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« on: 23 July 2002, 19:08:00 »

(Not this one.)


 Overview
Ximax. The City of Magic. Capital of Xaramon. Home of the mightiest beacon of sorcerous power since the time of the Chosen. Quite possibly the greatest repository of ancient lore in history. And most definately a place that isn't the least bit full of itself. Herein rests the definative description of this city, written by a chronicler quite familiar with this thriving home of magic, mystery, wisdom, and intrigue.

 Description
From afar, the city seems to be a slanted dome of buildings, surrounding the tall, sharp points of the Eleven Towers. Up close, Ximax is far more engaging.
The Outer City, built after the Fall of 733, holds the more recent buildings. Recent being a subjective term; as the city has stood for three millenia, so-called 'new' additions to the city may be able to trace their construction and ownership back for sixty generations. In any case, the Outer City holds the more conventional buildings; farmer's markets, auctionhouses, trading posts, bars, restaurants, guard posts, warehouses, hotels, a Thieves' Guild or two, the attendant slime, the 'lower' housing districts... the list goes on. It is seperated into several districts by simple trade convenience. The eastern section, called Tanaman for reasons lost in the mists of antiquity, (Ya know how it goes. Deed becomes story, story becomes legend, legend becomes myth, myth becomes drinking song, etc, etc.)  holds most of the housing districts and taverns thanks to the fact that most roads to and from Ximax are to the city's east.
From north to southwest lie the working areas. From the northern district's vast marketplace to the southeastern construction guilds, Deurenshill is certainly the place to be if you want to get something done.
Then there's Novorhall, stretching from southeast to southwest on the compass. The less said about Novorhall, the better; these streets are the slums, the bad side of town, if you will. Incidentally, it is here that the Crimson Crescent is located.


The Inner City's wall is as far as most casual visitors to Ximax are allowed to go, as the Outer City is very nearly being a separate city from the Inner.

