[Taocow PBEM] Chapter XII - Through The Looking Glass Once Again OOC:

Aaron Clausen mightymartianca at gmail.com
Tue Jun 12 18:46:57 BST 2007

J L wrote:
> OOC:  What is nearby?  rees, stone walls, fences. 
> Describe a bit of the surrounding scenery please?

It is a pastoral, snow-covered landscape.  There are small copses of 
trees here and there, but other than that it is rolling pasture land. 
There are raised lines in the snowing suggesting short fences or walls 
underneath the snow.  Cows can be seen grazing on stacks of fresh hay, 
obviously put out after the latest snowfall.  In all but one direction 
(north), this is largely what the land looks like.  To the south and 
east there are low hills.  To the west there is more pasture land, 
extending for many miles, with the odd small house or barn to be seen. 
A river winds along from south to east, following the line of the hills 
before disappearing behind them.  The river itself, or perhaps another 
one, reappears to the north of the town.

The town, or what you can see of it, is ringed by a wall of stone and 
mortar that is perhaps twenty feet high.  It's about a mile off, but 
guards can be seen walking along the top of the wall.  Beyond the wall 
can be seen a good deal of woodsmoke, suggesting at least several 
hundred houses.  Many of the roofs can be glimpsed, and indicate 
traditional building methods of shingles and tiles.  There are no 
obvious signs of high technology, and the building styles and the wall 
suggest a somewhat low-tech town.  Some telephone poles can be seen, 
suggesting electricity to homes and at least some sort of phone system.

The snow blankets the scene, so evidence of battle may be hidden, but 
there are no obvious signs of any recent conflict.  There are no ley 
lines visible.  If anything, to the eyes of 20th century dwellers like 
Ted and Lady Frost, it seems, other than the defensive wall, to be the 
idyllic early 20th century small country town.

Aaron Clausen
mightymartianca at gmail.com

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