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The Temple of Sal-Ba'ari (A'therys Ascended)

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Welcome to the Temple of Sal-Ba'ari!

The Temple of Sal-Ba'ari is a town on the Atherys Ascended server that has been built from scratch in survival. Over time, this town has been built by a number of individuals, namely Omega_Iota, daniloelnino (myself), djbrinker, ArakanShriek, Bellefoxx and others.

Located in the desolate desert nation that is Ar-Selukk, a grand temple has risen, dedicated to the god Sav-Synav, known as the trickster god of art and expression. Indeed, the religious fanaticism towards his word has lead to a renewed interest in architecture and building. The town lore can be read below, or at http://atherys.com/topic/11247-the-temple-of-sal-baari-super-updated/#entry150822

I've updated: The Dheran House
The Temple side
The Bank
The layout of a few things (cleaned up).

If you found the lore below interesting, feel free to fill out a whitelist application at www.atherys.com





The History of The Temple of Sal-Ba'ari


        The city state of Sal-Ba’ari was founded shortly after the fall of Tamat Olrun, known to most as the northern kingdom of ancient Ar-Selukk.  The kingdom, lead by Serices the Watcher, suffered a catastrophic end thanks to the trickery of Sav-Synav. Devoured by the conjured beasts of Beylant's southern kingdom, before collapsing onto one another during a series of earthquakes - both kingdoms of Ar-Selukk were wiped from the map, their legacy lost to history.


       A small group of survivors managed to escape the walls of the kingdom and trek southward with the help of numerous nomadic tribes which were slowly assimilated into the group itself. As it moved towards an unknown destination, the group congregated under a single leader. Sal-Ba’ari, a determined and wise young man, used his intelligence and charisma to unite the various tribes the survivors met on their travels. He lead the resulting unified tribe to sanctity in a remote and isolated valley in western Ar-Selukk. Here he formed an oasis, dedicated to peace and isolationism. It was not given a name, for its people much desired to remain hidden from the troubles of the outside world.




Over time the settlement grew larger and took in many of the nomadic tribes roaming the area. Amongst these were some of the first worshippers of Sav-Synav, the patron diety of Ar-Selukk. The worship of Sav-Synav spread rapidly throughout the settlement creating some of the most devout and radical cults and sects on the continent; even the great Sal-Ba’ari was converted. He commissioned a monumental temple to be built in Sav-Synav's honor. Soon after the temple was finished, Sal-Ba’ari declared the settlement a sacred site dedicated to the worship of their god, and declared himself a high priest of the newly founded religion. Over the passing years, the Temple became more and
more radical in their worship. Rejecting all other deities, the men and women of the Temple became mad with zealotry, often shutting themselves in prayer rooms for days and weeks. As the settlement radicalized, it also became more isolated from the rest of Ar-Selukk. No longer were wanderers and other tribes accepted into the Temple - strangers were treated with distrust, while madmen roamed the streets speaking in tongues and hallucinating. Dark temples and shrines sprung up, each focusing on various aspects of Sav-Synav's personality. Filled with bones, carrion, and dark magic, the Temple gained the reputation of an outcast society. Over time, it was left alone and almost forgotten. Indeed, many maps from around this time strangely neglect to show the former oasis, instead printing a cautionary message about the "wandering madmen of Sal-Ba'ari" in the general region. A short time later Sal-Ba’ari himself died of a terrible illness and a new line of high priests rose in his death.








Hundreds of kilometres away, centuries later, a newer, more modern religious centre had come to prominence. Calling itself the Monastery of Sav-Synav, it was a multicultural, contemporary beacon of perfection in Synavian worship. It was headed by the High Priestess and the Head Priest. While studying ancient texts and maps, the Monastery learned of the existence of the Temple of Sal-Ba'ari. Intrigued by the Temple of Sal-Ba'ari's isolation and ancient practices, the Priestess sent a message to its gates. Here it was read by a newly appointed High Priest, unaffected by the madness around him, who promptly agreed to allow the Monastery to come visit.




               
For the first time in many years, outsiders would be permitted to enter the forbidden gates.  The Monastery quickly dispatched a large convoy to exchange practices and dogmatic opinion, and possibly open the Temple up to external contact. Hoping to strike up an alliance with the monks of Sal-Ba'ari, many important figures were sent as ambassadors, including The High Priestess and the Head Priest. After many days of travel, the convoy arrived at the temple. It became quickly evident that all was not as it should be; the streets were bare and torches dark, bodies were piled in ditches and everything but the main temple was aflame. A stroke of misfortune had seen the group arrive a day after the Temple of Sal-Ba'ari had been invaded. Gathering the survivors from the rubble, the High Priestess gathered her people, and congregated in the only remaining structure in town - the Temple. Sending her messengers to fetch help from home, the group awaited news patiently. After two weeks, grave news arrived. In their absence, the invading force had slipped past the convoy and razed their own monastery to the ground. No survivors were left in the ruins.





