Stone and Alternatives

The richest people in the world build monuments from this stuff. Where do you get it and what special properties does it have?   The practical benefits of stone, particularly its damping effects on magical blasts, have made it the building material of choice for key state buildings in Alham and Chrenada . The Wheel is built entirely of stone, in a circular plan which helps to dissipate any stray energies which might be found in a building dedicated to magical research and development of new uses in battle. The Naziar, the palace and fortress in the capital of Alham, was built entirely of stone not only for durability and resilience in traditional warfare, but as an additional protection against the airborne Ryuven who might direct magic attacks from above.   Stone of a quality for building is readily available in the south and east of Chrenada. There are quarries in both the eastern mountains and in the hills to the west of Alham. In the plains which make up the agricultural breadbasket of the kingdom, buildings are more commonly wood, or even wood and sod, with some local stone for military outposts or more important or wealthy constructions.   For monuments, however, the Chrenadan people borrow from the conspicuous habits of the wealthy The Wakari Coast. The merchant houses there use stone but for aesthetic rather than magical protection, choosing varieties which offer a palette of colors or which can be polished to effect. They have more monuments and statues than Chrenada , generally of marble, alabaster, or other desirable stone. In both Chrenada and the Wakari Coast, temples may have pillars to represent or remind of scriptural concepts, and individual homes might boast statuettes of polished alabaster or bronze.


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