Doorways and What They Lead To

The website’s been a little barren lately, but in the next coming days and weeks, things should start to pick up around the site as I’m able to post more and more of what I’ve been working on during the early part of the kickstarter.

But this post isn’t about the kickstarter. It’s about some doors. A while back I had a thought about what information you could figure out about each sentient species based on specific things, like their architecture along with other aspects of their culture. Doorways were a simple start rather than trying to construct all the different kinds of buildings for each sentient species. So, with doorways we start:

  • The Xiruen have pretty simple doorways, stone pillars and large stone doors that provide the ability to close off the harsh elements of their worlds, be it extreme cold or heat. They make things with straight lines, but like their corners to be cut in like jigsaw pieces. They’re very tall and large doorways that consist mostly of the door. On the doors themselves are indented and raised cross sections which serve as handles just as much as they do for decoration.
  • The Avotoc’s doors resemble ships to some extent and aren’t too large so that Avotoc can get in, but also allow other sentient species entry. The doors themselves are actually round and roll from side to side in a wooden pathway cut underneath the door frame and controlled by the handle on the left. Though they work mostly with wood, you can find stone basins growing ice clusters outside the doors of prominent families that reflect their pride. The banner/standard hung atop the door frame also contains the symbol of the family living in the residence.
  • Kettlah doors are distinctive for their stained glass comprising the majority of their dwellings and doorways. They have large stone pillars on either side that are very ornate and intricately carved, with the natural luminescent plants of their worlds above the door. Their handles are small and simple, but the Kettlah have no problem wrapping their hands around the handle. The doors are usually symmetrical, but the stone and its growth atop the door can be asymmetrical.
  • Poria doorways are like everything else Poria, function over form. Large rustic metal doors adorned with wooden crossbeams are placed between entryways that are usually arched but can be squared like Xiruen doors. The entryways are simply laid brick with two steps leading up to the door, which always is a step down once inside. The wooden crossbeams can be painted and this is the only distinction of individuality. They are able to be easily pushed open and closed, unless barred from inside.
  • Quarryn doors were going to be tricky, because they live inside giant trees that are coaxed slowly over time into becoming homes that continue to grow over time with the family inside. Because the Quarryn are blind and “see” by their other senses– a silent, still, lifeless doorway is prohibitive to Quarryn functioning normally, especially the young. There can be more than one entrance to a Quarryn home if the roots grow that way, but there is always one main entrance large enough to easily fit a Xiruen.
  • Sha’an doorways resemble Turath doorways in idea, though never in practice. Two pillars flank the doorway, though they’re never fully upright, instead made to lean slightly outward. What started as a result of the constant government turnover became habitual, like many aspects of Sha’an life. The homes are usually powered by steam or burning minerals of some sort and the smoke is released above the doorway. Beside the smoke release are angular functions covered in a metallic thatch made from metal shavings.
  • Turath doorways are both futuristic and classically ornate, owing to the development of the culture-blending practiced by the Turath. Above and around the doorway is a stone scroll, decreeing the residents of the home, as well as a blessing of Turath.  The eight rings around the pillars represent the eight Deities, and if a family worships another Deity along with Turath, a blessing to them would be inscribed on their ring. All eight rings are present no matter the family’s preference for worship. The doors are largely polished metal, though the shiny-gray parts are the special material developed by the Turath that is luminous though it is as strong and resilient as most metals. This metal is found on most buildings, but in homes it is built right into the doors themselves.