The Estates

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Unlike the rambling freedom of the Countryside or the somewhat dark, clustered layout of Kaipalu, the Estates are almost too organized in their breezy, grid-like layout. While the actual appearance of each of the well-guarded, precise family areas varies widely in material, decor, and actual structure, each section of the Estates is rigidly kept separate from the others. Everything has the feel of exquisite care and delicate craftsmanship, of pride in family tradition, of identity and purpose, whether it's the lofty flamboyance of the Wintles or the rough-hewn solidarity of the Calders, the gentle curves of the Rowans or the rumbling tinkery of the Thorpes, or finally even the shining newness of the Halligans, each distinct section of the Estates has its own taste and feel, carefully guarded by walls and personal guards, each family intent on keeping their secrets to themselves.

While each section could be considered a small city by itself, close-knit and isolated, each still has open areas, manicured and decorative. There are parks, gardens, and some shared spaces between the well-kept areas, some of them actually used for gatherings between families that include more than just business deals or social obligations.

Layout

Each section is centered around a "capitol" of sorts, a central area where the oldest, most established members of the Aristocratic family have chosen to make their headquarters. Spiraling out from there in grid patterns or delicate, organized pathways of some kind are additional families and their dwellings, often built up as much as outward, connected by ornate walkways or requiring fancy forms of transportation to reach.

Each family has its own unique style, blatantly different from each other in ways that compliment their distinctions. Most obvious in the capitols and fading toward the walls that mark each division, these differences are accentuated by the residents in dress, decor, and choices in fauna and flora.

Life in the Estates

Each family carefully guards its identity and its secrets, lifestyles of purposeful isolation broken only rarely in community areas with lingering reluctance. Each family member is expected to live within the bounds of their Estate, mingling with others as rarely as possible. Each section is self-sufficient in its own right, still managing to live off the bounties of the Countryside through trade with its vast, leftover wealth.

Each family may reference a similar calendar and get together for certain holidays, but they also celebrate their own inclusive remembrances for various ancestors.

Weather

Like the Countryside, the Estates experience four seasons in a mild, decorative sort of way. They are hardly inconvenient so much as an aide to recognize and celebrate the passage of time. The seasons correspond with Lapidum, but even more carefully controlled than other areas of the Turritella. Only very rarely have there been "accidents" in this well-crafted secondary system, with a handful of disasters marring the histories of various families as obstacles overcome and accomplished.

Specific Estates

Calder Estate

The Calder Estate is one of the starkest of the lot: mostly polished, pale grey Chitin, with a blue-green sheen in the light of day. The buildings are generally very square, geometric, and much less organic than most of the buildings in the Turritella. They frequently have smooth columns and tall windows, the fences strong and stark and unadorned, all of it giving off the impression of weight and solidity.

Wintle Estate

The buildings of the Wintle Estate are much more organic, flowing with a natural and artistic elegance. They have a gothic, ornate quality; the Chitin here is all much darker, almost black, like oxidized iron. The fences have winding, delicate scrollwork or patterns worked into them, and the building are tall and decorated with complicated columns and winding trims. It leaves everything looking a bit fragile, more style than substance — but in reality, it's as strong as it could ever need to be.

Rowan Estate

In the Rowan Estate, comfort seems to be the primary goal. While all the curves and lines of their buildings are certainly deliberately placed, they still leave the Estate looking a bit round, with buildings that flow into other buildings, curved shells, very few walls that separate one room from another. The Rowans live in something of a honeycomb, cave-like, in a very natural shade of Chitin that varies slightly from one section to the other.

Thorpe Estate

In the Thorpe Estate, the buildings are taller than in any of the others: they wind their way upward in jutting towers and narrow walkways between buildings, most people living in apartments instead of 'houses'. The colors are as vibrant as they can be, shades of blue and purple and green, less of the grey that dominates most of the Turritella. Almost every tower has a carriage house, and Walkers fill the public spaces.

Halligan Estate

The Halligan Estate is that closest to Kaipalu, almost butting up against certain parts of the city. It is stark and bare, but very obviously new and well-kept, clean and tidy. There is little personality to this Estate. It was made to be pragmatic. To be used.