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Sandstone
2014-10-25 15.36.40
Lore Details:
Warp: /warp sandstone
Location: Dorne
House: Qorgyle
Type: Castle
Construction Details:
Started: June 2014
Project Lead: Emoticone11, birdman7
Project Type: Co-op
Project Status: Completed

Sandstone is the seat of House Qorgyle, a noble house from Dorne. Their arms are three black scorpions over red. Known members of House Qorgyle in the books are Lord Commander Qorgyle, the predecessor of Jeor Mormont as commander of the Night's Watch, Lord Quentyn Qorgyle, and his son Ser Arron Qorgyle. In addition, Prince Oberyn Martell was fostered at Sandstone when he was younger. Sandstone is fairly isolated, located on a rocky outcrop in the middle of the deep sands, with the Prince's Pass to the north and Hellholt to the east. House Qorgyle holds a defensible position over the sandstone mesas, including a natural oasis. As such, they are an important pit stop for travelling caravans, providing water, resources, and respite from the dangerous deep sands. In addition, they also breed sand-steeds, horses bred specifically to endure the harsh Dornish conditions.

  • Southern Settlement
  • Southern Settlement from Desert
  • Mesa Settlement
  • Castle Front View
  • Castle Side View
  • Eastern Caravansary
  • Western Caravansary

Features

  • Sandstone Castle, the castle itself sits upon a large mesa, giving it a very defensible position. The castle is rather sprawling, having, in addition to a throne room and great hall, two general wings, one for servants and utility rooms and another for nobles and guests. The throne room of the castle also has a scorpion pit, allowing for a uniquely Dornish method of execution.
  • Mesa Settlement, the main village lies within the mesas, where it is somewhat protected from the elements, and has direct access to the oasis for drinking water. Despite Sandstone being isolated, the village tends to be a bustling place, especially when travelling caravans stop for a few nights and trade various goods.
  • Southern Settlement, a smaller village lies outside of the mesas, along the road to the south gate. This area is less protected than the other village, so it is less desirable. Most of Sandstone's animals are raised and butchered here, as it has access to more open space than the inside village does.
  • Caravansaries, Sandstone contains three caravansaries, inns for caravans, each one situated by one of Sandstone's three gates. In addition, it also has two horse-breeding facilities, where Dornish sand-steeds are bred and sold.
  • Caves, Sandstone's mesas are perforated by caves from general erosion, making it an interesting location to go spelunking. One particular cave, near the mesa settlement, has been turned into a makeshift fighting pit. The castle's dungeons are carved into the side of another cave, providing a convient way to dispose of bodies.


Gallery

Sandstone on Imgur.

Construction

Emoticone11 and birdman7 first began terraforming on June 30th, 2014, and from there we plotted the villages, and then built the castle. The following people helped create the villages and other miscellaneous tasks:

Ironmanthing
OllieDisc
LordThan
QuikFox
Bafflement
KillerGuppi
Kulmen29
mamorb
Thamus_Knoward
starcat98
Antalex
SMP
AdricTW
lEcthelionl
bigpeking
Syorre
Roottweiler
VeggieVampires
Denthead1409
InfinityMe123
larshping98
ImaginaryMdA
Madamayo
jMp007

The southern caravansary was built by birdman7, while the eastern one was built by Ze_Ramen_Guy, and the western one was built by Bafflement. The southern horse-breeding complex was built by carcinogenius, and the western one was started by SMP but finished by Owid.

The project was finished on October 16, 2014.

Inspiration

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Wadi Rum

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Ait-Benhaddou

Sandstone used Wadi Rum, Jordan, as inspiration for the terraforming and mesas. Ait-benaddou in Morocco was used as the primary inspiration for the castle architectural style.

Build History

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Old Sandstone

Sandstone was originally built by a1994j, however when the new map was released, we decided not to copy it over due to improvements in the server's building style.

Video

Sandstone does not yet have a video.

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