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« Reply #30 on: 12 June 2004, 16:28:00 »

That could work.  I don't really see any reason for the towers to be connected to the Dome anyway.  


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« Reply #31 on: 13 June 2004, 11:49:00 »

Let's drag Xarl in here for a final decision about the orb.  He made the dern thing.

At 50x200 peds they're gonna be fat cans or cones instead of towers, but hopefully the tapering will make up for the base.  

For the towers, let's enlarge the area around them, the hexagons.  Maybe have the base of the tower half the width of the hexagon and see how that turns out.

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« Reply #32 on: 13 June 2004, 14:43:00 »

Well, what do we actually want with this extented hexagonal area?

Hmm, and I don't think, that the blue tower above looks "fat", not very slender, I agree, but fat? And as I said, the shape is not defined yet.

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« Reply #33 on: 13 June 2004, 15:05:00 »

What about this?





Should the dome be bigger than the towers?

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« Reply #34 on: 13 June 2004, 15:08:00 »

1. The picture looks all right, but I think we should seperate the towers from the Shield Dome a bit. I think that there should be pathways both around each individual tower and around the Shield dome.

2. As long as they taper off enough, it should be fine. We might even consider a more curved side to achieve the measure of slenderness that we want.

3. The Shield dome is meant to keep the orb contained. That is true. But the Shield Dome is also the area the Ximax Council meets to discuss matters of teh school. Not all of the people attending these meetings will be mages! The Ximax school is a large and very influencial school, so you can expect visits from nobles, thains, and other potential donators. The entrances to the SHield dome should be locked when not in use, and when they are in use, I imagine even guards may be outside making sure things go as planned.

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« Reply #35 on: 13 June 2004, 15:22:00 »

Rayne, I don't want to go in detail yet, so we don't need to discuss about locked doors and such and who meets where when (apart that I thought we said once, that there are only mages and pupils allowed in the inner court? -  but later)

Isn't the area around the towers enough distance between all buildings? I didn't go in details yet, the green area marks only the hexagonal plot, the white shapes are the towers. We can do anything in the green area, pathways and fire ditches, but not now!

And again: The shape of the tower is just this way, because it was the easiest to realise! We can decide it later!

My goal is to go forward step by step, otherwise we will end like last time!

Are the rough relative dimensions and distances between the towers ok now?

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« Reply #36 on: 13 June 2004, 15:30:00 »

Just supplying some reasoning to why the Shield dome would be accessible to all.

The spacing looks fine to me. It'll be nice when we get some pathways in there.

I realise that the shape of the tower is just that way because it was easiest to portay! I was refering to Kik's statement about fatness, and offering an idea on how we might make the tower more slender. Don't yell at me! :(  

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« Reply #37 on: 13 June 2004, 16:00:00 »

I don't think the Dome has to be too large.  It serves as a meeting place for the Council, which doesn't seem to have many people.  No one else is allowed to enter, as it is too dangerous, as far as I know.  

The dimensions seem okay to me.  


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« Reply #38 on: 13 June 2004, 16:06:00 »

As long as the orb is in its little prodective place, it should be good. The COuncil will probably be a lot bigger than you might think. It might have fifty people or so. These meetins are meant to include researchers, teachers, and of course the Archmage. It's a council of intelliectual and influencial people.

I think that the dome will have as much ground-space as the towers, but keep in mind that it isn't as tall.

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« Reply #39 on: 13 June 2004, 17:25:00 »

Teachers and researchers too?  I always thought that the Orb was too dangerous for anyone except the Archmagi and a few others to safely approach.  Keep in mind that when in the Dome, a mage is exposed to the full power of the Orb, which apparently brings with it a great risk of blowing the entire city up, if I've understood Xarl correctly.  I think that the Dome should remain a private meeting place for the Archmagi.  The larger meetings could be held elsewhere.  


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« Reply #40 on: 14 June 2004, 01:06:00 »

I always envisioned the protection around teh orb being multiple layers. The outside dome itself is just the first layer. I should think the orb itself would have tens of other layers built around it to keep it's power contained.

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« Reply #41 on: 14 June 2004, 01:25:00 »

Yes, I agree with Mina, I think Xarl wanted to have it this way - but again, something to decide later.

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« Reply #42 on: 15 June 2004, 19:18:00 »

Okay, what's to be decided next?  


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« Reply #43 on: 16 June 2004, 03:00:00 »

Seems I don't get around to this.

Next I wanted to have decided is which of the inner towers belongs to which element, the entrance to the area will be at the bottom of the last image. So which tower do we face when entering the inner courtyard. We could of course change the angle, so that one faces the dome, having an tower to the right and one to the left.

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« Reply #44 on: 19 June 2004, 13:26:00 »

Perhaps the entrance could be on the side of the picture rather than the bottom?  The entrance faces the east, if I'm not mistaken.  I think it'll look nicer, for a person entering the courtyard anyway, if we had the xeua and ecua towers by the sides, and the 4 elemental towers and the shield dome between them.  

Still wondering which tower should be in each spot...


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