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  • Cardinal Directions

    Cardinal directions have no meaning in the Pools, and thus the people use a different set of directions: waterway, fireway, knuckles, and palm. For reasons unbeknownst to the average citizen, the [[Pools of Tears]] are in the opposite direction from …

  • Cliches

    There are many cliches amongst the [[Races | denizens]] of the Pools: * "Like a [[Minotaurs | minotaur]] chasing a [[Kragons | kragon]]," meaning "completely futile" owing to the size and agility of kragons. * "You're trying to meet a kragon at the [[ …

  • Caves

    The word "cave" has little meaning in [[The Pools | the Pools]]. Everything is a cave, so there is no reason to distinguish the word "cave" from "place". In the Pools, "cave" is synonymous with "place" or "room".

  • Differences from Standard Fantasy

    * [[Races | Less-used races]] * [[The Pools | Small, isolated civilization]] * [[Food | Limited food]] and [[Resources | resources]] * [[Magic | Low magic]] * [[Barter | Barter system]]

  • Music

    To pass the time, many [[Races | denizens]] of [[The Pools | the Pools]] resort to music. Musical instruments include [[Frond | frond]] and [[Incendium | incendium]] drums, hollowed out [[Minotaurs | minotaur]] horns, and a few, rare, stringed instruments …

  • Directions

    The only use of writing in [[The Pools | the Pools]] are etched stone directions through the caves which indicate the different [[Cardinal Directions | cardinal directions]], to aid travelers, and prevent people from getting irrevocably lost. Still, some …

  • Art

    One way to pass the time is to etch portraits and murals into the walls of certain caves. Many aspiring artists use the walls of their home, or empty, abandoned walls in the [[Mines | mines]] or elsewhere. [[Elves]] in particular seem to have a desire to …

  • Trance

    [[Elves]] trance instead of sleep. While trancing, elves enter a meditative state and are partially aware of their surroundings. Unlike sleep, this awareness extends beyond the senses of touch and smell and hearing, and includes the sense of sight. An elf …

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