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Bellacouste
01-11-2012, 09:47 PM
<p>Back when it was announced that the Ratonga would be welcomed into Qeynos, My Ratonga, Bellacouste decided that they'd need a nice, welcoming place to live.  With this in mind I went to work building a small Ratonga themed district.  It was mostly done months ago but a combo of real life stuff and not a little bit of procrastination on finishing touches extended the time of the project quite a bit, but I'm proud to say that it is now open.  I'm playing with the idea of building a larger district on the Tenebrouse Tangle Island house, but I'll see how that goes.</p><p>The hardest part of it was the ceiling tiles, but once I remembered I had the Layout editor it went perfectly.  The cloudy tiles were the only things I used the editor on in this house.</p><p>If you would like to visit here is the address:</p><p>Bellacouste</p><p>Everfrost Summer Home, South Qeynos</p><p>Everfrost Server</p><p>It is also posted on the Leaderboards as 'Qeynos Ratonga District (Tonga Town)' in the Large Housing catagory.</p><p>I tried to pepper the place with Ratonga Lore and I hope I got everything correct.</p><p>This is the view as you enter.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/1Enter.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>Cragmure Square as well as the welcome sign.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/2TT.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>This is the signpost in the middle of the square.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/Signpostview.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>To the right of the enterance is one of the shops.  The cafe downstairs (Bella's shop) as well as Rothgut's Apothocary. (Bella's father)</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/3TT.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/4Store.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>A close-up of the Apothocary.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/5RothgutsApoth.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>This is the view from the apothocary.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/Streetview.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/Gardenoverview.png" /></p><p>To the other side of the enterance is the park, named after Bella's mother, Lacepaw.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/6Garden.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>What village isn't complete without a bank?</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/7Bank.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/8Bankseat.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/9Banker.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>Here is a shot of Flittermouse Street. (Named after my dad's Ratonga, Knockdrinna Flittermouse)</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/FlittermouseSt.png" /></p><p>The blacksmith's stand.  (This is for Charlemin Cragmure, Bella's brother.)</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/10Armor.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>The clothmerchant's stand.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/11Fabric.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>Fishmonger's.  (Also used as a distraction from wandering Kerras.)</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/12Fishy.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>The Botanist's.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/13Botany.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>The bookshop.  (For Ratatoska, one of Bella's sisters.)  I filled this mainly with 'Tonga themed books.  'Out of Necissity' is a book you'll find throughout the district.  There is also a copy of the Roekillik Lore and Legend book as well as player-written books.  Most of them are my own, written by Bella and Charlemin.  The non-Ratonga themed books are just there because I like their appearances.<img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/14Bookseller.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>Up the stairs at the end of the street is something very important-The Cheesemonger's!  (Which unfortunaly took a bit of a hit due to item count as well as a lack of cheese type items. )</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/15Cheesemonger.png" /></p><p>This is Flittermouse Court, the housing section.  There are five houses, one each for my Ratongas, plus one for my Dad's.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/FlittermouseCourt.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/Stairs.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>The front stoop of Miss. Flittermouse's house as well as the Cragmures.  (Rothgut can't bring himself to remove his wife's name from the sign.)</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/16FlitandCragmure.png" /></p><p>Inside the Flittermouse house.  Since this room is for Dad's Ratonga, I let him decorate it himself.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/16Flit1.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/16Flit2.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/16Flit3.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>Now over to Rothgut's house.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/17Roth1.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/17Roth2.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/17Roth3.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>On the other side of the court are the houses of the three Cragmure children who live in Qeynos.  (There are two more sisters, but they still live in Gorowyn and Freeport and I didn't have the item count to add anymore than five apartments.)</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/19Toskadoor.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>Inside Charlemin's house.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/18Char1.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/18Char2.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/18Char3.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/18Char4.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>And this is Ratatoska's place.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/19Toska1.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/19Toska2.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>And Bellacouste's which is decorated in the same pink theme as her large house seen <a href="http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/posts/list.m?topic_id=500797" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #810081;">here</span></span></a>.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/21Bella1.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/21Bella2.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> Back outside there's another set of steps to the rooftops which has Bella's garden as well as someone's outdoor tavern.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/22UpperGardenTerrace.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/23OutdoorTavvy.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>If you follow the thin path that goes above Knockdrinna and Rothgut's houses you'll find a last minute addition to the district, the libary.  The Publishing house mentioned can be found <a href="http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/posts/list.m?topic_id=504704" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #810081;">here</span></span></a>.</p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/ForLibraryPath.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/24TongaLibrary2.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/24TongaLibrary3.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> This is the view of the court from the library door.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/FlittermouseStView.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/GardenTavvyView.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> This is a view of Flittermouse Street from the stairs leading into the court.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/ViewSteps.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>Now, about that suspicious tent over there...</p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/Streetsign.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/25Tent.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/25Tent1.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> I had my dad test this secret passage with his largest ogre character and he passed through with little problems.  If you get stuck on something, just back up and approach at a different angle and you should be able to get through just fine.</p><p><img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/25Tent2.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>I get the idea from 'The History of Ratonga' book that they might worship Belaska.  I'm not entirely sure, but I kinda like the idea as far as my Ratonga go, so I wanted to put that in the house.  If you've not done the History book for the Ratonga, here is the excerpt that mentions Belaska.</p><p>"In the darkness, the Ancient of ratonga whom we call Belaska was pursued by her enemies and they caught her. She kept her fur combed and clean and slipped from their grasp, but they clung to her and would not let go. She found a small tunnel and fled into it. Still her enemies grasped at her, pulling and pulling as Belaska twisted and clung to the sides of the tunnel. She was stronger than her enemy and pulled herself free, but her enemies' hands had stripped the luxurious fur from her tail. And that is why the ratonga tail has but fine silken hairs and not fur. Run combs of ivory and bone through your fur often and you will live long."</p><p>One of the other books mentions the Ratonga ceremony 'The Dance of the Ancient', so I wanted the temple to have enough room in the middle for dancing, even if it's a small number of children.  ((If you've not done that quest, you can read the story<a href="http://lorenorrath.free.fr/read.php?link=danceancient" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #810081;"> here</span></span></a>.))</p><p>And now that I've put the book excerpts in, I realise that I've misspelled 'Belaska' on the sign.  >.<</p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/26Tempsign.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/26Temp1.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p>There isn't any Ratonga statues or anything I could use, so I settled on sinking a dark statue of Errolisi into the alter to make it look short.  I wanted to use the frosted one, but it was too obviously a human, while the darkness of the evil side version of the statue hides some of the features.</p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/26Temp2.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/26Temp3.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> <img src="http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab97/Bellacouste/Tonga%20Town/26Temp4.png" width="1024" height="640" /></p><p> Well, that's the Ratonga District!</p><p>Feel free to stop by even if you're not a 'Tonga and visit.</p><p>Happy Hunting!</p><p>-Bellacouste</p>

