The Derelict Dock Building / Landmark in Pronathea | World Anvil

The Derelict Dock

"That terrible place down by the wayside? It looks like it should be torn down. In fact, why hasn't it yet?"
— A disgruntled nobleman

A Hole In The Ground

  Built by Messen Oak over twenty years before, this dry dock has become home for the many impoverished that walk the streets of Turnhaven. It is no permanent home, and the people who stay there always seem to cycle around the building, rarely holding a place in the dock for more than a few days before finding it taken by someone else.   Due to the gates of the dry dock being bricked up, those who stay there are safe from the threat of ocean water. Unfortunately, that would be all they are safe from, as flooding still occurs from heavy rainfall. For that reason, the hovels that have been made homes are up on stilts above the lowest level of the dock. The original drainage is still present and alleviates flooding after a time, but is by no means quick and requires constant maintenance by the tenants.  

A Home In Shipshape

  Amongst the cycles of homeless that call the Derelict Dock their residence, there are some who call for the place to be a protected area of housing within the city limits of Turnhaven. Others outside the Dock call for it to be refilled or turned over to another shipbuilding company to be used. The city council has had numerous actions against the dock up for voting over the most recent years, but each time arriving at a hung vote. Without coming to a vote for or against, the dry dock lies in misuse.
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Jul 11, 2020 13:46 by Jaime Buckley

Totally depressing.   Love it.   Suggestion? One sentence threw me off a tad: "as flooding still occurs on heavy rainfall"   Maybe use 'during' or 'from' instead of 'on' to make it flow? ....that is--if you WANT more water flowing.   Well done.

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Jul 12, 2020 10:18 by Andrew

Glad you like it, and thanks for spotting that!

Jul 13, 2020 06:29 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

I remember you were trying to make some artwork for this. Not an easy feat. Anyway, I very much love the concept of this dry dock turning into homes for the poor. It sounds like a dangerous and depressing place.

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