M Helsdon Posted November 16, 2022 Report Share Posted November 16, 2022 (edited) I will be bringing a draft hardback of this Jonstown Compendium title to Dragonmeet (rail strikes permitting) for Nick Brooke's JC display. The text is complete, barring final proofreading, with some art still placeholders. Cover and lettering by Mark Smylie. 𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐨𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐭 The merchant round ship, the 𝑆𝑒𝑎 𝑀𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝐾𝑎𝑟𝑠𝑒, is towed into the harbor of Nochet towards the Long Docks. This is common practice, as the winds of the Mirrorsea are gentle in the sailing season, and rather than drift slowly in on a convenient breeze, using the sweeps, Captain Vareena has engaged the services of some sturdy tugs. Her husband, Lartan the steersman, leans by the tillers, keeping a wary eye out for other traffic. The Sea Mistress has her sail brailed up, her deck crew now idle as they wait to make land, when they will throw lines ashore to moor her. Other ships are already tied up, but there is plenty of space for her. The city, in all her glory, boasts a wealth of temples and shrines, and other brightly painted buildings. The plaza of the Great Market lies before the ship, and the arcaded length of the temple of Issaries rises, tier on tier, said to be the richest in the world. Nochet, as the most cosmopolitan and opulent of cities, claims to be His most holy place. Here, and in the market, gather traders from across the mortal world, the stalls are filled with exotic luxuries. The goods in the 𝑆𝑒𝑎 𝑀𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠’ hold will find eager buyers. Already some factors on the quay are eagerly waiting to discuss trade. Tax inspectors are also waiting to collect the tolls and harbor dues. Beyond Issaries’ temple, to the west and a little to the north can be seen the imposing edifice of the Grace Temple of Ernalda, with its looming towers. It is one of the two greatest temples to Ernalda in all Glorantha, the other being at Ezel. Surrounded by the galleries of shrines lies Ernalda’s Garden, a tower at each corner, decorated with carvings of the Earth Goddesses. The form of the temple describes a square, and it also descends deep into the Earth despite the proximity of the waters of Choralinthor Bay. If the Grace Temple is ancient, then the temple of Dormal is new, barely forty years old, a place of pilgrimage for all sailors. Set upon stone piers it seems to float upon the water, which lends it the name of Dormal’s Floating Temple. There are shrines within to all the Sea Gods. A boat-shrine, used in Dormal’s festivities lies at anchor. To the far right of the docks can be glimpsed the Harbor Master’s Tower. This is older than Dormal’s temple, as the trade across the Mirrorsea was unaffected by the centuries of the Closing. As they approach the docks, the passengers and crew exchange greetings and news with a patrolling triaconter, for far-sailing ships are the best source of tidings from distant lands. Two merfolk negotiate their services to clean the underwater hull with a sailor. Edited November 16, 2022 by Nick Brooke 11 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.