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Havto Caldegai's Handyfolk Warehouse

There are not many places in the Haan Archipelago as big and populated as the City of Endure, capital of Dhalmain. The Four Peaks war increased its density after an influx of internal immigration, and after the High Rust, Endure was able to maintain its population level with minimal loses, thanks to his location close to the sea level.   With all the benefits of living in a big and advanced metropolis, also come the downsides: Who are all these neighbours? How do I reach the bathhouse? And more importantly, where can I find a damn ceiling fixer in this city?  

I need all the people

"Havto is quite an unusual name, isn't it?"
— Some clueless Dhalmanite
  Hectar Cutu (Also know in recent times as "I swear on Fleshnathry, my grandpa's name was not Havto") feathery architect native to the town of Apharens, came to Endure almost a century ago, some say around 2925 E.Alz, and settled down on a big house of his own design. This last detail was, quite noticeably for his wife, a terrible idea. "Once you get to meet enough architects, you learn to never let them design their own houses" one of his children used to say. The house was big, and beautiful, and sported the famous white and blue colours that characterise Dhalmain's classic style. It was also convoluted, contained more stairs than any seemly person would put in one place, and was eternally unfinished.   Hectar had to make a lot of contacts to get a decent supply of contractors for his job... and for his house. He formed a close business relationship with the handyman Liam Northand, to which he proposed, half-joking, a new model of business, perfect for the bustling lifestyle of the metropolis.  
"You know what I hear at least once a week in my house? This thing is broken, we have to call the locksmith. We have to call the blacksmith. The carpenter. The Cobbler. We have to, have to, have to. I say we put them all in one place."
— Hectar Cutu, during a lunch break
 

We have to call a guy

  It took some time, money, and convincing, but eventually Hectar and Liam opened shop in one of the busiest areas of Endure: Havto Caldegai's Handyfolk, your place for finding the right gal or guy to Do The Thing. The place started as a small storefront with a decent workshop in the back and consisted mainly of a half-dozen of useful people from several trades, and a big archive where people from all fixing-related trades would (slowly at first, and then lightning fast as soon as it started to prove useful) have their names and trades listed. After someone came in and stated their problem, Hectar would contact the person and, charging a small fee, derive them to the customer.   The shop became emblematic with the passing of the years and the growing of the city, and it grew with it. The workshop expanded into a monstrous and extremely loud warehouse filled with sweating workers doing all sorts of things amid a fine cloud of dust, and the storefront was able to deliver the needed services in minutes rather than days.  

The dusty and ugly jewel of the city

  Both The Four Peaks War and the High Rust skyrocketed the usefulness of Havto Caldegai's shop, the first with the sudden affluent of immigrants that had no idea where to find a tailor, and the second with the unfortunate need to fix more than a few roofs. The shop was inherited by both Hectar's children and workers (As Liam died without descendants, after scandalously settling down with an incompatible woman and refusing to adopt children) and at least a dozen people share the business that employs around fifty renowned folks. Caldegai's shop refined its renown by focusing on getting the best expert for each trade, and nowadays being a Havto Caldegai's handyfolk is worn as a badge of honour in Dhalmain.   The Workshop's neighbours are not so much in love with it as the rest of the population.
Founding Date
2939 E.Alz
Type
Workshop
Parent Location

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Thanks to my dad for coming up with the original idea for this place, almost two decades ago, while bearing with the consequences of living in a big and eternally unfinished house. Don't let an architect build their own house, guys.


Cover image: Dhalmain by Naelin

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28 Nov, 2020 02:37

Very funny! I love a good pun

28 Nov, 2020 13:29

Hahaha this is amazing! Great response to the prompt!


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28 Nov, 2020 20:54

Thank you very much! :D I had a lot of fun writing it and basically creating an in-universe version of my dad!