egyptiangothic
01-11-2012, 11:14 PM
<p>oh wow ... wicked and so neat.... its fabulouse realy cool...i cant make head nor tail of where it is... is it a break out ?... no matter its great well done <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" />...</p><p>now i know its a summer home it makes it more impressive <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> i love to see places that are one thing turned in to something intirely different <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /> xx</p>

Seagoat
01-11-2012, 11:32 PM
<p>This is so neat! There's an incredible amount of creativity here...I love it. <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p>

Elomort
01-11-2012, 11:33 PM
<p>That looks <em>incredibly</em> impressive, a level of skilled work and dedication that isn't seen too often.</p><p>I have a spare character slot just for special things like this. Time to roll me a Ratonga on your server and come and see and vote for it in person.</p><p>Kudos.</p>

Meeba
01-11-2012, 11:57 PM
<p>I had to show this to my hubby and he agreed that it was simply incredible!  Even more jaw-dropping is the fact that it's an <em>Everfrost Summer Home </em>(or "Cubehouse" as he calls it <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/69934afc394145350659cd7add244ca9.gif" border="0" /> ) where the max potential item count is only 700.  Kudos to you for exceptional work!  If Meeba didn't already live in the Concordium tower (along with 15 or so other residences) she'd be moving in too!</p>

Eslina
01-12-2012, 01:19 AM
<p>This is brilliant. There's no trace at all of the original house. It feels perfect for a ratonga, too. The narrow spaces and streets crowded with merchant's tents seem very rat-like. I love how each apartment, shop and even tent shows the personality of the ratonga who owns it.</p>

Bellacouste
01-12-2012, 02:30 AM
<p>Thank you all very kindly.  <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p><p>It's not a break out, I just hid the house to make it look like it.  There is one corner above the library where you can see the Everfrost Summer Home wall, but I didn't notice it until I had published it and had filled the item count.  I rather like doing that with the Everfrost house, it's a good, large canvas that I find fun to play around with.</p><p>I'm going to build a larger Tonga Town in the TT Island house, but I think I'll wait until the building blocks that Domino said were making their way to the city festivals and recipe books are in.  It'll be much easier then.</p>

megsie
01-12-2012, 04:54 AM
Wow, this is very impressive. I just love the idea of the little apartments!! Well done! <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />

VikodiN
01-12-2012, 07:52 AM
<p><span style="color: #00ffff;">Very impressive!  Love it!</span></p>

Sharann
01-12-2012, 08:45 AM
<p>You put all this in an Everfrost Summer home <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/385970365b8ed7503b4294502a458efa.gif" border="0" /><img src="/eq2/images/smilies/385970365b8ed7503b4294502a458efa.gif" border="0" /> I am totally amazed! And sooo much love in this project. All the lore about the ratongas is showing you really love your cute little mouse <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/69934afc394145350659cd7add244ca9.gif" border="0" /> Now add onto the wish list a Ratonga statue!</p>

Cloudrat
01-12-2012, 03:50 PM
<p>Nothing I like more than a village, except maybe a mouse sized one<img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" />) Very well done, creative and well executed!</p><p>Kudos,</p><p>Cloudrat</p>

Bellacouste
01-12-2012, 06:20 PM
<p>I'd really love some artwork and statuary of the non-human races.  I know there are some iskar statues and the old style erudite, but some stuff for the other races to decorate their houses with would be awesome.  Maybe race themed sets like the armor.  <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p>

Kaian
01-12-2012, 07:43 PM
<p>I can't believe you've managed to fit so much into an Everfrost Summer Home item count!  The detail in this is fantastic.  I love all the separate little apartments and the construction of the whole area, the atmosphere is great and yes, the only thing missing is that you can't help but feel it should have lots of 'tonga scurrying around busily in their daily business.  I love the concept of the secret tunnel from the tent, and the signpost dismissing it as being of any interest.  </p><p>All in all, it's just great.  I'm definitely going to need to pop over to EF and look at this for real!</p>

Kahlef
01-12-2012, 08:23 PM
<p>If there is ever a ratonga district made in Qeynos then it should be like this!</p><p>It is just perfect for a ratonga and my monk would move in a heartbeat to it just so he can live among his people again. <img src="/smilies/283a16da79f3aa23fe1025c96295f04f.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p><p>Oh, and another +1 for the ratonga statue! The bestest race evah needs some statues so all can bask in their coolness!</p>

Tyrus Dracofire
01-13-2012, 07:55 AM
<p>this is very cool, let beg the dev team to make few variations of ratonga plushies to make village look busy.</p>

Afista
01-13-2012, 01:30 PM
<p>Wow, this is really awesome! I love that you had signage throughout, I think it really adds to the atmosphere when you know exactly who/what something is designed for. Your details are are great, love it all <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p>

Goldinrae
01-13-2012, 03:09 PM
<p>How wonderful!  Amazing how you managed all that with the layout and item count in that home.</p><p>Beautiful work <img src="/eq2/images/smilies/e8a506dc4ad763aca51bec4ca7dc8560.gif" border="0" /></p>

Dawnstrike
01-13-2012, 03:39 PM
<p>This is super cute and very well executed!  Ratongas are just so adorable.</p>

Arbreth
01-16-2012, 03:55 PM
<p>Adorable!  Very well detailed.</p>