|This article references an artifact of our history. |
|Approximate Coordinates:||x: 500 z: -4700|
|Contributing Builders:|| Jomeaga|
|Travel:||VoxelPort to Panostia, MetroVox C-Line|
The Era of Beginning
The history of Xeng Shin is quite simple, despite its ancient origins. The small village of Xeng Shin started atop the lands of the northern Lemurian Waterfalls on a huge geological wonder. The land used to be of a giant mountainous area, much like the neighboring Draemar Mountains to the south. The unique position next to the torrential waterfall eroded the mountain, though. This would have eventually destroyed the giant mountain, but the geological surroundings offered something different. The winds from the south weaved through the Draemar Mountains, and helped erode the large mountain on the border of Lemuria. This mountain, with a combination of wind and water erosion, took on many unique geological shapes and proportions, such as obstructions from the sea and massive land-arches bridging across the river between Xeng Shin and the Draemar Mountains. The river itself was caused by the massive flow of water over the vast waterfall surrounding Xeng Shin. In the Xeng Shin area, the river is called Pùbù biān hé, or literally, Waterfall Edge River.
The Era of Expansion
Hence, many flock to see Xeng Shin and honor its beautiful diverse landscape. The original villagers who settled there traveled from the west, from the well-established kingdom of Shiro, in search of great new lands. To assist them in their hopes to build their large village, they brought the famous architect, Kē Dí Yōulíng with them. The villagers sent word back to Shiro and received an army of supporters, which even caught the eye of the master architect and Lord of Citadel, Featherblade. Hundreds flocked to this newly-discovered beauty to build even the smallest of houses, orchestrated by Kē Dí Yōulíng. Soon, the small village that was originally planned grew to the proportions of a massive city. Luckily, the masterful planning of Yōulíng allowed for the city to retain its village-esque origins and architecture. Several very wealthier merchants from Shiro and Bridgeport visited Xeng Shin, and having fallen in love with it, like so many other settlers, decided to start an area, with the permission and guidance of Yōulíng, a wealthier elite village, in the lands at the very top of the waterfall, looking down on the peasants. With the wealth of the merchants, Yōulíng was finally able to help carve out the already-eroded interior of the once-grand mountain. There, he arranged the placement of more housing and hanging bridges to easily traverse through the expansive lands, without having to travel around the large mountainous region. With the wealthy at the top, the poor filled the bottom, filling the tiny houses within the mountain area, and maintaining floating shacks at the base (as it the beautiful land of Xeng Shin was very expensive property).
The Era of Trade
The Era of Trade, as it is called by the locals, was brought on by the wealthier merchants of the highlands attempting to strengthen their new home economically. The great ship constructed by Lord Feather was proposed to be used to trade with the neighboring metropolis of Panostia. Panostia, like Xeng Shin, is a large city built on the side of the waterfall, but with drastically different origins, architecture, and technology. The people of Xeng Shin feared that the technology of Panostia, however great it was, would corrupt the simplistic traditions of their home. This soon proved to be a silly notion, as the company behind the construction of Panostia had no interest in spreading its technology to Xeng Shin, but instead found economic uses in Xeng Shin's large population. Today, quite a few citizens of Xeng Shin commute to Panostia and work in the lock systems there, as well as with the ship maintenance crews. The one technological wonder of Panostia that was introduced was the drawbridge. This allowed the Xeng Shin ruling body to start the construction of an easy means to cross the Pùbù biān hé without means of boat. This, unfortunately, considerably decreased the income of the ferry sailors in the poor districts. To combat this decrease in income, the ruling body started a tax on the bridge to prevent sailors from going completely bankrupt. From the north, came word of another massive city that was being constructed by Robert and Matthew Aden, known as Adenbury. The locals sent a few ships north, and returned with a sapling of the wonderful Apple Willow. The Apple Willow sapling was planted in the luxurious garden on the wealthy elite district and blossomed into a very large a fruitful tree. Even today, the rich enjoy the sweet taste of the Megalo-apples. A few months after that, the viking civilization to the south of Xeng Shin, from the city of Kalborg ventured northward with trading purposes in mind, only to discover Xeng Shin after trekking through the expansive Draemar Mountains. Kalborg's citizens decided to start a trade route with Xeng Shin, which eagerly accepted the proposed trade route, to benefit both cities. They created a gravel path through the mountains, with a rest stop and gaming location between the two cities. Since then, there have been talks about setting up a quicker route between the tow cities involving the hanging-bridge construction street techniques of the Kalborgians. Recently, there have been eager discussions between Kē Dí Yōulíng and Matthew Aden about a MetroVox line between Adenbury to the north and Xeng Shin. The proposal was finally excepted after several weeks of prolonged debate, and both sides will soon be starting the necessary construction.
Travel & Trade
A ferry is available next to Fang Ma, the giant white-sailed junk vessel, which departs to and Panostia, offering connections from there to other destinations in Pangea. A ticket is required for this trip. Tickets are available in the lighted kiosk next to the ferry. The company behind Panostia has given some of its great technology to Xeng Shin, allowing it to make the large drawbridge across the Pùbù biān hé. Panostia also benefits, as poorer citizens of Xeng Shin go to work at the Panostian lock system.
In the Xeng Shin Nobles' Garden, there can be found an Adenburian Apple Willow which was brought over as a small sapling and grew to become a rather large apple willow. It was traded for with a Derpie Bonzai, which can be found on the intersection of Andreille Ave and Ridge Street in eastern Adenbury.