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Kaipalu as a city is large, and dark, and imposing. The buildings are the same matte grey-blue Chitin as the Turritella itself, but they have a more rushed and organic look than the smooth and polished surface of the great shell. Instead, they form lumpy, tapered spires, generally four or five stories tall and formed into clusters, connected by tunnels and paths and raised walkways. There is no glass, just roughly-cut holes for windows, with locking shutters that can be pulled closed against intruders and the night. Winding streets are usually wide enough for horses or vehicles, but sometimes new buildings were put up fast enough that planning was overlooked, and they're only wide enough for pedestrians.

There is old technology littered through the city. Streetlights that emanate a fleshy pink or cool blue glow sit on every corner, similar lights hang prominently indoors, running water is a luxury in every home, including plumbing. No one knows where it comes from, or how it works, except for the Scientists.


These somewhat hive-like buildings arrange themselves into clusters. At the center of the city are the most important civic buildings: the sheriff's office and jail, the mayor's office, the church, the post office and bank. Housing moves outward in a random, unplanned, rushed manner, broken by grouping of shops and commerce. Trade and goods and entertainment tend to group by type, but are also dispersed through residential districts, meshing at their boundaries.

They very outskirts of towns, almost into the Countryside, are the poorest and the most run-down. These buildings are small, still new and have a somewhat unfinished look to them. People out here are a ways from the bustling downtown, and are frequently temporary workers or hired hands, either in the city or in nearby farms or ranches.

Life in Kaipalu

Life in the city is diverse and varies hugely from person to person and family to family. Only basic education is provided in a centralized school, and after this, any further learning is gained through private tutors. Most children attend the school and then move on to work, a large number never attending at all. People are expected to work from the age of fifteen up, sometimes starting even younger. Those who join the ranks of the Craftsmen frequently start in on their apprenticeships around the age of twelve, in order to properly learn their trade.

Families have a tendency to stay together, and often children will take on similar jobs to their parents — unless they show a strong talent toward another field. As parents grow older, their children are expected to help and support them; grandparents frequently live with their children and grandchildren, either in one home or in a cluster of smaller buildings near each other.


The weather in Kaipalu is generally hot, dry, and even. Rain is uncommon, and heavy storms so rare that they frequently will flood the streets and leave the entire city soggy, under an inch of water for a day or so. It never freezes, and rarely drops below fifty degrees Fahrenheit. Really, many people would call this a paradise.