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Old 07-11-2008, 04:02 AM   #1
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After a lot of hard work (and many platinum coins), the Training Room was finally ready to reopen its doors to the public. I have included screenshots of the old Training Room for visual reference. This facility is located at Timorous Heights in Gorowyn under the name "Suyin." I'd like to thank (from AB) Tock, Methadriel, and Morian for making the bulk of the furniture you see in this home. I'd also like to thank Bleu (from LDL) for the inspiration in giving this home its Asian feel. His design of Nozomi's original home was what inspired me in the Training Room's remodel.

Those who came on the very first day may remember the old bar room.

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By the third week, the bar received a new look due to problems fitting Varzok behind the old bar. His tail was just a tad bit too big. (He really should lay off the sweets.) Oh... Ummm... Hello, Varzok. No, we weren't just talking about you. I don't understand how your ears could be burning. Wait a minute. Do you even have ears?  

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Many who've seen the facility before will already know the how the bar room now looks.

Without the people in the way...

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Varzok keeps it fully stocked with the finest collection of wines, ales, and other liquors.

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And here's a closer look at that fireplace.

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To the right is the library. Here's how it used to look with its massive stone fireplace inspired by the Clefts of Rujark, a place Suyin loved to hunt in at one point in time.

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The library has been expanded to hold a larger collection of books. Five walls of books and weapons are now displayed instead of three walls of books and two walls of weapons.

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That massive stone fireplace that dwarfed the room has now been replaced with a cooler containing chilled bottles of water. Yes, at Varzok's insistence, the bottled water craze has hit Norrath. Erm. The only problem is that the cooler runs just a little on the cold side. I really must have that gnome recalibrate the mechanism inside.

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Down the stairs leads to the room that gave the facility its name, the Training Room. Since opening day, it has seen the introduction of two orc guardians at the door. Regulars at the tavern will recognize these fellows. 

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The training room itself (the fighting arena) has not changed at all.

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This is also the room you see in the back of the Training Room's flyers.

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But what if you don't want to spar, you say? You've had a hard day, and you just want to relax. Well, have no fear. Let's head back up the steps that isolate the Training Room from the rest of the facility and go have a look see at the biggest rennovation made so far, the meditation room. Here's how it used to look.

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This door was once blocked off for a couple of weeks while rennovations were ongoing. Now it's once again open to the public. As you can probably already tell, there's been some sweeping changes made.

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The meditation room was divided in half. One half is dedicated to exercising the body and soul. It provides a platform for practicing your kata, stretching, or yoga.

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Let's pick up a mat and do a few stretches ourselves, shall we? Ah, I see you've spotted the koi pond. I can assure you that many colorful words were uttered during its creation. What? There's no koi in it? There's a fish. He can pass for a koi that's... really big... and uh... very blue... Yeah! That's a koi.

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Dividing the exercise paltform from the garden is a large screen wall. Just pretend the frames are black for now. A ghostly dragon stands guard at the garden's entrance.

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Entering the garden reveals a raised platform to allow shorter races to see out the window, a winding staircase, and yet another fountain of sorts. Once again, just pretend the frames on the screen wall are black.

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Let's take a closer look at the garden fountain. It reflects the same waterfall theme as the koi pond, and instead of plants surrounding the fountain, they're actually inside the fountain. This is one case where thinking inside the box was not a bad thing.

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We follow the winding stairs up to find a loft with plenty of comfortable seating. This loft looks down upon the exercise platform. Here's a place where those who really want to relax can sit down, chat, and watch other people exercise. After all, they're exercising in spirit, right?

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Now, with the koi pond, waterfall, garden fountain, and a cooler full of chilled bottled water, it's invariably going to come about that someone may just have to find a tree. Well, there will be no using of trees in Suyin's home. (She'd be awfully angry if you went in her garden fountain.) I seem to remember two tikis standing guard at a white screen.

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Let's push the screen aside and see what we find. Ah ha! Here's the bathroom, complete with a functioning toilet and a sink for washing your hands afterwards.

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You notice a second screen wall similar to the one in the garden, but alas, passage has been blocked. This leads to Suyin's private chambers. Go there, and she may just hand you back your spine with her bare hands.

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Thanks for touring the new and improved facility. We hope you enjoyed your stay.

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Old 07-11-2008, 05:22 AM   #2
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Wow that looks amazing! 
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:25 AM   #3
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Very pretty Saph - love the fountain and pond!
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Old 07-11-2008, 12:48 PM   #4
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Great revamp!  I love the water cooler, and the nice rich colours you've chosen.
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Old 07-11-2008, 01:26 PM   #5
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Thank you. It's my personal opinion that the facility looks bettter in person. It's hard to get a good judge of the atmosphere (in which lighting was a major issue for setting the mood) from these screenshots, and I will be lining the bottom of the loft with damask carpets soon so you won't be able to see through from the garden. It's a shame that the artists didn't think to texture the bottom of the Sathirian or Di'Zok rugs, but I would like to thank them for all the beautiful designs they've been turning out lately. I don't think this place would have turned out looking half as good if it hadn't been for them.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:58 PM   #6
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What are thoes statues you call orc gaurdians and where do they come from?

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Old 07-11-2008, 06:42 PM   #7
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Those are orc knights from the evil-aligned city merchants.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:41 AM   #8
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Everything is really amazing, I love your little suggestion at the koi pond. Maybe "somebody" will notice *grin*Now just a question, but if they change the backings of the pictures(again), will that ruin your wall or make it the way you'd like it to be?I need to spend a day going around and visiting houses, this is certainly one of the ones I'd like to see in person. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-12-2008, 02:07 PM   #9
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When the rough linen portraits are corrected to have the black frames, it will make the wall look the way it's supposed to look. Right now, the red frames look very much out of place.

Oh, and here's the garden with the damask carpeted ceiling. No more seeing the guts of my loft from underneath.

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Old 07-14-2008, 09:26 AM   #10
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Wow! That's all I can say. This is really amazing, and definitely worth seeing in person.
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Old 07-14-2008, 01:30 PM   #11
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I've attempted to steal your idea to carpet the underside of the platform, but haven't been anywhere near as successfull as you are at it. But the I love love love the fish tank in the floor. How did you do that? Is it the mirror still, or something else? And another great pattern for the screen. Great.
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Old 07-14-2008, 05:45 PM   #12
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It's the aviak bath from the KOS feather leaf collection. The waterfall on the side of the pond are mystic mirrors infront of ferrite cupboards with the sides hidden by adamantime pillars and rough linen scenery paintings. I used the breath of Vox lanterns from the Celestial Watch to create mist at the base of the fall and illuminate the water from below.

To line the loft, I actually placed the damask carpets on top of the Sathirian rugs, and then I moved the Sathirian rugs out from under them and placed them back on top. It had the effect of raising the floor a couple of inches, but the end result came out looking rather nice.

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