3 of Many

Jun. 18th, 2014 01:15 pm
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Patchwork
World Constructed World Mega City


Fenster
Quickchannel Goldendream’s House  of
Houses


From:
Short Interludes withPeculiar Folk of the
Capitol


By:
Pir Earth over Stone Pinepath


Citizen
Fenster is an unassuming type, a man of very limited physical appeal, but with
a certain avidity of intellect that leaves one feeling overmatched once he
begins.  He is very retiring however and
is not easily drawn into conversation.  I
was compelled by his bashfulness to be introduced to him through several
intermediaries.  Once acquainted though,
he was very pleased to make demonstrations of the prodigies that he has
assembled in his home.  When simply asked
about the impressive model of the city in his house, Fenster was strictly at a
loss for how to explain himself he did, however, answer specific questions
easily and without discomfort. 





Sir,
your model is of exceptional design, it is truly a marvel.  May I ask when the idea to create it came to
you? 





Ah, you see, I ah…  So the model itself, here – this building,
just near my own house, as it appears on the model – this was the first
building.  You see, here by the Quick
Channel.  This building was started many
years ago, in two-thousand and eighty-seventh year in fact.  It’s a storehouse for a vintner operating
just outside the city.  I’ve not been to
the winery, but here you can see, the stone I used is the same.  It’s like this with all the models, you
understand, I use the materials of the building they represent.  They were building the storehouse, you see
and I walked by because it was in my path and I found an unused piece of the
limestone – the cladding for the structure. 
You can see it just outside, it’s the same stone.  Well I took the stone and amused myself in my
idle hours by trying to shape it into a replica of the storehouse.  That was a great many years ago, of course,
but here it is, the first.





So
your models are all built from the stone of the built from the same materials
as the building they represent?





Oh, indeed yes, to me,
that’s the main thing.  That they
match.  You know, the first model – the
storehouse, I made it too large.  It was
the stone I had and I didn’t have the skill, then, to make it any smaller.  If I had, I’d not have needed to give up so
much of my house to the model!  But
yes!  Yes, I am told by other enthusiasts,
there are so many of us, it turns out, when a new building is coming in, or a
road.  Some of the foremen, they’re
acquaintances now, friends even, and they’ll… 
Have you met Dion Shortstreet? 
He’s one of the builders - one of the Knights of Craft-  their religion, you know, the Maker
Faith.  They are great supporters of my
avocation, they see it as a holy work, in their religion.  Well Dion, he will always spare me some
material, and sometimes a copy of the architectural diagrams.  If it’s a structure he’s particularly proud
of, he’ll ask for a model of his own, I can hardly help but oblige!  And he’s a good example but hardly the only
one.  They like to help and I like to
show them the work – the builders.  I
understand that a spare model of the Cathedral of Masons that I made is at Wei,
on their hill – the Churchmen, they say it is a subject of some of their
devotion. 





Just
so Fenster, that is where I first heard of your project.  (Fenster is visibly pleased, he squirms at
his workbench)  But this accounts for the
new buildings, as you they are constructed, you gather a spare piece of the
masonry.  What of the older structures,
Klial has many very ancient buildings after all. 





It’s very flattering that
you’ve heard of my work even at Windheart, they spoke of it to you? 





Yes. 





Wonderful.  You’re right of course, you’re right, smart
fellow-  there are so many buildings, old
buildings.  Well, here, look at this one
(He picks up and hands me a carved piece
of wood, it resembles one of the tiny insula that are common on the Oxbows, far
from the city center)
That is a building on a street called Sucker street.  Named for a mollusk of some kind.  That house has stood on the same spot for ten
generations.  Would you believe it?  It’s a very modest old house.  Well? 
Where did I find the wood that would match?  I’ll tell you – I asked them. 





Them?





Yes, the house’s
inhabitants.  I told them I’d like to
take a bit of board from the side or a piece of the roof.  They told me I could.  Well, that house?  They handed me a bit of the roof that had
come off.  You’re best going after a
storm.  In a neighborhood like that. 





How
many houses on just Sucker road?





Sucker Street!  Street. 
Oh, let’s see (He counts, somewhat
slowly, a row of models in his great model of the city) 
Seventy Three, thereabouts, North &
South sides.  There may be more just now,
or fewer.  Very mutable, the oxbows.  I must go back soon. 





And
each of these models is made from the same…


Yes, it has to be exactly
the material that the house is clad in. 
Clad, you see, clothing.  I don’t
fashion the guts of the buildings.  Just
the outsides.





Well
what of the palaces of the Kannyltine! 
Some of those are clad in gold, no?





