Domus Exsulis

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A Forgotten Room Behind A Forgettable Door

by on Apr.14, 2018, under Domus Exsulis

This is a door not many of our visitors seem to notice. Which is to say, it is a door that has always existed but people tend to forget it is there because it is so nondescript that somehow your brain tells you it cannot exist. A more canny visitor may discern that a spell has been laid upon the door. Perhaps you, intrepid visitor of this house as vast as some worlds, seem to have known better. For here you are, within a room as forgettable as the door. The walls are of stone, and someone has thrown down a carpet that has seen much, much better days. There is a medicinal stench which is most peculiar. Apart from the carpet, the door and the walls, the only other things to notice are the furniture, and the blue-framed windows, which are open. Walking to the window you will see the herb and vegetable gardens that lay just beyond the Kitchen Witch’s domain. Beyond that, a low line of hedges separating the grounds of Domus Exsulis from the vastness of green fields, undulating downwards towards the long Mishgalaveri Vale.

You decide it is not an unpleasant room, despite the medicinal smell. You sit down at the  simple white desk, rattling at the drawers which will not open. Perhaps you are in need of a key? You hold that thought, and amble back to the antechamber in pursuit of other rooms, and other adventures.

(Hint: Come back another day and there may well be drawers to open!)

 

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The Door That Leads to the Sea

by on Apr.12, 2018, under Alta Exsilii, Domus Exsulis

Opening this door is unadvised, unless you have mer-blood in you, unless you are willing to brave what comes. Gently, put on this mask that will allow you to breathe underwater. Gently, for the watermaidens do not take kindly to strangers.

Awkwardly, you will bumble into the waters that lie just beyond the Lagoon of Secrets before it breaks into the deep azure blue of Alta Exsilii. Above you, seagulls will sing their unlovely song of food and of the beat of wings against the oft-savage breezes of a faery sea.  The waters here are not deep, and come up to the waist of a human being of average height. If you enter this doorway, you will not be able to return the way you came. Chin up. You may be able to wade back through the Lagoon of Secrets! Or a fishersprite on a coracle might deign to return you to the domus.

 

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