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Poem: "Down the Drain"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)



I do like everyday magic, and I really like Ehlon's solutions. <<

Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

>>I am very impressed that you made the sewers seem a magical place (I am sure that they aren't).<<

Ah, but they can be, if you know what makes them so; even in our world. I have a thing for kidney gardens and swamp filters -- little ecosystems designed to purify wastewater, because Nature has designs for that which can be copied. Now this particular sewer doesn't look like it was designed that way from scratch, but has attracted its own ecosystem and people have learned to assist the beneficial elements. The gatormaids are probably predators. The dung dragons manage methane and prevent it from building up to cause dangerous explosions. The brick wights ... I think they're kind of pests, because they do wreck brick and mortar, but they're probably also the ones who deal with cave-ins and other rubble/obstruction problems. And the mireslime is a kidney organism, removing contaminants from water.

Sometimes magic is what you make of it. Part of the point to this poem is that Ehlon got stuck in an unglamorous job that was totally not what he wanted, but instead of sulking forever or fleeing town, he kept an open mind ... and discovered that there was a lot more going on down there than he realized at first. He's a better Watermage for those discoveries, too.
eseme From: eseme Date: July 7th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

I will admit to also being intrigued by gardens designed to filter water. They put one in at a new Lake Resource center that opens this fall.

I'll have to take a look.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 7th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

They're really cool and can be beautiful as well as functional. There are deepwater versions that use floating plants such as water hyacinth (which I've grown for fun). There are marsh versions with shallow water that run kind of a maze structure. Then there are gravelbed versions where the water is all kept below the surface. They all use different structures and plants.

Here's one example:
siege From: siege Date: July 7th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Bloomington has a park which acts as a large, long kidney garden for rain-storm overflow.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 8th, 2011 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Woohoo! Go urban design!
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