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#57226
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Now, I didn't take a picture of it because it really doesn't show well as a photograph, but there was at least one private staircase in which one stair was about half an inch higher than all the rest.

It was designed so that someone familiar with the stairs could run up or down them, but someone who wasn't expecting the odd stair would stumble and fall.

For the record... it works.
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#57266
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Oh, and regarding the beautifully complicated stairway pictured above...

Walking on a narrow, suspended surface with no handrails is pretty nerve-wracking if you have any problem with heights whatsoever. Lord of the Rings (movie) dwarves and elves are either fearless, insane, or suicidal.

If you have anything like that in your DF set-ups, consider imposing a WIS check when characters cross/climb it. Every point they fail by reduces their movement -- if their movement goes into negatives, they are paralyzed with fear.
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#57290
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Back to the photos, and on to the grand ballroom!


Coming in on the floor level, which is actually the second story of the palace. The red column (!) to the left is holding up the large balcony I was standing under.


And looking the other way. The second level -- I guess it's a gallery, not an arcade -- is actually about two stories up.


A closer shot of the red columns holding up protruding turrets along the gallery above, and arched doorways leading to the outdoor balcony.


Wider shot, more of the same. The rectangles under each arched windows in the gallery are air vents for AC.


And a shot of the ceiling details with lots of marble dust flares.
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#57292
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I was fascinated by the turrets in the gallery. I don't know if they were meant as places for guards to stand by unobtrusively, or places that guests could find a little privacy without missing the goings on.


A shot showing the round red column centered at the base of the turret, flanked by two square white columns.


And one showing two of the gallery arches between one turret and the next. See where tiles were shaken loose when the palace was hit in the bombardment.


Inside the turret on the gallery level, with a continuation of the supporting column clad in white marble.


Looking at the uprights and gaps. (I want curved arrow walls for Wicked Additions 4!)


Another turret, this time with some tiles missing.


And a close-up of the exposed framework inside the upright. It's really nothing but a metal frame and marble tiles.
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#57293
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Looking into the ballroom from the gallery.


This one really shows the damage.


From one corner, looking past that balcony (to the left). There is a person on the right side of the balcony, to give you a sense of scale.


From one end.


From the other corner on the same end. Note the great ragged hole and pile of debris at lower left.


It was like that when I got there.

This room is an immense space. If the balcony wasn't in the way, it could hold a decent hockey rink. There is enough room there, in gaming terms, for range penalties to be a factor, and enough height for flying and falling to be issues. Plus varying degrees of cover and concealment on the gallery level. If this room could be reproduced in miniature, a DM could hold a really good combat run with it.
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#57295
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Looking out from the front of the palace, on the gallery level balcony. This is directly above the main entrance and the two lobby entrances, front and center of the palace. You can see the tall pillars on the front of the palace, and the balcony off the floor level of the ballroom.


To the left. Across the water is the Flintstone Palace.


To the right.
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#57296
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Amazing pictures... truly a magnificent structure - it is unfortunate that politics and economics probably mean it will never be completed...

perhaps with time it can be finished and reimagined as a public structure...

Thanks for sharing all these pictures, it is a look at something most will never have access to
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#57297
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I'm glad you are enjoying the pix, kitenerd. The lack of access is one of the reasons I am posting these -- I was lucky enough to take pictures of places few people would have been allowed to go under the best of circumstances, so I wanted to share with people who might appreciate them.

There are still a few random pictures from VOA, to be followed by details of trim from the walls and ceilings.


This would have been one of the 70-odd guest rooms.


A bath tub.


A spiral stair. Sorry for the quality, but this was deep inside where flashlights were essential.


On the roof. Note the wooden planking one the exposed brick, prior to being clad with stone.


A view off the roof, facing a rear quarter. The palace sits on a small island in the middle of a man-made lake. There were several structures built in the lake itself, for the use of guests to the complex, large enough for private gatherings, small parties, or barbecues.


The other rear quarter. Left to right, one of several hills made from earth taken from the lake beds and canals, the mother-in-law's residence in the foreground, and the Perfume Palace.
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#58088
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months, 1 Week ago  
And now the ornate trim you could find all over the place…






Yes, that is lettering worked into the wavy line, and at the bottom of the clustery bits.

No, I don't know what it says.







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#58313
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months ago  
Looking to the ceilings…


I'm not even sure this is right-side-up. Writing seemed to be incorporated into a lot of places.


From one of the galleries.


On the underside of the balcony in the ballroom.


A random bit of ceiling.


A small chandelier fitting.


And a larger chandelier fitting.
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#58314
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months ago  
More ceiling trim…


Another half-rosette outside a doorway.


Same one, tighter focus.


And even tighter.


This one was up against the ductwork. There were actually whole buildings dedicated to providing central air for nearby palaces and residences.


Same one, tighter focus.
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#58315
Re:Modern Palaces II 10 Months ago  
Last ones…


This is some trim around the center of the dome in one of the two round, secondary lobby entrances.


Same, tighter.


Same, tighter still.


And the chandelier mount in the other round, secondary lobby entrance.


I don't know why it was different colors -- I can only assume they intended to paint the entire thing later on -- but the darker section shows the details a little better.


And there they are.
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