|Known for||Bad trading, better prayers|
Quirkytown is a small village built inside a crater. It was founded ages ago by a race of sprites called the Quirks. They lived a life of leisure and happiness until heroes arrived. That fateful day they were absorbed by heroes who now carry them in their heart. That's why prayers are more powerful here as it is the only place where quirks feel glad, and thus lend their power to the praying folks.
Nowadays, Quirkytown is inhabited by some curious people who display manners and attitudes obviously full of quirks. This population along with their particular dances make this town a place worth visiting.
- For really particular reasons, trading is not profitable here
- On the other hand, Quirkytown has something magical that brings heroines and deities closer
The local economy orbits around bottle caps. It should be the end of the world for any sane trader to accept them as currency, so heroines (forced into this strange economy) have to deal with predatory bankers who exchange caps for gold. Even though, the average adventurer doesn't care much about this economic conundrum because they'll be payed in caps and caps will be enough to buy beer.
The inhabitants of this town suffer from Quirkiness. Quirkiness ranges from:
- Collecting bottle caps
- Tie wearing
- People singing in the town as if they are in a musical
- Impersonating famous characters with improvised attire and atrezzo
- Engage in heated arguments about the exact tonality of the colours around them
The Colour Wheel
In the middle of the town stands tall a ring of galleries surrounding an ancient Quirk shrine. This hedge maze is crammed with artists who organize themselves into quarters, each a color of the wheel:
- The white walk on top, made of marble and thoroughly decorated, is inhabited by the most famous artists.
- Then the wheel, four stories of galleries disputed between artist gangs called colours. They will often challenge each other into artistic competitions to take disputed territories or just because.
- And finally there's the black maze, which is the web of tunnels and canals below the wheel. This place is reserved for forgotten or forsaken artists who are literally exiled into obscurity. A dead end here holds the works of Pic, the inventor of the insecurity camera.
A great poet once said that 'All the world is a stage. And all the men and women mere players'. This is nowhere more true than in the city of Quirkytown, where indeed each alley, promenade, pub and roof are meant to be danced upon. Every corner hosts a dialogue or a soliloquy, often a song or two in between. This disposition posed a dramatic dilemma, for when everywhere is a scene no place really is.
This philosophical conundrum thrusted the quirks into a deep existential crisis. The already dysfunctional population went completely ballistic about each and every aspect of their lives, the city became a belching pot of tormented souls wailing as each fragment of their mind was lost to the pursuit of the stage. Every one habit trastorned by the question that lingered in the mind of every half dressed folk, any paper munching sap and each and all wall climbers.
Eventually the most sane among the locals came up with the stage, a space that would end all questioning about the issue. It was not without trouble that the stage was brought from the thoughts to the deeds. The first plans were utterly impractical and called for the demolition of considerable part of the city. After long consideration the builder's gaze fell upon an isle in the lagoon that was deep in the crater. At long last the stage, a massive wooden platforms full of swinging curtains, was built above the waters. It took a great deal of publicity and forceful persuasion but soon the better part of Quirkytown recognised the stage as 'the stage'. Thus putting an end to one of the darkest chapters of the city's history.
Nowadays the stage is a square palace, inside of which all manners of spectacles are performed. A ferry makes the crossing from the outer ridge's port to the stage's docks every hour. Visitors are neither encouraged nor discouraged. One may attend, join or completely avoid the plays that are being enacted in the velvet belly of the stage. Bring your best outfit and a strong voice just in case, better safe than sorry.
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