Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: All of Me

πŸ“ Wilcox Warren
πŸŒ‡ Level Four
πŸ•’ Morning

“A scorched flat plain stretched off in every direction uninterrupted. No hills, no mountains, just endless wastes. In the distance a broken sun was setting, and it lengthened our shadows across the flat expanse.”

β€”Waldo Bell, Old Broken Road


Visit Previous Haunts:

Lucky Star

πŸ“ Denny Lake Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ•™ Midmorning

Rhapsody

πŸ“ King Station Warren
πŸŒ† Level Four
πŸ•– Early Evening

Serenade on Two

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Two
πŸ•š Late Night


Local Service

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ• Mid-Day

Licensed Dir. Agents

πŸ“ Unknown Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•š Late Night

Happy Auseil

πŸ“ Hickman-Franklin Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ• Early Morning


Title Card for "Social Climber" a Lovatine Vignette of a man riding a public lift

Social Climber

πŸ“ Frink Park Warren
πŸ™ Between Level Four & Five
πŸ•œ Early Afternoon

Title Card for "Order Up" a Lovatine Vignette of a neon sign flashing behind the espresso machine in a coffee shop

Order Up

πŸ“ Shantak Coffee
🚒 Deck Three
πŸ•˜ Mid-Morning


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Credits:

Newsie: Drew Gerken
β€œAll of Me” by Mildred Bailey and The Paul Whiteman Orchestra (1931)

Other audio from Freesounds special thanks to: amholma ,dbdarby, ecfike, felix-blume, kodak, krkovicka, mdsn, niamh00145229, psykoosiossi, reznik, scotthopkins, sean-sd2007, and the shuggie.

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Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Order Up

πŸ“ Shantak Coffee
🚒 Deck Three, Kaleetan District (Onboard the Gamble)
πŸ•˜ Mid-Morning

“The spot had a more substantial appearance than other locations on this deck. Its walls were solid bulkheads, and it had its own door that led into a dark interior. The sign above was neon, the glass twisted to illustrate in blue glowing tubes a creature that was a hybrid between bat and bird, paired with an ugly horse’s head. The glass was animated to give the bird-thing a herky-jerky appearance as if it was in flight. A white fabric sign below read β€˜Lovat’s Oldest Operating Coffee Shop’ in red Strutten letters.”

β€”Waldo Bell, Gleam Upon the Waves


Visit Previous Haunts:

Lucky Star

πŸ“ Denny Lake Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ•™ Midmorning

Rhapsody

πŸ“ King Station Warren
πŸŒ† Level Four
πŸ•– Early Evening

Serenade on Two

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Two
πŸ•š Late Night


Local Service

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ• Mid-Day

Licensed Dir. Agents

πŸ“ Unknown Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ•š Late Night

Happy Auseil

πŸ“ Hickman-Franklin Warren
πŸŒƒ Level Three
πŸ• Early Morning


Title Card for "Social Climber" a Lovatine Vignette of a man riding a public lift

Social Climber

πŸ“ Frink Park Warren
πŸ™ Between Level Four & Five
πŸ•œ Early Afternoon


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Credits:

Some audio from Freesounds. Special thanks to: erh, ivolipa, kinoton, patricklieberkind, srgbld, stuntman, trainscough5407, and univ-lyon3.

Broll provided by Videezy.com


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Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Social Climber

πŸ“ Frink Park Warren
πŸ™ Between Level Four & Five
πŸ•œ Early Afternoon

“Lifts rise and fall through Lovat’s superstructure constantly. Because of their size they’re pretty slow, but it beats climbing the stairs between levels. Hundreds of them whir, hum, and clack their way along, passing between floors, carrying passengers and cargo up and down. The public city lines usually run inside the massive pillars that hold the levels aloft, though those aren’t the only hoists in the city. Lifts of all shapes and sizes owned by all sorts of interests run day and night. There are express lines and extravagant lifts for the rich. There are lifts for cargo, and for school children.”

β€”Waldo Bell, Red Litten World


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Credits:

Some audio from Freesounds. Special thanks to: ingudios, michael grinnell, mitchelk, newagesoup, pitched senses, and soapuel.


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Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Local Service

πŸ“ Martello Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ• Mid-Day

“I leaned my head against the monorail window and watched buildings flash past. I felt sick, lost, and lonely. I was terrified. I had started to shake after collapsing into my seat. Too focused on fleeing, I had skipped buying a ticket. I hoped the conductor was feeling lazy and wouldn’t pass through the car.”

β€”Waldo Bell, The Stars Were Right


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Credits:

Audio from Freesounds, special thanks to: emirdemirel, epicdude959, erh, ianstargem, kwahmah-02, miastodzwiekow, mycompasstv, nahlin83, nathan45100, trautwein, and yuval

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Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Rhapsody

πŸ“ King Station Warren
πŸŒ† Level Four
πŸ•– Early Evening

β€œYes, I’m Hagen Dubois, and this is Saint Olmstead Religious Antiques.” He waved his hand around, moving automatically into his pitch. β€œWe specialize in pre-Aligning antiquities, though we do carry all manner of holy and consecrated objects; for the more discerning customer I have access to all manner of items I can get delivered. Now, introductions out of the way, can I help you?”

β€”Hagen Dubois, The Stars Were Right


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Credits:

β€œRhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin

Other audio from Freesounds, special thanks to acclivity, larasark, mzui, qubodup, scream studio, straget, theshuggie, and zevcuk.

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Old Haunts β€” Vignettes and Visions from the City of Lovat

Old Haunts: Lucky Star

πŸ“ Denny Lake Warren
πŸ™ Level Four
πŸ•™ Midmorning

“The long-dead engineers who designed Lovat’s superstructure made its massive floors and ceilings hollow. A lot of these hollows are crammed with the things that make a city livable: sewer pipes, air ducts, electrical lines, generators. Others are empty intermediate spaces. Some are occupied with shanty towns packed cheek by jowl, some are filled with trash, some harbor narrow mushroom gardens, and a small number have become storefronts. Cedric’s operates in the latter. An in-between place for in-between folks.”

β€”Waldo Bell, Red Litten World


This vignette (and those that will follow) were initially created for my Instagram account (they loop a bit more seamlessly over there.) But, I’ve had too much fun creating these to hide them away on social media so expect to see them here as well.

If you like this and are hungry for more of the Bell Forging Cycle, there’s plenty more out there for those of keen mind and stalwart heart.


Credits:

β€œYou Are My Lucky Star” by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Other audio from Freesoundsβ€”special thanks to jrsandoval, kangaroovindaloo, ludwigmueller, nahlin83, splicesound, be-a-hero-not-a-patriot, kiloton, theshuggie, microsoftsam, kodack, craigsmith, and jackbhandersen.

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Dead Drop: Missives from the desk of K. M. Alexander

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