Tiax's Temple: Within The Light
A soft, warm golden light fills this round chamber. Cascading down from above,
the gentle rays of the morning sun pour in through an open oculus in the dome
ceiling. Wide channels of clear crystal set in the ceiling and walls carry the
light downward, bathing the entire sanctum in pure, glowing, harmonious light.
The material of the structure around you is made of a stone you cannot discern.
It has the silky texture of marble, but none of its coldness. Archways lead to
various other parts of the building, presumably living quarters for those who
(Blue Aura)An ornate bronze sundial rests in the center of the chamber.
Look bronze sundial
This sundial is a beautiful example of Dwarven craftsmanship. Made of
burnished bronze, it glows within the pillar of light that streams in
from the oculus above.
Short description: a bronze sundial cloak clasp
Long Description: This cloak clasp is crafted of bronze and bears a tiny sundial on its surface.
Like a compass guides the lost, this sundial will always show its
bearer the proper Way of the Sun.
A wide alcove in the curving wall to the north perfectly frames and contains a
beautiful fountain. The play of the sun's light on the tumbling water is almost
mesmerizing, and the sound it creates as it tumbles over the bronze abstract
sculpture at it's center is both soothing and somehow spiritual as well. Three
beautiful mosaics have been crafted as backdrop to the fountain.
(Look Mosaic1, etc, to view)
Upon the curving east wall, a beautiful wide plaque decorated with amber,
citrine, and topaz details the entry requirements for the Defenders of the Sun.
* You need to be off level 10 effectively. In rare cases Tiax will allow you in
before reaching that level. Individuals in the following who are level 10 to 19
are known as Apprentices. Those above level 20 are named Defenders.
* Applicants must be players in good standing within the TFC Community.
* Everyone wishing to join the Defenders must first complete a challenge. This
challenge will be open to all comers, and must have at least two contestants.
These will be administered by Tiax or his second in command, and will take place
periodically with a note pre-announcing them. Applicants should have at least a
standard set of equipment. Realize that by participating in the challenge, you
accept the inherent risks. The Defenders and Tiax are not responsible for deaths
or lost corpses of those taking up the Challenge.
* Descriptions are required for both members and those entering the Challenge.
They are not judged on writing, but on whether it is fitting or not. ASCII
graphics or the same line repeated over and over again are not appropriate.
To the south, a wide set of brass-bound doors of golden oak stand wide open,
leading to the Temple grounds outside. To the right of the doors hangs a huge
beam, which could easily be lowered to bar the way of any intruder seeking to
defile or disrupt this place of peace and beauty.
Upon the curving west wall, a beautiful wide plaque decorated with amber,
citrine and topaz details the rules of the Defenders of the Sun:
* I want you to have fun. If something bothers you, talk to me first, or the General
before taking action.
* I want you to obey orders. Those who are of higher rank in the following should
be obeyed. Rank is NOT directly linked to level, but rather skill and sense of
responsibility. Keep an eye on the board notes and websites to learn who holds
which rank. If you think someone is abusing their rank, contact me. Abuse of rank
will be punished severely.
* Help one another! I want everyone to feel welcome and a part of this group.
* Individuals who have harmed the following are named Eclipses. There is to be no
trading with, grouping with, or helping these people. Just like the moon passes
before the sun, blocking its light, those named Eclipse seek to darken our world,
dimming the light of the Defenders.
* Always behave as if I am watching you. Who knows, I might be, when you do not
The golden light of the sun fills your gaze, no matter the hour. It is not the
harsh light of high noon, but instead the gentle illumination of morning. Wide
bands of clear crystal carry the light downward into the temple. Between them,
intricate and beautiful murals have been painted.
(Look Mural1, etc, to view)
Under foot lies a burnished floor of golden oak planks, each carefully set in
place so that not so much as a mote of dust could fall between them.
LOOK mosaic mosaics
The curving niche that houses the fountain has walls decorated with three
mosaics that each tell an important tale of the priesthood of the sun.
(Look mosaic1, etc to continue)
In this mosaic, a young man wearing priestly robes is depicted performing a
ritual at sunrise. He collects the morning dew in a clear crystal goblet and
lifts it up to the sun. Sediments are visible in the water. Beams of light
stream down through the glass and dissolve away the impurities, leaving only
pure water behind, just as the light of truth casts away the stain of lies.
In this mosaic, a middle-aged man wearing priestly robes is depicted performing
the midday ritual. The priest uses a curved bit of clear glass to focus the sun's
rays to create a fire, burning some straw and wood upon an altar. The power of
the sun can be either a tool or a weapon. Like anything, it can be used for
good or ill.
In this mosaic, an old man wearing priestly robes is depicted performing the
ritual of sundown. As the sun sets, the man scatters scented herbs and dried
flowers in respect to the sun's power, and acknowledgement of the cycle of
life. Even the sun fades for a time, only to be renewed and return with each
LOOK mural murals
There are four murals pointed on the ceiling between the crystal channels
upon the ceiling. They were painted in bright, luminous colors that seemingly
glow in the golden light.
(Look mural1, etc to view)
This carefully painted mural shows the birth of Tiax in the dwarven town of
Lineaoth Valley, and his initiation into the mysteries of the priesthood and
the warrior craft.
This carefully painted mural shows Tiax kneeling upon the beautiful marble
steps leading up to the altar of the Tigers. Other images show some of the
adventures he enjoyed in Trippers loyal service, including his wedding to
his beloved Lady Riella, the light of his mortal life.
This carefully painted mural shows Tiax kneeling in prayer, meditating before
his guildmaster more and more often as he sought for some greater meaning in
life. A vision comes to him - that of the glowing Sun.
This carefully painted mural shows Tiax as the Ascended Lord of the Defenders,
happily caring for his charges, and helping them shape their destinies.
LOOK channel channels crystal
The crystal channels running down the ceiling and wall are made of some
form of gemstone, perhaps citrine. Then the light within them shift, and
you realize that the wide bands are made of pure energy - the sun itself.
Tiax, leader of the Defenders of the Sun, Intermediate Power of the Sword.
Following's self-perceived alignment: Neutral.
Brief following description:
The Defenders are a close knit group of adventurers who dare
to take a risk and do cunning quests. To get in one should
prove themselves to Tiax, or the General of Challenges.
The Defenders are expected to help each other and seek out
adventures. Tiax will help them in any way he can.
More rules, requirements and information can be viewed at:
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