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Vaondhurr Egg Dur

It is eternally amusing to me that the phrase "egg dur" translates from Grazu as "safe nest." Linguistic similarities are fascinating.
  The Garruw do not have many young, and the average number has always been somewhere around 2.5 young per couple. As such, the spaces where they birth their young are generally very protected.   They produce eggs in clutches of about 1-3, and the shells are extremely tough. However, this means the young are typically quite fragile when they emerge, and most garruw parents attempt to find a sheltered area to leave the egg until such time as they've matured. Whole temporary communities spring up around the nests, since sheltered areas aren't exactly easy to find on Thaiterra.   One of the safest places in the Agarruta Drei is Vaondhurr. The area is shielded from the worst winds, while still close enough to most of the air currents that the garruw can travel there easily. It's been around for years so the area is well developed. It's something of a maze, which for a vertically capable species means greater defense for their young against ground based predators.   The central feature of Vaondhurr is its egg dur, or nest. While parents are able to seat their eggs at home, the majority prefer the communal space while nesting. In more recent years, the nest has become temperature controlled and has been developing with electric lighting and several slightly more private spaces for a nest.


Since the egg dur began as a large crevasse in the mountains, there's minimal logic to its layout, but artistically it's quite beautiful. The space is based around the crevasse, with minimal excavating done to expand it, preferring instead to keep things contained and protected from the elements.   The roof is a glass material that bears some similarity to the Dome Tech. The original formula was borrowed from the humans, and adapted to the needs of the garruw.   The walls are stone, of course, smoothed down and worn both from use and from deliberate design choices. The lower walls are replete with clawholds, for tiny garruw to begin to learn their own flight and climbing abilities. The higher walls feature a number of designs, some abstract, some clearly modeled after families that used to live there.   The doors are found on either end of the crevasse and lead up into the town proper using beautifully paved road work that blends into the cushy carpeting inside. The stone is taken from several different areas and forms lovely patterns. In a lot of ways it resembles the Weinadi style of paving.


The Town of Meymeh is a Yagupa settlement found in the area beneath the egg dur. While there are no direct tunnels to this town for security reasons, there are tunnels that allow the weinadi there to go to Vaondhurr and serve as guardians and workers in the community.   While the community itself provides a defense, as its labyrinthine nature helps secure the egg dur, there are a few measures taken in the building itself. Unusually, there are no vertical access points, forcing parents to use one of three side doors, two on one end and one on the other. There are windows but they're small enough not to allow access. The doors can be locked from the inside with the cooperation of at least three adult garruw, as the mechanisms require three distinct locking points.


Around 700 years ago, perhaps fifty years before Human and garruw diplomacy began to cool, Vaondhurr was founded. The egg dur was crafted using human technology to defend it from storms, which allowed the egg dur to be higher on the mountain than most others.
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