Upon hearing the news of the Monastery's demise, the priests kept their people in the Temple and tended to the wounded. Helping the tired rest, the two wondered what would become of their convoy. Without food or water, the desert sun of Ar-Selukk was a deadly kiss on their delirious minds. Throughout the night, ghostly voices cried out from afar. "Stay!" they seemed to say. The next morning, a rumbling woke the thirsty company. Observing from the bell tower, the people could not believe their eyes. As if by magic, multiple holes burst from the cliff in front of them. Massive torrents of fresh water began gushing out. The waterfalls were flowing again - and the holy oasis was flourishing after hundreds of years. Drinking happily, the still-weary group survived that night with plenty of water to tide them over.






    That night, the priests shared their fears. Water was nice, but food hadran out throughout the night. Soon the people would starve, and there was nowhere to go. The desert would be a tomb if they tried to escape anywhere. Once again, the ghostly voices cried out. Stay! They screamed. The next morning, a shade fell upon the temple. Waking in a cool shadow, the group opened their eyes to the sight of massive vines creeping up the entrances of the Temple. Hacking their way out, they were greeted with a brilliant sight. A lush oasis had sprung up around the now full lake. Birds flew around, animals scurried, plants and vegetables grew plentifully. With a cry, the priests turned to one another and made a vow. This was to be their new home. The visions were clearly a sign from Sav-Synav to rebuild, to stay in the Temple. They would have all they needed. Food, shelter, and water - as long as they kept true to Sav.





 Swearing to prevent future genocides, and rebuild a worthy centre of worship, the High Priestess began the long, arduous process of creating their new home. The Temple of Sal-Ba'ari would rise again, and stand ever vigilant as protectors of the peace. Joined by many new townspeople, thetown has started a process of expansion and building. Having seen the power given to Raviyna av-Kulthanz from a period of soul-searching and meditation in the desert, High Priestess Belle (now Mayor and Dheran) has departed on her own journey, leaving the building process to her trusted friends. In her day to day absence, and with her magical guidance, the town is run by her Regent and Co-Mayor, Omega Iota. He is assisted by the town's High Architect, Dani yar-Vercin.





Dedicated to peace, building, and trade, the modern-day Temple of Sal-Ba'ari is the perfect town for those who wish to live freely, gaining wealth, knowledge, and contacts. Helping allies, searching for treasure, designing houses and other buildings are amongst the activities enjoyed by town members. With an active RP presence and a major religious influence, the Temple is a great start (and continuation) for new members and old members alike. If you have no interest in raiding or attacking others, we welcome you with open arms to try your hand at playing a character, living a peaceful life, and wandering the world of A'therys collecting riches.




This build is still in progress, I'll try and update this post as new buildings are implemented and designed.









Tl;dr, server has a bunch of lore. Our town is a religious centre in the desert, dedicated to a trickster god of art, and we're still building it. Blah blah blah. Enjoy.

Update: House above waterfall has been completed in game.
CreditOmega_Iota, djbrinker, Bellefoxx, ArakanShriek, others
Progress50% complete
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Update #2 : 03/26/2015 9:43:31 pmMar 26th, 2015

the Temple has been expanded! There are a few new builds around town to be implemented. Check out the side views.
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03/26/2015 11:20 pm
Level 6 : Apprentice Miner
VanmarBuildteam
Very complex lore nice map!
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03/12/2015 1:18 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Engineer
shanewolf38
Very, very good. Great job, Daniloe!
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03/07/2015 3:01 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lava Rider
eagoy
Impressive build, but that wall of text as lore, damm.
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03/08/2015 1:46 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Thanks!







Haha, yeah. A'therys is an RPG server with years of lore and hundreds of players. The town was designed within existing canon and the lore is more for players already familiar with parts of the server mythology.

Still, figured someone would enjoy it here too.
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03/06/2015 4:33 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
MisterDreamFx
That's beautiful !!
Can we download it ?
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03/08/2015 1:44 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Unfortunately not, as it's hosted on A'therys Ascended (www.atherys.com)

You're welcome to join the server and come visit or even join the town.

But thank you!
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03/06/2015 4:14 am
Level 46 : Master Artist
7thbatalion
wow!!!
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03/08/2015 1:43 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Thanks!
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03/05/2015 6:39 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Wolf
Axiim
in survival? this is awesome!
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03/05/2015 7:09 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Yeah! Though we do have a thriving economy that helps us get any materials we can't gather ourselves. Thanks!
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03/05/2015 6:29 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Senpai
GrayRemnant
This is some really impressive work so far!  Keep at it, my friend!  ;)
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03/05/2015 7:07 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Appreciate it! We will, and I'll update the post as it comes.
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03/05/2015 3:42 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
redninja685
Looks very pretty and delcious!
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03/05/2015 7:07 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Thanks Red :D
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03/05/2015 9:13 am
Level 55 : Grandmaster Terraformer
jannekloeffler
looks realy nice
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03/05/2015 12:44 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Thanks! I appreciate it :D
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03/05/2015 4:38 am
Level 79 : Legendary Architect
C_B_John
That looks really nice :)
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03/05/2015 12:44 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Thank you! Means a lot coming from a builder like you!
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03/05/2015 3:21 am
Level 59 : Grandmaster Blockhead
Mine Maus Craft
I like the resident complex :-)
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03/05/2015 12:43 pm
Level 13 : Journeyman Architect
atherysdani
Thanks! It's a work in progress :)
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