- Posted: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:42:22 +0000
~Cartesia The Wandering Inn~
A four story tall building of Victorian design seems to materialize itself into the empty space between the two buildings you were walking by, most people don't seem to notice it. The few who glance in its direction only ignore it. For some reason you feel yourself irresistibly drawn to it the longer you stare the more beautiful it becomes to your eyes. As though you are in a daze your legs bring you forward; moving on their own without any conscious thought on your part. You snap to your senses as the front door slams itself shut behind you and disappears The room you are in seems to be decorated like a bar. On the far side of the large room is a bar made of a dark wood. One wall houses a gigantic fireplace that takes up most of the wall burns with a pale green light despite a lack of any wood or a visible source of fuel for the fire. The wall opposite the fireplace is lined with books. Near the fireplace the floors are soft carpet. By the bar the floor is a hardwood that resembles the wood of the bar and it has round tables randomly arranged with chairs that do not match each other. However the bookshelves have a set of soft recliners and couches that all look similar.
The second through fifth floors are mostly laid out like hotel rooms of various sizes and designs. The Sixth and seventh floors are a large library with a large telescope on the top. The back door leads to a very large greenhouse with a garden and a small artificial lake inside it. The glass is unbreakable and almost always seems to have a heavily wooded area outside of it regardless of the inn's location. The basement of the inn leads to an extensive natural cave system, there is single passage that leads to an underground hot spring, the cave that houses it is well lit by a greenish glow with no obvious source. There is a doorway that leads to a complex maze of apparently natural cave tunnels. Most people who have tried to explore the maze have never come back.
Cartesia was built years ago under circumstances that none living can elaborate on, none of it's original inhabitants if any are now living in it. It could be decades or even hundreds of years old. It remodels itself slightly over time so determining it's original age is next to impossible. It travels across time space and dimensions drawing beings into itself then sealing them in. Sometimes it lets its inhabitants leave for short periods of time only to pull them back in, on other occasions it has been known to completely abandon residents, sometimes back home but more often on a random world.