Chapter 31: In Which A Poor Boy Sees His Chance And, By Using A Hefty Club, Takes It

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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: Mogog’s Information
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Mogog, the Red Troll sage, is well over 700 years old. He has been buying and selling information in Ekarris for the last 600 years. A steady stream of customers flow through his door at all hours.

Mogog’s Information is located in a very large stone house at #107 Canal Street in the South end. Tourists are free to come inside and look at Mogog’s collection of, well, stuff, but it will cost them some bit of information, possibly private.

Mogog’s Information is always open.

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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: The Rainbow Gate

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The famous Rainbow Gate is a multicolored portal too and from many worlds. It first appeared in Ekarris in 1130, it moves around the city slowly, stopping in a new place for anywhere from 2 months to a full year. It measures 12 feet across and is always spherical.

Tourists should note that only those who truly want to go to a whole different world can access the gate. Those who go into it almost never return, and when they do, they are different, sometimes insane. Still, every year, an average of 30 people do make it through the gate, sometimes in groups as large as 7.

As of this writing, the Rainbow Gate has been on the roof of the Royal Library, West End Branch, for 3 months.

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A Moist Mystery

…a moistury?

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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: Mogog’s Information
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Mogog, the Red Troll sage, is well over 700 years old. He has been buying and selling information in Ekarris for the last 600 years. A steady stream of customers flow through his door at all hours.

Mogog’s Information is located in a very large stone house at #107 Canal Street in the South end. Tourists are free to come inside and look at Mogog’s collection of, well, stuff, but it will cost them some bit of information, possibly private.

Mogog’s Information is always open.

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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: The Rainbow Gate


The famous Rainbow Gate is a multicolored portal too and from many worlds. It first appeared in Ekarris in 1130, it moves around the city slowly, stopping in a new place for anywhere from 2 months to a full year. It measures 12 feet across and is always spherical.

Tourists should note that only those who truly want to go to a whole different world can access the gate. Those who go into it almost never return, and when they do, they are different, sometimes insane. Still, every year, an average of 30 people do make it through the gate, sometimes in groups as large as 7.

As of this writing, the Rainbow Gate has been on the roof of the Royal Library, West End Branch, for 3 months.

How To Make Big Money Selling Exotic Molds

…step one: find somebody who collects exotic molds
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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: Mages Only
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The author would love nothing better than to give a detailed description of this exclusive club, but unfortunately, he is not a mage of any sort, nor could he find any mages who would or could discuss it. However, although non-mages can never enter the place, it is still a huge tourist draw.

The building itself measures a mere 20 feet on a side, but is rumored to be much larger inside. What makes it a tourist attraction is the fact that every 30 minutes, it changes how it looks.

At one point, it might look like it is burning with green flame, then a bit later, seem to be carved from a single giant bone, but still later, look like an enormous barrel cactus. It can change for up to 3 months before repeating an illusion, and new ones are added every so often.

Viewing the building is free and can be done at any time. The address is #1 Spell Road.

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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: Adventurer’s Guildhall #1

This is the very first Adventurer’s Guildhall ever built. It covers an entire city block in the East End and is said to have between 3 and 5 sub levels in addition to the 4 levels above ground.

Built of marble and decorated within and without with the memorabilia of fallen adventurers, tours are given twice daily of the first floor only. The museum room is large and you can easily spend a few hours there. The gift shop helps support old adventurers, what few there are. The cafeteria serves the public and members decent food at an inexpensive price. There is a recruiting officer on duty during visiting hours.

The Guildhall is open 5 days a week from dawn to dusk. It is located at #1 Adventure Court.

Seven Guys Named George

…keep an eye on them
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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: Embassy Row
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For the tourist interested in world affairs, there is no better place to stroll through than Embassy Row. Along this three block long stretch of Peace Street street, you can see not only the embassy of each of the Four other Kingdoms, but also the 10 countries that have diplomatic ties to Valduria, if not the entire Five Kingdoms.

From the austere Draan embassy, to the exotic Trangellen dome to the breathtakingly beautiful Faery woods, there is something different to see at every stop. The Dragon Isles offer free pastries every morning, while the semi-nomadic Hond love to show off their horses and thraks.

Visitors will be glad to know that and demonstrations of gadgetry at the Gnomish embassy have been fully inspected and approved by the Valdurian Safety Office.

Embassy Row is open from dawn to dusk every day.
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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: The West Gate
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The West Gate of Ekarris is the oldest, largest and most ornate of the four city gates. Built in 982, the gate leads to Old Town and the Docks. Every important visitor to the city, by tradition, has walked through the West Gate.

The gate itself is made from single huge slab of native granite 100 feet wide, 40 feet tall and 10 feet thick. Using earth magic and highly skilled dwarven stoneworkers, the beautiful gate we see today was built.

A small booth tells the story of the gate and shows with pictures and models how it was built. Artists are always about and will gladly paint or draw a picture of tourists in front of the gate, for an agreed upon fee.

The gate can be visited at any time, day or night.

Doctor Silkmelon And Mr. Porkwaffle Arrive In The Serengeti

…where the good doctor plans on collecting samples
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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: Old Podo’s Tavern
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Not every attraction in Ekarris is big and grand. Some are just interesting and, in many cases, steeped in history. Old Podo’s Tavern is one such place.

There are thousands of taverns scattered across the Five Kingdoms and a good many of them are owned and operated by halflings, but Old Podo’s was the very first tavern in all the Five Kingdoms.

