Given that Charles Dexter Ward has claimed a number of minor manses, they now get full writeups – even if some of them are minor enough to be fairly simple.
Rasarin’s Vista is a small forest retreat, where the Solar Exalt Rasarin retired to meditate and observe a network of gardens and small waterfalls hosting communities of water mammals that had been awakened to sapience. There, in rustic simplicity beside the falling waters, from the simple doings of those communities – which he claimed distilled civilization, with all it’s myriad complexities, down to it’s very essence – Rasarin wrote some of the greatest classics of Yu-Shan and the First Age.
Well yes, they were mostly regarded as light humor and poignant tales of innocence, and were set to the side after the Usurpation and mostly forgotten – but many of Rasarin’s tales still echo in the literature of later ages.
The manse itself has few magical comforts, but it’s cool, breezy, and surprisingly free of insects, molds, and other pests – a minor aspect of its mutagenic properties, which causes such things to prey on each other, while encouraging the gardens to yield interesting foodstuffs and the trees to form comfortable, “natural”, benches and chairs. The simple fireplaces and cooking surfaces, braces for lamps, and similar appertunces are all cunningly located for maximum convenience and comfort. Rasarin’s Vista may be a “shack in the woods”, but it’s a “shack” designed to it’s best advantage by inhuman architectural skills.
Rasarin’s Vista requires Maintenance * (It’s many small streambeds need to be cleaned out on a regular basis, +1 MCP) and suffers from Fragality * (It is, after all, a series of landscaped gardens, +2 MCP), giving it a total of five manse creation points to work with. Those pay for…
- Mutagenic (1): The process requires years, but the small water mammals – otters mostly – that live in the many pools and streams of the manse gain hand-paws, sapience, extended lifespans, and a few other minor benefits, such as enhanced health. Secondarily, the gardens produce an ever-changing selection of exotic fruits and vegetables and few pests ever manage to establish themselves in the area.
- Archive (2): The manse always has a scattering of historical novels and autobiographies, dating back to the First Age, laying about. While the selection is ever-changing, and pays no attention to what anyone but the hearthstone bearer might actually be looking for, it always makes for interesting – and often informative – reading.
- Hidden Passages (2): The manse includes a network of concealed observation tunnels, allowing it’s owner to watch the antics of the creatures of his gardens without disturbing them, to come and go unseen, and to pop up eccentrically. As a side-benefit, they’re pleasantly cool, and make a great place to store wine, fruits, and fresh vegetables.
The Hearthstone of Rasarin’s Vista is an Inkstone-1 – a handy convenience for an isolated writer.
- The Chronicles of Heavenly Artifice part VIII (ruscumag.wordpress.com)
- Exalted – The Hospitable Paths (Wood Manse *****) (ruscumag.wordpress.com)
- Exalted – Factory-Cathedrals I, Forgestones, and Prefabrication Protocols (ruscumag.wordpress.com)
- Exalted – Storming the Gates of Yu-Shan (ruscumag.wordpress.com)
- The Chronicles of Heavenly Artifice part VII (ruscumag.wordpress.com)