Carina Temple

The Carina Temple is created within the Pyramid stadium. Using parts that haven't been taken for other things needed among the ships.


Each altar is consecrated to a Lord of Kobol, each being little more than a stand of plastic marked with the sign of its assigned deity. At the front is the main altar to Zeus Soter Xenioste (Zeus, Saviour and Sacred Friend): Zeus himself spreads his hands in protection over all who come for safety in the sanctuary. In the center of the space is another low altar which may be variously consecrated depending on the rites to be performed in the wide open space in the middle of the sanctuary. In the middle of the central altar, unless currently in use for other purposes, there sits a stone representation of the Omphalos.


The sanctuary of Artemis is a study in peace and tranquility. Curtained walls are adorned with delicate silver banners, falling from high on the ceiling down nearly to the base of the walls. A series of four on either side, in graduated shades of silver, from light to dark; a symbolic representation of the phases of the moon. Benches have been set out in careful rows from the rear of the temple to just a few feet from the altar. The altar itself is a study in simplicity. A table, inset with a silver basin filled with crystal clear water sits below a statue of Artemis in her guise as goddess of the hunt and of the moon. She bears a silver bow and arrow, and a crescent moon hangs above her head. Lighting within the temple is in the form of silvery basins, filled with light, the outsides of which are carved with images of Artemis in her many other guises, as the goddess of childbirth, healing, the hunt, wild animals and the wilderness. A door on the northern wall of the temple seems to lead outside to a garden.


The narthex of the twin temples of Artemis and Apollo seems an extension of the grove, rather than something separate from it. No enclosed structures here. Instead, a wide porch welcomes visitors to the temple grounds, simply carved columns providing support for the roof, but leaving the area almost completely open air. Ivy winds around a number of the columns, and potted plants are interspersed with wide benches for comfortable seating. To add a certain sanctity to the area, delicate marble statues of the Lords of Kobol dot the porch, including the figures of Zeus, Athena, Hera and Aphrodite. The figures of Apollo and Artemis are noticeably absent, their effigies housed within the temples proper.

The Twin Temples house the Sanctuaries of the Twin Gods, Apollo and Artemis. In addition to the sanctuaries, the temple complex houses a Meditation Garden, the Temple Garden and the Hydroponic Garden. A small area in the rear of the temple complex houses the living quarters of the priests, priestesses and their acolytes who reside within.


Tranquility seems to radiate from the very earth, in this large garden. A place to reflect and meditate, surely. In place of earth, in the wide area, there is sand, carefully tended, and combed into intricate and endless patterns, gently dappled by the shadow of leaves from the trees beyond. Rocks dot the ground, at intervals which suggest a deeper meaning. The outer walls of the garden are adorned by simple benches, set so that anyone thus seated, may study the sandy expanse in its entirety. At the very centre of the garden, accessible via a small path of water-smoothed stones rests a disc perhaps fifteen feet in diameter. Made of a material nearly the same shade as the sand, it nevertheless provides a bit of cushioning beneath the feet. A small shed at the rear of the garden houses the supplies necessary to tend to its needs.


The garden is a study in conservation and the judicious use of space. Fully enclosed, in a simple reinforced glass building for temperature regulation, it teems with tiers and supports for the plants housed within. The air is warm and moist, and the steady trickling sound of water lends a peaceful, relaxing air.

The small enclosure has been divided by the types of living things being grown. At the rear, are the root vegetables, such as potatoes, beans and carrots. Further out, are the vine vegetables, including string beans, tomatoes and squash. Along the sides are a small sampling of fruits, including grapes, various berries and the star of the show, a pygmy apple tree in its own pot.

Here and there, to fill in the space, are small boxes filled with fragrant herbs and a few tiny shoots still too young to be properly classified. All of the tools and supplies needed to work the garden are tucked away in a small shed that sits just on the other side of the glass behind the garden.

Those who assist in the care of the garden recieve a small portion of the fruits and vegetables harvested there. Additionally, food may still be purchased when it is available, with part of the proceeds going as a donation to the Temple, and the rest given over to the civilian government.

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