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Post by Dark Avorian on Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:18 pm

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Pallis is unusual in that it has a very low portion of it's surface area covered in water. Normally this would probably lead to the downfall of life, but a certain set of huge devices positioned along the edge at some time in the past provide huge quantities of water via massive aquaducts above the land.

The massive beasts, known as the Mouths of the Creators are strange stone monoliths that draw in clouds from above the lower world and condense them, they then shoot water in huge jets along aqueducts that carry the water further inland
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Post by 3mptylord on Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:04 pm

You imagine fog everywhere? There's the mistrise which is a tide of magic-saturated mist that isn't particularly healthy, and it does rain. But condensing the cloudsea (the expanse of cloud surrounding Pallis) is what the Mouths do - dispensing the water in adqueducts. Smile

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Post by Zectiox on Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:24 am

so empty, could you make a mouth that is dispensing the water to "my" adqueducts ;D.. I have some ideas but I want to see your version ;D if the "faces" are pointing out or in on the edges of Pallis? Tongue
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Post by 3mptylord on Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:35 am

Procrastination Man, will come to the rescue later. Wink

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Post by Zectiox on Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:56 am

suure Tongue The water-supply is in the air... tada water-supply is in the air... Tongue
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Post by Dragon78114 on Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:55 am

what I imagine a giant statues of Forerunner heads with a stone column protruding from the mouth where there is like a glowing blue orb on top of it and the water falls off it like a fountain and collects in the mouth. If unused, the water will overflow and the superfluous water will evaporate. (The water is protected by magic to keep from evaporating.)
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Post by 3mptylord on Fri Dec 31, 2010 10:20 am

Ooh, an interesting idea for wells - although I think something other than a mouth could be used... maybe no, I guess. I suppose the forerunner heads might be more appropriate here because their drapes could conseal most detail so it's just a mouth filled with water. Smile

But the actual Mouths are currently positioned around the brink drawing in the cloudsea. Within the column, the water is dispensed and let to flow out the back along aqueducts. Or, a few do. A lot of the aqueducts have fallen into disarray, and now the water just spills onto the ground and back off the edge again. Wink

Well, that's how I believe Dark envisioned them. In my head the mouths were spitting out the water, rather than drawing it in. I guess there could be multiple faces... and many faced column? I don't think they were going to be of the Forerunner either... it seems a bit vain that they would construct it in their image anyway, rather than something decorative like a creature. Tongue

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Post by Dragon78114 on Fri Dec 31, 2010 2:53 pm

Or why have it in image of themselves? Couldn't their statuary could be abstract and representational rather than realistic?
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Post by 3mptylord on Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:18 am

They wouldn't that was my point. But abstract representations might work, like the Easter Island heads. Smile

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Post by Duskcurse on Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:25 am

Hum 3mpty the heads in easter island are actually tombs, or markers for the territory of a tribe, I can't remember it well
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Post by Dragon78114 on Sat Jan 01, 2011 9:41 am

I don't think so...... The moai are more of ancestral markers. They are not created for burial purposes.
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Post by 3mptylord on Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:55 pm

I merely brought them up for their abstract, yet human appearance. Tongue

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Post by Dragon78114 on Sat Jan 01, 2011 6:36 pm

hm... I was thinking on the lines of geometric motifs with a postmodern twist Tongue


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http://outdoor.fountains101.com/s/10048/MyProducts/modern_fountains/modern_designer_abstract_fountain.jpg

the top of the fountain is what I'd keep. Have the suspended circle be the orb and have the water drip down. There should be like a mixture between a Mayan and Corinthian column below, connecting it to the basin of the Mouth.

http://www.doughaysart.com/commissions/images/28_AbstractFountain.jpeg

The edge of the mouth would look similar to this fountain, having it be of course more coarse and blocky, but could be inscribed with symbols of the lost language. Of course most of it is undetectable since the stone has eroded away in some parts.

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Mayan column:

http://homepage.mac.com/cbracken/travel/mexico/chichen_itza/images/bee_man.jpg
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Post by Zectiox on Sun Jan 02, 2011 5:46 am

wow that sounds interesting indeed : ) continue please : )
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Post by 3mptylord on Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:29 am

Wow. Would these, by Forerunner standards, merely be decorative? I don't imagine a powerful race still using communal wells/fountains as actual water sources. Smile

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Post by Dragon78114 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:16 pm

Who said things can't be useful and decorative? Tongue

The Romans are great example. Take for instance Point du Gard and the Roman aqueducts.
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Post by 3mptylord on Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:45 pm

The Pont du Gard is an aqueduct, isn't it?

But I mean... whilst these decorations might still be used; plumbing and otherwise portable/residential means have replaced them? The point I was getting at is that we still have fountains and wells, but underground and taps are more commonly.

Impatience is a virtue. Smile

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Post by Dragon78114 on Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:53 pm

3mptylord wrote:The Pont du Gard is an aqueduct, isn't it?

But I mean... whilst these decorations might still be used; plumbing and otherwise portable/residential means have replaced them? The point I was getting at is that we still have fountains and wells, but underground and taps are more commonly.

Impatience is a virtue. Smile

Yes Pont du Gard is an aqueduct, but it is probably the best preserved example.

Well, there could be a plumbing system under the mouth. When the aqueducts went into Rome, they were also a complex plumbing system with the mouths at the fanciest or most utilitarian fountains.

I mean, I some fountains will not be perfectly preserved, but others are due to the magical force creating the drinkable water.
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Post by 3mptylord on Sat Jan 08, 2011 3:14 pm

Oh, I'm not questioning the Mouths and the aqueducts. I was questioning the fountains. I don't object to them, just, we didn't need wells after we got plumbing. Wink



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