The Theatre

The Theatre district historically catered to the Noble Houses as well as the guild-clans, but in recent times, the nobles’ refusal to leave their Manses has led to a drop-off in business conducted within the complex. Now the Players largely perform outside the boundaries of the Theatre itself, and few among the guild-clans have any real idea what the inside is like. The Players have traded for young trees before, and it’s believed they have their own orchards in the open spaces and amphitheaters of the Echoing Wings.

From the exterior, the Theatre complex appears as a number of connected buildings, sprawling over an area comparable to the Forges or the Kitchens. The immense lobby building is the primary gateway to the complex; from there one can travel west into the Laughing Wings, east into the Weeping Wings, or north into the Echoing Wings.

The Theatre district is largely built of darker stone than that of its surroundings. Its exterior is covered with carved grotesques, gargoyles and pediments depicting masked figures. Most prevalent among the masked figures shown are angelic figures, diabolic figures, and medusae. Its lobby is hung with many silk banners painted to advertise the most famous shows. Many of the windows are multicolored panes arrayed in a spiderweb pattern, and the floor tiles in several areas are set in a similar design. The grand chandeliers of the lobby also have a somewhat arachnid motif to them. Presumably, this reflects the Players’ tendency to keep immense spiders to provide for their prodigious needs for silk. The largest of these animals are likely confined somewhere within the Theatre, even as the “merely” cat-sized ones accompany the Players on their tours for added security.

The Theatre

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