The Inner City is often referred to as Old Ximax, as the vast majority of the buildings here date to the first millenium of the School. This portion of the city is more ornate, ancient, and more laden with the dust of the ages. The architecture here, in sharp contrast to the Outer City, is mostly similar, lending itself to the monolithic, looming, and fortresslike, as the original master architect of the city, Ungur Firehands, was more concerned with the defensibility of the fledgling Magical Academy than aesthetic pursuits. However, as the buildings grow newer, a host of other Dwarven, Elven, and even the occasional Orcish architectural influences can be seen.
The chronicler apologizes for digressing.
The Inner City holds the more ancient, magic-oriented, and cultural buildings of Ximax. The theatres, mageware shops, minor libraries, particularly aged (and expensive) hotels and restaurants, the local guilds' headquarters, massive gardens, estates of the ruling families, the guild hall, and so on. Noteworthy among them are the following.
The Wasted Wizard is a tavern of great renown. Located just outside the Academy, the building's outward fortresslike mein Yup, it's a word, Arti. Old English. Exactly the same meaning as appearance. is belied by its interior. Purportedly built over the original camp of the Founders, the inn is warm, comfortable, serves possibly the best Dwarven cuisine to be found aboveground, and is an excellent spot to study, talk, or maybe just sit and enjoy the delicious 'root beer' that the owners created specifically for the magi who do not enjoy the side effects of their ale. It also, incidentally, is a good place to write a certain overview, despite the occasional student who feels a deep, compulsive need to read over one of his superiors' shoulder, and may recieve an unpleasant surprise if...
The chronicler once again apologizes for digressing.
Valgure's Magical Emporium is the biggest, most complete mageware shop in all of Sorren; or at least so the Valgures have been claiming for the past few thousand years. The shop covers an entire city block, and has four floors; as such the Valgures may be right. The shop's supplies are almost all homegrown, home-harvested, or traded with nearby farmers. Among the Emporium's wares are robes, spellbooks, reagents from all around, school supplies, any and almost every magical artifact that the School will let go... the chronicler could continue for hours, but out of mercy he will stop shortly.
The Guild Hall is one of the wiser experiments in the history of Ximax. As the Founders wanted no part in governing the city that was developing around the Magical Academy even in its early years, they decided to put the power of government in the hands of those it affected the most; the city guilds.
The Guilds of Ximax deserve their own entry, but, simply put, the Guilds are just like any other guild in a city, only with more power. There's the Carpenter's Guild, the Innkeeper's Guild, the Fisherman's Guild, and so on, throughout the social and economic strata of the city, from the lowly Transportation Guild to the highbrow Messenger's Guild. All those who wish to practice their art in the city must belong to the appropriate Guild, lest they suffer at the hands of the Enforcer's Guild's thugs. It is a strange system, as more than one traveler has noted. However, Ximax is, like sorcery, practical beneath the shimmering veils of effect, and so does not eliminate a system that still works.
The Guild Hall is where the various guild leaders (the title for each is constantly being contested between multiple ruling families in a guild) meet to decide city policy. However, as a preventive measure, the High Archmage is given the power to stop any law that the Hall passes.
Gile's Guild is a proud, majestic building in the Inner City, offering respectable, independent competition for the mainstream Guilds of Ximax. This means that Gile's Guild accepts those who do not wish to be subject to the laws of the Guild that has a rightful claim on their services, in exchange for certain 'odd jobs.' A messenger delivering packages at odd hours, a fishmonger recieving instructions to hide a few men... you get the idea. However, its outward appearance is decieving. Gile's Guild is the front for one of the two warring Theives Guilds in Ximax. Mind, this isn't officially known, but everyone knows it save the most oblivious wanderer who accidentally walks into the city. Some might wonder why the Giles haven't long since been driven out. The answer can be given in one word.
Politics.
There isn't a wizard or businessman in the Magic City who doesn't want to know his competitors' or superiors' plans, sabotage them, or in extreme cases, make them 'disappear.'
The Gile family has provided this service since approximately 1000 b.S.
Its counterpart, The Crimson Crescent is a run-down tavern in the Outer City. The ale is undrinkable, a Vilerat would choke on the food, and the ambiance is best described as 'badly maintained outhouse.' However, order a Silver Sickle with extra silver from the bartender, and he'll have a rather well-armed waiter escort you to the 'wine cellar'.
The 'vintages' there are quite interesting.
Beneath the miserable shack of an inn is a decently maintained Theives Guild that has been using and used by Ximax ever since an unsuccessful scion of a Stratanian ruling family settled in, circa 300 B.S. The chief difference between the Crescent and the Giles, besides the fact that the latter has been trying to get rid of the former ever since it became a viable force on the underworld scene, is that the Crescent's contacts are typically cheaper and worse trained... presenting opportunities for the properly minded. Not that any of this is based on personal experience of the chronicler, of course; all is gathered from certain persons detained in the jails. Really.

 Location
The Magical City rests atop the Ximaxian Plateau, a wide stretch of flat land between the Zirkumire and Magic Sickle mountain ranges. The city walls are visible from long away, as they are the only raised structure for fores around, save the occaisional farm. It is the capital of the Santharian province of Xaramon. From afar, the city flashes like a massive, glassy beacon, calling travelers, traders, and other such road-lovers to its walls.

People
People from all over Sarvonia come to Ximax. From the droves of Milkengradian water-wizards, to the elvish Xeua sorcerors, to the Volkek-Oshra tribe of Orcs, a proliferation of Brownies, unusual in a city, to even the occasional Kasumarii Darkpriest. The native Ximaxians lean towards the middle-heighted, stocky, and ruddy-skinned. Thier appearance, as with so much else in the region, is decieving; there is a higher rate of magic occurence in these folk than in any other place in Santharia, and possibly even the world. One of the more famous native Ximaxians to ever grace the pages of history was the (later) Archmagus of Ximax Cale Perrim, assistant to the Lady Jenefra and Katya Dragonseeker during the Vardyynian Atonement.

Coat of Arms
Ximax's coat of arms is two concentric circles. The outer is split into white, black, red, blue, brown, and grey, representing the six chief forces of the Car'all. The center is transparent, with an eleven-pointed star laid over it.