Oh, aye, they are, they are
that… (He has a forlorn expression that
is immediately revealed to be a farce, he is making a joke at my expense, well,
he is trying to) 
You see.  Gold. 
The Last Kannyltine.  I wrote to
him, you see.  I wrote a letter and I
went to the scribes to have them make it proper, for his eyes, you see, and he
liked my letter.  He sent some people, I
imagine people of very great status to come and see my project here.  I was not present, you understand, I wasn’t
allowed in their company, but they came here and they saw.  They must have liked it very much and said
something to the Kannyltine – he had his own smith here the very next day with
an amount of gold and he showed me how to hammer it into leaves, and I’ve used
the same bit ever since. 





Remarkable!  Do you think that Ettis XLVII came here
himself? 





Oh!  I hadn’t thought of that, but he might
have!  I wish I’d have cleaned up a bit
more!  The gold is nice isn’t it?  A nice touch, but I’m most proud of the
roads.  And the rivers and the bridges,
and the trees.  Oh the trees.  (The
model does have roads, and it does have water and bridges, but it lacks
trees.  Instead there are leaves
positioned throughout the model.
) 
You see, a leaf to match each tree. 
I coat them in wax, they’ll last forever – but the leaves match.





Amazing.  How many buildings are there Fenster? 





Oh, altogether?  Many thousands, probably.  I imagine. 





You
really don’t know?  Exactly?





Ah, yes, I fooled you.  Yes, here it is.  (He
produces a tattered piece of parchment, it is heavily marked)
.  One hundred and forty seven thousand eight
hundred and ninety four.  Well, ninety 6 –
after today. 





Again,
amazing. 





I must return to my work,
but I can answer questions while I do so, I’ve had so much more time, all these
years since I’ve retired from the service. 
Would you be kind and make the coffee though?
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The Sparrow of Myriad Intelligences has the sense to find the matter that interests you. 

Make a mark, one of the radicals that corresponds to the nature of your inquiry, make another and another.  The Groves are many now, the Index is very large, be as clear as you can when you make the marks.  & the Sparrow – your sparrow will fly through the iron trees of the index, the forest of knowledge & find for you the record you seek.  The Sparrow of Myriad Intelligences will return to you, your sparrow, with a little strand of gossamer clutched in its claw.  You will fumble with the thread, try to grasp it.  The Sparrow will cock its head & look at you as you do so.  You will drop the thread, perhaps more than once – again and again the Sparrow of Myriad Intelligences will fetch it out of the air, offering it to you resolutely – you will finally take the strand. 

Following it back to the place, the copse in the Iron Forest – the sparrow will hop to the tree & perch in the right place.  It will raise its head up – its beak will point to the sky & will sing a different song Li-Fa-Li, victorious.  It will have guided you to a place that seems right to it.  The chances are good that it is what you wanted.  You will find the record carved in the tree is in the knot-script etching of the most ancient age. 

You have learned the script & read.  It is the record you sought – you are gratified & offer some sugar to your Sparrow of Myriad Intelligences.  It sings its triumphant song, raising its beak – down then up.  Fa-Li-Fa-Li-Fa.

This is the reason that Proficients are given their lump of sugar, it is the essential tool of our trade. 

You could ask, on your first arrival – why does the Iron Tree use the Iron Forest as its index.  When they could keep sensible records in books, on paper.  Why do they, now we, you’ll think – one of us, if you’re present in the Index, why do we keep these records in this way.  In this secret script that is difficult to learn.  Carved in the iron skin of artificial trees in an artificial forest? 

You’ll ask this as you learn the Forest Script – radicals modified by radicals, angular signs indicating words instead of phonemes.  You will learn it and you will come to wonder why it is that everyone else uses the Double-Pen.  Why not write in the concise, unambiguous script of the forest? 
You might even look into it.  The why, the reasons.  There are a few.  Principally, you will learn that the Forest Script is older than the Double-Pen.  Much older – as old as Klial itself.  You might learn of the Secession of the Trades – which led, 500 years ago now – to the founding of the Church of the Builders – the Crafts Faith.  You might learn of their Celestial Scribe, patron of the scriptoria – who gave to all people the Double-Pen and half-pen but who never offered the Forest Script.  Perhaps he never learned it himself.  It is no small undertaking.

You might glance back – far enough – to the earliest days of the Everliving Dynasty of the Kannyltines – to a long ago dangerous time when the great metropolis at Klial & its tributaries were surrounded not by docile provinces – but by rivals, antagonistic nations from whom secrets had to be kept, who needed to be shown the nature of permanence which is expressed by the Golden Dream and the Tree of Iron. 

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