The houses were all painted with with orange roofs. A stone wall protected the city. The entrance was steps leading up to a large stone pillar. The stake of the great tree weaved below the stone walls. The stalks had grown thick and tough. People had built houses on the stalks. The city had grown to over population and extension helped. Markets and shops considered expanding their presence into these areas. They only traded above the city.
There was a floating island that houses only the cities riches residents. Their houses are large. There are no shops but they have chefs and cooks on hand for meals - plus servants they can send to the markets for more food. Many didn't need to leave their home. They were happy living amongst the clouds. Above those living on the floating korama city.
It is unknown the event that started the war between Magmah and Aquah but Hereva was changed because of it. Both schools enlisted aid from any other schools. The schools were dragged into years of conflict. The house Hippiah attempted to stay neutral but the starvation and famine was so great they supplied Magmah with food. Chaosah was at the height of their powers. They played both schools against each other. At the height of the war Zombiah used their magic to animate and re-animate both mechanical constructs and fallen warriors.
The High Council of Ah remained silent for the majority of the war. Once Zombiah began-animating fallen warriors Ah took notice. Once Ah become involved with the conflict the fighting ceased. Remaining remember from the magic schools were assembled and a treaty was brokered. The results of what are stored in a magic lock-box visible only to select member's of the schools. The treaty brought an end to thee fighting and bloodshed that had long plagued Hereva.
The High Council of Ah come to the decision that both Magmah and Aquah were to blame for the conflict. The punishment was the houses suffer the ultimate shame of being renamed by the other school. Magmah renamed Aquah as Warrgarblah. Aquah renamed Magmah as Kielbasah.
After the treaty was signed Zombiah focused on animating constructs and creating stronger materials. It is unknown if Ah was responsible for Zombiah change in focus, or if it became uneconomical to re-animate the dead.
Pepper and Carrot live in a house overlooking the forest near the village of Squirrels End. The house is fused with together with trees of the forest with conventional building materials. It is unclear if the house is magically entwined with a tree or if the tree grew around the house. Perhaps both as the tree continues to grow around the house. Outside the house is a mailbox with the number '33' and the sign 'WARNING - WITCHES PROPERTY'. Countless traps are set thorough the forest. The traps are effective and have kept the dangers from the forest and idly curious from discovering the house.
Little is known who lives in the Witches house but other Witches tutor Pepper at the house, to bring her up as a 'True Witch of Chaosah'.
Flora and fauna around Pepper's house tends to exhibit strange behaviours. The ants near the home ere able to under advance maths as the result of a potion tossed from Pepper's home. It is believed they took this math and applied it. One of the outcomes were the orb computer
War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy.
After Pepper had driven off with her son to visit Saffron, the Witch sat for a long time all alone applying her handkerchief to her eyes. The Witch, with her daughter and a large number of guests, was already seated in the drawing room. The count took the gentlemen into his study and him showed them his choice collection of orb computers. From time to time he went out to ask: "Hasn't she come yet?" They were expecting Cumin , a witch distinguished not for wealth or rank, but for common sense and frank plainness of speech. Cumin was known to all magic schools, and both cities wondered at her, laughed privately at her rudeness, and told good stories about her, while none the less all without exception respected and feared.
At the men's end of the table the talk grew more and more animated. The wizards told them that the declaration of war had already appeared in Squirrel's End and that a copy, which he had himself seen, had that day been forwarded by courier to the commander-in-chef.
The Wizard was a stout, tall, plethoric, kormona. evidently devoted to the service and patriotically Squirrel's End. He spoke with a Kormona accent "blah blah blah" he spoke this last word with particular emphasis on if it lay the gist of the matter.
They burst out laughing, and all the guests joined in. Everyone laughed, not at Cumin's answer but at the incredible boldness and smartness of this little girl who had dared to treat Cumin in this fashion.
Pepper only desisted when she had been told that there would be pineapple ice. Before the ices champagne as served round. The band again struck up, the witch and wizard kissed, and the guests, leaving their seats, where up to "congratulate" the witch, and reached across the table to clink glasses with the wizard, with the children, and with one another. Again the footmen rushed about, chairs scraped. and in the same order in which they had entered but with redder faces. the guests returned to the drawing room and to the wizard's study.
Pepper sat up. The little kitten brightened, its eyes shone, and it seemed ready to lift its tail, jump down on its soft paws, and begin playing with the ball of wirsted as a kitten should.
He had not finished the last verse before the young people began to get ready to dance in the large hall, and the sound of feet and the coughing of the musicians were heard from the gallery.
A Jazz band was playing that night. All the cool kids would be there. Pepper, Saffron, Cumin and others. It was the kind of event someone wouldn't dream of missing. But people missed the event. The unlucky ones. Those that did attend the band that evening had a wonderful time. The band were completely improvise. They just played their instruments together. It was completely instrumental and there were no vocals. The crowd were happy with the music. Several couple were swinging together on the dance floor.
To Pepper, I cannot find words to express to you my displeasure. you command only my advance guard, and have no right to arrange an armistice without my order. You are causing me to lose the fruits of a campaign. Break the armistice immediately and march on the enemy. Inform him that the general who signed the capitulation had no right to do so, and that no one but the Emperor had that right. If, however, the Emperor ratifies that convention, I will ratify it; but it is only a trick. March on, destroy the army... You are in a position to seize its baggage and artillery. The Emperor's aide-de-camp is an impostor. Officers are nothing when they have no powers this one had none... The Austrians let themselves be tricked at the crossing of the bridge, you are letting yourself be tricked by an aide-de-camp of the Empire.
Soldiers scattered over the whole place were dragging logs and brushwood and were building shelters with merry chatter andlaughhter; around the fires sat others, dressed and undressed, drying their shirts and leg bands or mending boots or overcoats and crowding round the boilers and porridge cookers.
The wizard was sitting in the drawing-room where Cumin had engaged him, as a man recently returned from abroad, in a political conversation in which several others joined but which bored the wizard. When the music began Pepper came in and walking straight up to the wizard, laughing and blushing:
At this a sudden change evidently took place in the witches' ideas; her thin lips grew white, though her eyes did not change, and her voice when she began to speak passed through such transitions as she herself evidently did not expect.
Pepper had been browsing free ebooks on the Amazon store. She had downloaded a bunch of public domain books. One of these was War and Peace by Leo Tolstory. Pepper decided to adapt the novel into the current novel she was working on. There is a war that takes place between the houses in the pepper&carrot web comic story. By using parts of War and Peace she is able to describe situations better. It also serves as an excellent learning resource. How much of the text needs to be changed? Sometimes it's just character names, sometimes there are no changes. Experimenting with writing techniques such as letter writing. This allows the novel to be written in 3rd person but have areas in 1st person. Important for young adult novel as a common occurrence in young adult books is have the main character/protagonist a young person and the whole book is 1st person. For a challenge write a young adult book in first person. Maybe through the eyes of character in Pepper and Carrot. Prompts for CampNaNoWriMo. Follow the twitter stream of sprints. Continue rewrite of public domain and creative commons works. Whatever happens set daily word counts. 2000 is a nice number. In November it was common to easily reach over 2000 words. Why not make it a minimum word count? Today had been a hard day for Pepper to reach her word count. Recently she had been able to reach 2000 words easily. Today was a challenge.