Climate
The temperature here varies immensely with the seasons. From the blistering inferno of the summer, to the chill breezes of autumn, to the frigid, icy winters, and to the unceasing deluge that is spring; Ximax is never entirely comfortable. Still, a certain peace is always present. Though some of the guilds maintain boats for the typical spring downpours, there is a certain calm in falling rain. Likewise, in oppressive heat or cold, the mind almost literally flees to higher thought. And though the weather in autumn is not particularly pleasant, the unique beauty of the ripening fields and orchards cannot be denied... the chronicler apologizes for rambling on.  

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« Reply #1 on: 26 July 2002, 08:03:00 »

xarl...

why not just type it up in word and then paste it?

i assume you had done that but just checking to be sure...

don't mind me if i sound like a crazy halfwit

*insane cackle*

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« Reply #2 on: 26 July 2002, 09:49:00 »

As Tyrian suggested. Type it up in word, copy it to the clipboard. Open your browser, journey to where you want your post to be, and paste it. I find that I have the best luck, if I post it directly and don't preview it first. Spell check it in your wordprocessor, and then copy and paste it. What you might have to do is paste half at a time. Do half first. Edit it and paste the other half.

I'm assuming you have done this too

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« Reply #3 on: 29 July 2002, 00:19:00 »

Longest entry? Ha! Check out Talia's Strata (only halfway done so far, or Wren's Thaehelvil River only to name a few..

Ok, let me know when you think it's done, then I'll check it in more detail. I also see that you'd also like Ralrok's music for Ximax, so this would be fine as well.

Suggest to try to follow Talia's Strata scheme (Location, Description, Architecture, Prominent Buildings/Sights, Roads and Places, History), and add your sections to it. Don't forget to hunt for references to Ximax on the site, especially in the history section - there might be contradictory things there which we should try to solve.


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« Reply #4 on: 30 July 2002, 12:06:00 »

We're sorry, Xarl. But its not quite long enough to hold a title. *pats the Archmagus on the shoulder* It's okay.

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« Reply #5 on: 02 August 2002, 00:16:00 »

He isn't done. Xarl has a problem with failure. His ego is inflated too big for him to ever lose. Have faith in Xarl for he will conceivably triple the length of the longest entry just to prove a point.

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« Reply #6 on: 09 August 2002, 19:19:00 »

However, there is another factor.
I am lazy.
If I don't finish an entry in the same period I started it, I may never finish. The Kasumarii took about three months for that purpose, Ximan Xuran's still in the depths of the People forum, and... yurrgh, my power complex just kicked in and shut me up.

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« Reply #7 on: 10 August 2002, 17:23:00 »

*readies his shotgun to hunt Xarl down at the Fall Festival*

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« Reply #8 on: 10 August 2002, 21:22:00 »

For god's sake! After i'd just defended him. Wait up Tarq i'll grab my rifle.
*Gets rifle and joins Tarquet on the hunt*

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« Reply #9 on: 11 August 2002, 06:47:00 »

Ah you know now I'm curious!

*fights curiosity*

I cant do it.

*curiosity wins*

What did Xarl do at the Fall Festival that deserves a shot gun??


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« Reply #10 on: 11 August 2002, 18:51:00 »

I existed, taunted him because I had more cotton candy than him... and commented on the fact that his hair has grown more evil. Take a look at his team photo, and imagine the hair changing every other week. One time there was one blue-green lock, one time the whole thing was carrot orange, presently he's got blond streaks, and evidently next week it'll be green.

*hastily erects a sheild of luscious cotton candy, along with three shield generators for his personal use*

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« Reply #11 on: 12 August 2002, 05:45:00 »

:lol

So the shield generators would be cotton candy machines?

I personally think blond streaks would be a vast improvment on carrot orange! I'm sure they look very fetching Tarq.

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« Reply #12 on: 13 August 2002, 16:36:00 »

*Asks permission to eat of Xarls shield*

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« Reply #13 on: 25 November 2002, 00:16:00 »

Bumping so I won't forget this.

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« Reply #14 on: 25 November 2002, 03:12:00 »

Yeah, Xarl, my whip is gathering dust, but if necessary I can look for it... Or do you prefer a dark, damp dungeon? I'm sure you can finish this sometime, eh?


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