January 30, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins (2/1)

The Naiden (内殿) appears to function similarly to the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room in the White House.

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January 20, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins I

January 18, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins I (notes)

January 16, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins (1/33)

I've posted chapter 33 (book 1) of Hills of Silver Ruins, a Pitch Black Moon.

This is the last chapter of book 1. I will post the cover art for book 2 next week.

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January 09, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins (1/32)

In contrast to a traditional Chinese courtyard house (click image to enlarge), in Tai, the east and west wings are removed and the height of the dàozuò (倒座), the south-facing building opposite the main house (labeled "back room"), is lowered to increase the southern exposure.

The sleeping hearth or kang () is an ingenious device still used in China. During the winter, the flue from the stove or fireplace is diverted beneath a raised platform in the house to provide central heating.

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January 02, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins (1/31)

The novella "Blue Orchid" explores the process by which a new plant species is distributed throughout the kingdom by means of the roboku, the imperial riboku. The story is mostly about how the need arose and the arduous task of getting a sample of the new species to the imperial palace in the first place.

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