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Torrahel Clan Palace

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The Torrahel Clan’s home is situated atop an isolated rock cliff at the western end of the Black Mountains, overlooking the Dead Sea. It is a place of gaunt and majestic beauty.

On the east the rock falls in a sheer drop of about 450 meters to the Dead Sea (the lowest point on Feila, some 400 m. below sea level) and in the west it stands about 100 meters above the surrounding terrain. The natural approaches to the cliff top are very difficult.

The rhomboid, flat plateau of Torrahel Compound measures 600 x 300 m. The casemate wall (two parallel walls with partitions dividing the space between them into rooms), is 1400 m. long and 4 m. wide. It was built along the edge of the plateau, above the steep cliffs, and it had many towers. Three narrow, winding paths led from below to fortified gates. The water supply was guaranteed by a network of large, rock-hewn cisterns on the northwestern side of the hill. They filled during the winter with rainwater flowing in streams from the mountain on this side. Cisterns on the summit supplied the immediate needs of the residents of Torrahel Compound and could be relied upon in time of siege.

To maintain interior coolness in the hot and dry climate of Torrahel Compound, the many buildings of various sizes and functions had thick walls constructed of layers of hard dolomite stone, covered with plaster. The higher northern side of Torrahel Compound was densely built up with structures serving as the administrative center of the fortress and included storehouses, a large bathhouse and comfortable living quarters for officials and their families.


Residential palace. On the northern edge of the steep cliff, with a splendid view, stood the elegant, intimate, private palace-villa. It was separated from the fortress by a wall, affording total privacy and security. This northern palace consists of three terraces, luxuriously built, with a narrow, rock-cut staircase connecting them. On the upper terrace, several rooms served as living quarters; in front of them is a semi-circular balcony with two concentric rows of columns. The rooms were paved with black and white mosaics in geometric patterns.

The two lower terraces were intended for entertainment and relaxation. The middle terrace had two concentric walls with columns, covered by a roof; this created a portico around a central courtyard. The lowest, square terrace has an open central courtyard, surrounded by porticos. Its columns were covered with fluted plaster and supported Corinthian capitals. The lower parts of the walls were covered in frescos of multicolored geometrical patterns or painted in imitation of cut marble. On this terrace was also a small private bathhouse.


The storehouse complex. This consisted of two rows of long halls opening onto a central corridor. The floor of the storerooms was covered with thick plaster and the roofing consisted of wooden beams covered with hard plaster. Here, large numbers of broken storage jars which once contained large quantities of oil, wine, grains and other foodstuffs were found.


The large bathhouse. Elaborately built, it probably served the guests and senior officials of Torrahel Compound. It consisted of a large courtyard surrounded by porticos and several rooms, all with mosaic or tiled floors and some with frescoed walls. The largest of the rooms was the hot room (caldarium). Its suspended floor was supported by rows of low pillars, making it possible to blow hot air from the furnace outside, under the floor and through clay pipes along the walls, to heat the room to the desired temperature.


The western palace. This is the largest building on Torrahel Compound, covering over 4,000 square meters (one acre). Located along the center of the western casemate wall, near the main gate, it served as the main administration center of the fortress, as well as the king’s ceremonial palace. It consists of four wings: an elaborate royal apartment, a service and workshop section, storerooms and an administrative unit. In the royal apartment, many rooms were built around a central courtyard. On its southern side was a large room with two Ionic columns supporting the roof over the wide opening into the courtyard. Its walls were decorated with molded panels of white stucco. On the eastern side were several rooms with splendid colored mosaic floors. One of these, the largest room, has a particularly decorative mosaic floor with floral and geometric patterns within several concentric square bands. This room is a throne room, the seat of authority when whoever their leader is, is in residence at Torrahel Compound.
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Murrpau smiled, flashing a grin full of sharp teeth to her big brother, a full avain named Seishirou. "Hey little sister." He greeted her, taking off his eye-patch as they reached a bend in the road, that hid them from view of the Black Mountains.

"Seishirou," she gasped. "Your eye, waht happened to it?" The half-breed stopped and stared at the milky-white eye where there should ahve been a gold orb to match her own.

Seishirou shrugged and replaced the patch. "Well, I got on the wrong side of a lunatic mother weilding a knife. At least my enjiki wasn't hurt."

To that Murrpau made a face. To think a canabalistic tiger was disturbed by Seishirou's treatment of his enjikis. "I dont understand why you toy with them so," she paused looking up as they reached the sheer cliffs that led to her home. Unflurling her wiings she rana nd launched ehrself in the air, Seishirou following at a slower, more elegant pace. "You're jsut like Fila." She growled.

