'friendship' between Do'oshmi, Nemthi and Etherium, the watchtower restaurant is a marriage between their cultures.


    „Soo … you desire to reawaken lost tastes, what an odd yet admirable wish.
    Color us interested in that proposal, Mister Modelli.
    My wife and I, we both like your idea.
    However ... finding a new source of basknuts for your country was our original deal, and this is vastly different.
    We might have to reevaluate the conditions.
    Three favors are not nearly enough for such a huge undertaking. Especially as my assistance is required to even get to the nuts we discovered.
    We don't need more favors, partner.
    But we can make a deal, a partnership if you want.
    We grant you and selected people access to the Basknuts to harvest them and make you a famous man.
    In exchange will this future restaurant be an ally to us, to the Acolytes.
    Also ... I and all my closest friends, current or future ones, can request to eat in that restaurant free of charge whenever we please and that in absolute privacy.
    Are you agreeing to these terms?
    It is a deal then. Welcome on board!"


    Formerly founded by the couple Furor and Videns as a way to have their dates in a safe space, the divine basknut evolved with the creation of the Acolytes of the Old to their go-to base of organisation and relaxation.
    The secret organisation regularly makes reservations to dine on the top floor of Marchello‘s restaurant on a huge round table.
    Whenever the Acolytes are present, the restaurant is closed and all guests and most of the staff are not allowed to visit the place.
    „A reservation in three days, 2pm?
    For three hours? The usual?
    Yesyes, I will prepare everything, master Opilio…what?
    A new member, Micor Havenborn?
    Wait ... I know that name ...
    No matter, I want to make a good first impression.
    I will prepare an assortment of our finest dishes for him!“

    Marchello (4998)

    Guestbook entry 5688:
    Our city has a new restaurant in town, am elusive place, that draws attention, rendering us interesting once more.
    I was pessimistic, that we will lose contact to the whole world when our radiant marshal's plans for world peace got betrayed, that the illegal invasion of Nemthi years later would put a surefire end to any of our relations with all our past allies.
    I am so thankful for Sir Modelli's decision to open the Basknut in our beautiful city in the sky. As an Eternal I might not be able to enjoy the basknut dishes, but my analysis programs showed me the wonders of its taste and smell, a miracle of bits and bytes. I understand now why this restaurant got so successful and I, Terminus of the Eternal Counsel, will herby put the divine Basknut in our etherian funding program. For supporting this tourist magnet with us gods' support. For that a state of normality shall return one day.

    5/5 Stars

    -Terminus, divine leader of the Silent Watchers-

    Material | Mar 23, 2022

    An thought to be extinct nut from deep down below.

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    16 Mar, 2022 17:52

    I do love the quotes that you provided in this article and used!, and i do how you made good use of rumors/ things to look closely at!, Overall a good article!

    22 Mar, 2022 09:13

    I really like to add hints to other articles/characters of mine in the hope that this might stike enough curiosity into the reader to continue their path to the next article getting immersed in my setting :3

    Creator, artist and writer of the science fantasy world Kingsmaker   Check out my tavern entry The divine Basknut
    16 Mar, 2022 23:25

    Nice way to find your niche and become famous and rich. The quotes really help split the article in readable chunks while also illustrating the place.   I do note that the single-enters make it hard to read the text, especially in the Architecture section. Separated paragraphs would be easier to follow.

    16 Mar, 2022 23:34

    Good point! I made alterations to render the sections more readable.   Better now?

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    17 Mar, 2022 06:10

    Nice article! The quotes and back story are good touches. What are the smells? The lighting? Dark and isolating, bright light, or low romantic with candles at the tables? What is the service like and what are the servers?

    17 Mar, 2022 07:22

    Hmm, a few of these I can include i think. I have only 900 words left however.

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    17 Mar, 2022 07:49

    I love the mystery seats you describe! but your floors confuse me, you go: ground->first->second->fourth. Where is third? Or did you misname the last one, should be called third floor, making a total of four?

    17 Mar, 2022 08:09

    I describe the third floor in the same breath as the first as both are simply dining areas in reach of the kitchen to benefit of the smell of roasted basknuts. But I should divide it, you’re right.   Mystery seats, that’s right. These are in no way shape or performance references to my future stories main cast :p

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    17 Mar, 2022 08:19

    Ah I missed that. I got confused because of the list like appearance of that particular part of text. my bad.

    17 Mar, 2022 20:35

    I-... Really have no constructive feedback to add! I thoroughly enjoy the theme of cultivating old tastes back to life. A great read!

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    17 Mar, 2022 23:31

    Thanks for the warm words :3 But you might have added a few more sections to complete lacking details and fill the reader in on the where :3

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    20 Mar, 2022 09:47

    Sorry, I did not understand the latter sentence? What do you mean?

