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Poem: "Zee"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

In a sense, it is. It has some awareness and ability to respond. It's not made of flesh the way some of the monsters are, though. It can perceive but I don't believe it thinks quiet the way humans -- or even the other monsters -- think.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 5th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Reminds me of Lyria's fortress, a little. She learned from a Fae friend how to make her fortress into a knowe. As a knowe, it is MUCH bigger on the inside than it seems to be on the outside, and is alive. It also has a variability of size and dimensions, internally; it can expand, contract, and rearrange things without disrupting other areas.

In fact, there's a throwaway line in one chapter where Lyria mentions that they found a dead body in a closet once, the remains of someone who tried to break in and somehow succeeded (but also failed, obviously). I haven't written the story from the dead person's perspective yet, but I got parts of it in my mind. However he managed to get in... once he got in, the fortress kept messing with its own internal geometry around him until it tricked him into walking into a closet, where it then made the door disappear behind him. Poor fool must have died of dehydration.

But on the other end of the spectrum from that, one of the floors of the fortress is basically this several dozen square mile village and farmland, where her servants grow all the food. So that one floor on its own is at least half a dozen or a dozen times larger than the outside of the fortress. (This, and the fotrtress's water recycling, also means they can withstand a siege indefinitely.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>In fact, there's a throwaway line in one chapter where Lyria mentions that they found a dead body in a closet once, the remains of someone who tried to break in and somehow succeeded (but also failed, obviously).<<

That is so cool.

>>But on the other end of the spectrum from that, one of the floors of the fortress is basically this several dozen square mile village and farmland, where her servants grow all the food. <<

*nod* Faery mounds are like that.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 5th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Yup. I actually got the idea of Lyria's fortress being a knowe after reading some of the October Daye books by Seanan McGuire. :-D
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 5th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)

PS

Oh also, Lyria's got the area around the fortress rigged so that the only way for most people, even mages, to get to the front door is to climb a few hundred feet of stairs carved into the mountain the fortress sits upon. The stairway is only wide enough for one person at a time to climb it, and there is no railing to prevent a fall. As an added precaution, the stairs can be commanded to disappear, thus turning into a slide. If you're lucky, you'll somehow manage to slide all the way down safely. If you're not so lucky, you fall to your death.
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