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« on: 14 August 2001, 14:42:00 »

Ok, Talia/Thea/Djangine (name still uncertain), who I had thought already lost somewhere in the Rahaz Dath desert, mailed some details yesterday concerning the Housing of the Shendar (also in preparation for the RPG). This is a rough sketch, more details and sketches will follow. Let us know what you think:

The Shendars live in tents with the most economic form to cover the most free space with the least material to cover this space - the half sphere. A big central tent is surrounded and attached by several smaller ones. Every smaller tent has an access to the central big one, only the family quaters are connected to each other. (See drawing - [Note Artimidor: should be coming up sometime])

The ground structure are bones of different animals. Rumours say that there are some old tents in the deepest desert which are held with the help of the "bones" of the bloodworm. Either theses are just rumours or it is a hint that in former times the bloodworms inhibited the Rahaz Dath as well as the Desert of Light.now, but are extinct. Some old tales traded from generation to generation  support this theory, but it might never be confirmed. More often are used the" bones" of the Rahaz-Estar, the Giant Rock Snake, though  these have to be bend together to meet the needed diameter and height of especiallly the central tent. Here as well we have only speculations how this is made. Some say they use the spit of the snake itself to clue the bones together, but who knows, who can invade a secret the Shendars want to keep for themselves? Sometimes, for the smaller tents, are used the roots of a plant which grows at the edge of the desert or near an oasis.

Above the ground you find only plain greenish leaves, but they are supported by an immense systems of roots which may  stretch about several thousands peds. These roots are very light, but very hard and indestructable at the same time.

Now to the material which covers the groundstructure. Again the Shendars relay only on what they find in the desert, and that is again the Giant Rock Snake. Its skin is stretched and prepared to make the thinnest, lightest and most durable material you can find. It is split up . The outer the sun  reflecting layer of the skin is used for the protection against the sand storms and covers the whole structure, giving the tents a golden shimmer,the inner skin is fixed to the stucture from the inner side, this way providing a double hull which holds most of the heat of the desert outside. Near the top of each of the central tents are aereas which are translucent. It is said that they are made out of the gall bladder or other inward skins a Giant Snake may have. On top these skins are said to be prepared with the poison of the................ .  Well, ask a Shendar, maybe you get an answer. These <windows> are this durable that they don't need a cover if a sandstorm arises, and the bigger these openings are, the wealthier the Shendar family is. The central tents seem huge , but their advantage is that they hold enough air to survive in a day long  sandstorm, and even if the outer parts are all covered with sand, the main dome will show through the sand.

How these tents are arranged and how the Shendars live in them, see the drawing. It depends on how many tents are standing in a circle.

Some additional comments:

Rahmat, town of the Shendar with only tents, arranged in circles, added together.

Uderza, buildings out of bricks and clays(at least the ones in which the shendar live, most of the others as well, other houseforms Stratanians tried to build tend to decay out of mysterious reasons,) which resemble in their form and arrangement very much the old traditions like Rahmat, just that the material is different Tiles (derived from the pottery) on the flour and parts of the wall.

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