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    20 Mar, 2022 15:48

    My apologies, I switched an 'I' for a 'you'. This means I have added some sections just after you finished reading talking about the atmosphere and the cultural significance of building a restaurant of exactly this style one mere year before the invasion of Nemthi.

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    20 Mar, 2022 17:20

    Aaa, I get it! Sorry for the original comment, did not mean to offend.

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    20 Mar, 2022 11:23

    The text and styling of the quote boxes fit the aesthetic of the world you describe in this article alone. I love your idea of this basknut, so much so that I wish there was more information about it to consume. As I read I was hopeful to unlock new mysteries about this unique nut. Overall well done though! Given the quality of the art in the rest of your world, I look forward to updated art here as well if you get around to it. Well done!

    20 Mar, 2022 15:50

    *Looks at the 800 words WIP about the Basknut* (Far from done) I should finish this article soon, even more now :3

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    20 Mar, 2022 15:51

    Well now I must follow you so I can see it when it's finished!

    22 Mar, 2022 08:54

    I like the idea of having a tavern based around a very rare food secret - this is a great story hook. Is there maybe any competitor who could be out to find Marchello's source and get into the game? Furor could also try to "alter the deal" in the future... interesting stuff. The mood and interior design are very well done too. Good work!

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    22 Mar, 2022 09:01

    I went a bit more into details within the Basknut article, but Furor wouldn’t sell the way to the new nut reserves to others. Because of a simple reason: He has to open the portal to the underground forest, he has to be present. It is stressful to make such a deal with more than one and he honestly is rich enough to not care for it (Furor and Videns are known as the timeless thieves, they steal already valuable relics for 90 years). He honestly only cares at this point for a place to meet with his friends in a allied place without risking blowing their cover; Marchello is safe

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    24 Mar, 2022 04:00

    I have been doing the vssCollab (twitter microfiction) and some of my threads are about the staff of my Inn. I was trying to think about how to refer to that from the Inn article - I think making it an article under the Inn would work! Like your Basknut.   You have some good details I haven't seen in many articles - the guest book entry and the tourism section, Looks good!

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    24 Mar, 2022 05:45

    Thank you :3 The guest book and tourism section act in this case to its true cultural significance. Truth be told a restaurant founded by a foreign immigrant holding such a cultural item ‚captive‘ is for Etherium a small but important bandaid, that shows that slowly normality returns.   The situation between the country of the gods and the rest of the world was bad after the peace summit, Etherium finally opened its borders for everyone holding a summit in the heart of Etherium, in Scamall. Goal was to achieve a state of world peace, to let the world heal…but their trust got betrayed by all, an attempted assassination attempt on the most important heads of the country later and the peace thoughts were gone for good. Marshal Fizgerald the Radiant, the peaceful general, abdicated and made way for marshal Fide, the Strategist. Who made Etherium militaristic again, even doing a, Not by the gods allowed, blitzkrieg in Nemthi further destabilizing the slowly recuperating trust…   The fact that Marchello is here is of high significance, a breather for the gods, that their errors didn’t lead to an unsolvable situation, where a world war would be the only answer.   (I will take a look, thanks for the heads-up.)

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    27 Mar, 2022 19:04

    To the tavern. Interesting to have a whole tavern based only on dishes with a certain food. Well, there are also potato kitchens here and some dishes were only spiced up with the nut, nevertheless. I would have found it nicer if he had made the nuts directly available to his people, even if it was only to let certain circles know how to get them. On the other hand, he has of course also "paid" for the nuts and the tourism there has something international understanding. Anyway, a good article, although I must honestly admit that I found Opilio the coolest ^^.

    27 Mar, 2022 20:04

    The issue is, that you can only get to the nuts via Furor‘s blessed portal abilities. And here is the issue. Furor has to be very secretive about his remote accessible portals, as a mirrormage isn’t supposed to be able to do such a thing.   Going more public with this could risk letting the wrong people know about it. He only let’s people know about them when their name is written down in the book of debt rendering him able to magically force the other to never unveil this secret.

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    27 Mar, 2022 20:21

    Ah, so, then it's sort of his secret that he can do that, others it wouldn't be possible without major changes in access (drilling tunnels, etc., without harming the trees as well) and if they revealed it everyone would know what he can do. I see. then I guess that's the best way for everyone. Thanks for the information.

    27 Mar, 2022 20:32

    Drilling tunnels would be an option, but considering the forest was found below a sunken mausoleum, a relic from ancient dynasties and furthermore the forest is located at the inner edge of the crust (25km below the surface), the whole tunnel drilling 'could' outweigh the gains with the massive costs of the undertaking.

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