Seishirou smiled. "I'll take that as a compliment." He said with a cheeky grin.

"Of course," She rolled ehr eyes. "YOU would!Anyway," she continued her earlier comment. "Why do you keep them from getting hurt if you're just going to kill them?"

Seishirou grnned. "Why don't you just eat a dead Furry, why do you have to kill them?" He shot back.

Murrpau just growled in return adn landed in the courtyard of the Residental Palace, Seishirou behind her.

They both went their seperate ways after that. Each had their own rooms and apartemnts.



Leanna cursed her mother and whomever had made her home that they ahd to make it so ahrd to get to. She had seen Murrpau (who could miss the lialic and blue flying feline?) and Seishirou fly up the cliff, but nwithter had seen her and paused to carry her, so she had to walk. The three trails that led to her family's home were steep and rarely traversed, meaning if you fell and hurt yourself you might not be found for weeks. With that comforting thought Lea started her hike.

Panting and covered in sweat she finally made it to the top of the cliff. She sniffed the air around ehr and made a face. "Ew." She smelled ripe to say the least. Instead of heading to teh Residential Palace she went to the large bathhouse in the innercoutyard. She tossed her things to the side adn climbed into the bath, still fully clothed. The water hadn't been heated (thanks to Matron Mother Lloth who had been expcting some walking visitors) and it was refreshingly cool.
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Kris finally made it to the path,"Man I forgot how steep this was."He started his hike up the trail,taking a break half way,"I hope that I can make it with out falling,"Kris started laughing as he grabed his things and started up again.When he got to te top he went to the bathhouse to cool off.When he got their he saw Lea in there already,"Mind if I join?"He set his pack the down next to the edge of the water.
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Leanna perrked up. "Hey, big brother, how are you?" Its was only by a few months, not even ayear, but Lea loved to tease Kris about the fact hat he was ODLER than she was. She slipped out of the bbath, it had gone from refreshingly cool to her to cold as her tempeture adjusted. "What have you been up to?" she went into one of the dressing rooms adn changed clothing. "Have you gone to see Mother yet? I saw Murrpau and Sei-chan on my way up here."
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"I have been doing good Lea,and no I haven't gone to see mother yet,I wanted to get cooled off first then I was gonna go put my things in my room and go see her.But how have you been?I missed seeing you all the time."Kris walked over to Lea and gave her a big hug.
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Lea smiled and hugged Kris back. "I'm the same, clean first, then settled then Mother." She picked her bag up. "I've been good, I barely made it back to the Hunting Serpent, after I went dancing for the Reptiles," she shuddered. "Mangy lot, they are. Anyway," she started to the door. "I'm going to go get settled then annoy the heck out of Murrpau and Sei-chan, want to come?" Her grin fit a fox perfectly.
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"I'll be up in a minute.And did you close up the Hunting Serpent?I made sure that The Singing Fox was locked up since I don't want anything stolen."Kris took off his shirt and got in the bath with his shorts still on.
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"no, I met a girl," Lea immeditly expected her brother to start teasing her about meeting a girl. "While I was dancing and we hit it off, so I let her keep the place open."
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Kris turned and faced Lea,"Well I'm glad you met someone that you can trust.I guess I should have found someone that could run the Singing Fox for me,oh well.What is this girl like?"Kris leaned forward.
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Lea shook her head, ducking her face to hide it from Kris. She quickly turned adn started out of the room. "I'll tell you later, you need to abthe," at this she turned and offered him a smirk. "You're stinking to high heavena dn back, older brother!" With that she dashed out of the room before he could throw anythign at her.
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Cort looked up at the avian that was carrying him and pointed at the bath house. "Down there." As they moved closer, Cort could see Kris and Lea in one of the baths. "Thanks for the ride, Delak."

"No problem," replied the larger avian as he let go. He waved and flew off.

Cort dropped like a rock and landed in courtyard.
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Kris turned to see him land in the courtyard,"Yo Cort!What took ya so long?"Kris got out of the bath and walked over to Court.
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Cort turned to see Kris. "Hey, had some trouble finding a way to get here."
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"Well all I had to do was walk.Where were you at?"Kris looked up to see Delak fly off.
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LLeanna turned at the foot of teh marble-rock stairs to see Cort drop. she winced in sympathy. "You alright?" She called to him. "And how did you have trouble finding this place? ts the only castle on top of a fuckin' cliff in the Dark Mountains." honestly, boys could be so dim some times.

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