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Character-A-Day post (Place-A-Week)

From characteraday



What is this Place Called and Where is it?: The Sentinel on 55 Cancri e
Genre of Story: Young Adult Sci-Fi
Describe the Place in Your Own Words: It's a sort of man-made Stonehenge made of steel instead of stone, and it is grounded in a large sand-pit. The metal sculpture is meant to attract lightning.
What Happens at this Place in the Story?: Creatures from all around the universe travel here to dig around in the sand for beautiful glass trinkets (a rare and expensive jewelry material) created when the lightning strikes The Sentinel. It is a dangerous plight, for one never knows when lightning will strike again. And this is the reason that it is a right-of-passage into married life for young men.
What's a Day Like Here? The Sentinel is a dangerous place to lollygag around, and no one is allowed near it after nightfall, but the surrounding area is always busy with tourists. One can sit atop the skyscrapers to watch the lightning strike, which is most beautiful to see at dusk.
How far away is the closest building and what's there? The closest building is a hotel for tourists, about four Earth-miles away. It's the most expensive hotel one can stay, but tourists claim it is worth the price of being first on the scene in the morning.

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pax_athena
Jan. 21st, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I wonder who built this metal stonehenge ... And what they might have originally intended with it.

And interesting community, btw. I think I'll bookmark it, for the cases when I'm stuck when writing or am searching for a new idea!
diello
Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
Oh! Well, it was certainly built to attract lightning, but not to attract tourists ;)
Nobody knows who it was built by...

And I thought you'd like that community :)
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