Sailing on Stormy Seas 🌩Watch this thread
Making this so I have somewhere to call my own where I can post, even if much less frequently than my previous blogs which are now all rotting cadavers in this site’s recycle bin. An inglorious end, but it really was for the best.
The entrance to this dimension is in the real world, a house in Oxford in fact. So I walk through the door but instead of stepping into this house I step into a new world, the door opens onto a landscape, open nature. About 100 m in front of me there is the most enormous and beautiful castle that has ever existed. As I look back the entrance to this world which from the real world is a house in Oxford, from this world is a tree. So there's a thick tree with an old and crooked door in it which if open allows me to see into Oxford. As I walk over the grass towards the castle there's a river running across the landscape that also circles the entire castle and forms a natural moat. Within this castle complex there's a huge hexagonal tower slightly separated from the main castle. Based loosely on the real Raglan Castle:
The lounge section of the tower has a glass bridge that connects it to the main castle which contains an enormous and elaborate banquet hall. Like this but bigger:
Back to outside. As you approach the castle there is no way to cross the moat. What happens is as you get close a bridge appears that leads you over the water and to the castle's doors which are also unique. They are enormous and entirely made of glass and also depict knights, mythological creatures, heralds, coats of arms and so on, but this time the figures don't move. And the figures are in very vibrant colours so that when the sun shines through them they cast shimmering lights in the water as well as the great entrance to the castle. And once one is over the bridge it vanishes, it only appears when someone needs to cross the moat and afterwards it dissolves into nothingness.
The moat and the entire river is composed of water that is of the highest clarity, indistinguishable from the cleanest glass. It could be hundreds of metres deep and you'd be able to see the bottom as if it were just air that filled it instead of water. In fact, this is a characteristic feature of this world: all bodies of water, no matter how big or deep are crystal clear, even the oceans, which look like flowing glass. You can stand on a cliff and clearly see the whales and sharks even though they may be hundreds of metres below the surface.
Moving onto the fauna. This world contains many of the same species as Earth: deer, foxes, ducks, pheasants, pigeons, rats, mice and so on. The same goes for trees, there are oaks, elms, silver birches, beeches and many more. But there are also many species that are unique to this dimension: trees whose leaves and branches produce a soft light and make it possible to see at night. Translucent trees where one can see all the inner veins and other features. Deer with black fur and silver horns. I am in the process of designing more unique animals and plants.
Behind the castle there is an almost infinitely dense and extensive forest of deciduous trees. All trees in this world are deciduous, there are no pines or evergreen plants. This world contains other forests, lakes, valleys, mountains, fields, moors, bogs, gorges, cliffs, stunning coastlines, huge oceans. Natural landscapes generally reminiscent of Europe. There are also 3 moons in the night sky arranged in a C shape and they are all in different stages of the lunar cycle, one could be a full moon, the other crescent and the other gibbous. It is very rare for all 3 cycles to match and only happens roughly once every 377 years. There are seasons but they aren't as extreme as on Earth, winter lasts only about 2 months and the rest of the year is more of an early summer feel, warm but not too hot. Most days have a clear blue sky and a shining sun yet by magic all the plants are sustained even though it doesn't rain much. Every so often I cause bad weather and huge thunderstorms to happen so that the novelty of the summer weather doesn't wear off.
On the great grass plain between the entrance to this world and the castle there is a masterpiece of a tree. It rises from the earth and at some point its thick trunk splits in two and each side grows into a tree, so it's two trees that share a single trunk. The trunk and branches of this tree are completely transparent and it gives off light. You can see the veins of glowing light travelling up the tree. One side of the tree has leaves and big fruit that glow the most glorious gold and the other tree has leaves and flowers that glow the most sumptuous silver. During the day the golden side shines very bright and the silver side is very dim. As the day wears on the golden side gets dimmer and the silver side shines stronger. There is a glorious moment in the evening where both lights are at about the same intensity and this moment is known as the mingling of the lights. The golden side then becomes dim and the silver side glows bright throughout the night. The Sun and Moon tree. And below this glorious creation there is a nice picnic table where guests can sit at on warm summer evenings and nights while chatting, laughing and drinking while a bonfire burns nearby and the crickets sing in the background. The most beautiful place in existence.