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The Temple of Fortune is the residence of the Pantheon in the D-Verse.

Origin and purpose Edit

The Temple of Fortune came into existence immediately before the Deities did, essentially so they could have a place to be, as well as a place to call home. That in itself encompasses a good portion of the temple's purpose for existence; no other place, apart from the Last Library and its annexes, has the special properties allowing the full and complete presence of a Deity to exist there.

The second purpose the temple fulfills is providing the Deities a method of directly connecting to individual worlds on the physical plane, allowing a simple method of delivering Avatars and Shards to their intended destinations. It also provides transworld travel capabilities to any mortal able to access it, though as Rosewood says, "It's called the Temple of Fortune for a reason - you're very fortunate if you manage to come here at all."

Layout Edit

The Temple of Fortune may be best understood as a hub-spoke logical structure, something like a wheel with a near-infinite number of spokes (albeit in three dimensions). Physically speaking, however, few to none of the spokes are even visible at any given time, let alone accessible.

The Hub Edit

The heart of the temple is the Hub, a massive spherical chamber with a single cylindrical pillar rising from the floor to the exact center. Atop the pillar lies a shallow circular depression housing the Infinite Loop, an inward-facing, bright white leatherbound couch in the shape of a large ring; the Deities use it for group discussion and other social activities.

The pillar - and in fact the entire chamber itself - is constructed of aetheric crystals that shift color through the entire range of possibility, constantly pouring magical energy into the Hub as a result. Although the crystals are meant primarily for decoration, the heavily saturated energy field the combined mass of them generates may be manipulated to any desirable end.

The only other structural feature of note is the set of variable gates, or v-gates for brevity's sake, which serve to connect the Hub to its various destinations. Like the aetheric gates they inspired, the v-gates connect non-contiguous spaces via a Gate spell; however, they have five sides instead of eight, may be scaled to any dimensions or used in any orientation, and have complete mobility within the Hub, allowing them to be used as monitoring windows as well as doors. Aetheric gates cannot connect to v-gates, though with the proper rate of spin a v-gate may temporarily provide one-way access to any point in the physical plane's transit network.

The Cloud of Possibility Edit

Essentially, anything considered part of the temple complex apart from the Hub exists in a general area called the Cloud of Possibility, or more simply the Cloud. There is no physical location for these rooms, as they exist Between like the Hub does; thus, any space not connected to the temple by an active v-gate is said to be 'in the Cloud'.

Terraces Edit

A terrace in the temple generally connects to a planet for ease of Avatar or Shard delivery, as mentioned above, though some may be used solely for observation and relaxation instead. Every terrace comes with a single v-gate to provide passage back to the Hub, but apart from that the structural design is left up to the creator.

Terraces intended for planetside transit have a near-exact duplicate on the planet itself, only lacking a v-gate. The transit process itself simply exchanges the physical and aetheric spaces of the terrace and the planet, which of course is insufficient to allow the full manifestation of a Deity. Though a planetary terrace generally gets constructed in an inaccessible location (up to a certain level of technology, anyway), those who find their way to one may end up transported to the temple-side terrace. This is not to say that the v-gate will always be open, but any Deity will know that a mortal is in the temple simply by their abnormal (relative to the Pantheon) presence.

Any number of terraces may exist in the Cloud, with new ones constructed as circumstances (or whims) dictate. Rarely, multiple terraces may exist on a single planet as well; nothing apart from tradition prevents a Deity from adding or removing them.

Other rooms Edit

Any rooms in the Cloud not classified as terraces may have any style of design according to their purpose, whether as a living space or warehouse or recreational zone. Each Deity has an individual living space to allow some degree of privacy, though some may be shared or connected as desired.

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