Built in 803, when Valduria was not even a dream and humans & halflings had been living on the eastern shore of Serenity Bay for only 3 years, Old Podo’s recently celebrated it’s 800th anniversary. Every king and queen since 803 has come here on their coronation day, drank a pint and carved their name into the bar. A great many rulers of other lands have done the same.

Still owned and operated by the Dabbins family, the tavern is a homey sort of place, well lit and with very comfortable furnishings. The selection of food and drink is excellent.

Besides the many paintings, antiques and written histories you’ll find everywhere in the tavern, the bartenders can relate hundreds of stories about events great and small.

Old Podo’s Tavern is on Old Main Road, on the East End of the City. It opens at the 7th hour and closes at the 24th hour, seven days a week, all year ’round.
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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: The Purple Unicorn
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If ever there was an exact opposite of Old Podo’s Tavern, the Purple Unicorn is such a place. Opened 50 years ago by Lord Travis Redbeard and his fellow members of the Golden Sword Adventuring Team, it is part music hall, part tavern, part casino, part inn and part brothel. It truly has to be seen to be believed.

A massive three story building located at the meeting of the South and West Ends, The Purple Unicorn is actually quite sedate looking from the outside. It is also magically silenced, so that the interior noise never bothers the neighbors. On the roof, you can find a beautiful garden and the modest homes of the surviving Golden Sword Team.

Inside, this very popular establishment never closes, although there are some slow and quiet hours each day. The staff numbers in the dozens during peak hours, and that does not include the musicians or prostitutes.

All manner of gambling is available, from simple dice games to games of skill to boxing/wrestling matches to the ever popular Yurn Races. Honesty and fairness are guaranteed.

The aforementioned prostitutes come in many races, species and sexes. Rates are reasonable and cleanliness is assured. Specialty rooms are available at an extra cost.

The food and drink available at the Purple Unicorn are diverse and excellent.

The Purple Unicorn is always open and is located at #20 Sunshine Way.

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Ten Things You Should Never Ask A Dog

…#1: what does cat poop taste like?
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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: North Market
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Ekarris has four market areas. The East & West Markets are held weekly and feature primarily goods from the eastern farmlands and the sea, respectively. There are wonderful things to be purchased at both.

The South Market is a monthly sale of anything and everything somebody might want to get rid of. The Southside being a working class area, many interesting items can be found, but almost nothing of real value appears.

The North market is also monthly and, given that the Northside is a more genteel neighborhood and includes both the Great University and the School of Magic, is the place to find interesting, rare and sometimes magical items.

The market is neatly laid out to be five quarter mile long rows, all set on a well tended greensward. Tables, booths and tents are set up and the market opens on the 8th hour on Sun Day. Admission is, of course, free and many food carts set up on the streets bordering the market. Strolling musicians and entertainers can also be found there.
The North Market is held every second Sun Day, from 8
th hour until 15th hour. It is located just north of the Great University campus.

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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: The Green Tower
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The Green Tower of the Grand High Wizard, or Green Tower as the locals call it, is the tallest and most unique structure in the city and the country. Built in a single day by the very first Grand High Wizard, Rennael Wintereyes, it has been the home of every Grand High Wizard since. The current occupant is Ool Mandragar, who has lived there these last 90 years.

Standing 350 feet tall, the tower has a veritable forest growing from it. Trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, even grasses seem to be growing right from the walls. Many birds and animals live in this strange vertical wilderness, some found there and nowhere else. A daily light rainfall that just falls on the tower keeps things green.

While there is no public access to the tower, which has no detectable doors, two daily lectures and tours around it are given at the 10th and 16th hours.

The Tower is visible from nearly everywhere in the city and is located across King’s Plaza from the Valdur Castle.

It’s All Fun And Games Until The Spanky Lady Appears

…actually, even then…
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Assorted Trees Of The Magewood: Cypress
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The Magewood is a purposefully enchanted woodland of approximately 20,000 acres. At it’s center is Magewood Village. Part of the enchantment of Mage wood lies in the very trees themselves. Here is one of them.

On the extreme eastern edge of the Magewood, along the Kloo River, grows an enormous cypress. 100 feet tall and 80 feet across, it has stood here for well over 2,000 years. It is home to hundreds of crows.

When trespassers approach, they are met with a storm of angry crows. They are also met with a very strong wind that carryies sticks and small stones in it. Between these two attacks, they are always driven off, usually wounded and bleeding.

The stretch of the Kloo that runs near the cypress is called Cypress Bend. No boatman ever stops there, but they all toss an offering of food onto the shore for the crows.

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Interesting Attractions In Ekarris: The Temple Of Peace
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The great city of Ekarris is both the Capital of the kingdom of Valduria and the Capital of the Five Kingdoms. It is home to nearly 300,000 people. It is also home to many interesting, historical and unusual places.

The Temple of Peace was built in the year 1210 as a monument to the end of decades of troubles between High Elves, Wood Elves, Humans, Dwarves and Halflings. The entire Temple rises 100 feet and is topped by the Five Stars, which glow in light blue and circle the Temple 24/7.

Inside the Temple, one can see lifelike statues of all the kings and queen who worked so hard to broker the peace accords and create the Great Union. Many documents are also preserved here, including the speeches given by the signers.

The Temple is open at all times, with guards and guides ready to serve visitors. Admission is always free.

The Temple of Peace is located at #5 Grand Avenue.
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