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House of the Immortal Son

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The House of the Immortal Son is one of two original temples to Aroden in Oppara (the other being the Basilica of the Last Man). Both temples still stand today. The sleek Azlanti architecture with elegant marble, granite, and numerous decorative pillars makes the House of the Immortal Son Taldor's most extravagant opera house, which has been its use since Aroden's death. Aroden's holy symbol can still be seen on its roof.[1]

Architecture

The opulence of the interior decorations and detailing is unparalleled, with gilding to the point of excess, rich carpeting, silk coverings, oversized candelabras, and chandeliers. The grand former temple is a windowless circle 190 feet in diameter. In addition to the large grand auditorium, stage, and backstage areas, there are six entrances:[2]

  • The northern Green entrance, with fewer opulent appointments and a light green carpet, is reserved for commoners.
  • To the northeast, furthest from the stage, is the banquet hall entrance. This entrance is for wealthy non-nobles to enter the house.
  • To the east is the Blue entrance. Its white marbled floor and dark blue carpet are reserved for nobles, but it is not used by the royal court.
  • To the southeast is the bar, also known as the Immortal Drunk. It serves patrons before performances and during intermissions, and hosts innumerable after-performance parties. The red carpet entrance is reserved for wealthy people outside of the nobility.
  • To the south, closest to stage right, is the gaudy Violet entrance. Its deep violet carpet is reserved for the Stavian III and his royal court.
  • To the west is the White entrance, also known as the Actor's Door, which is marked by granite pillars and a filthy carpet. According to tradition, the century-old carpet must never be cleaned or replaced lest it bring ruin to the house.

The House of the Immortal Son is built atop the Chamber of the Stone, an underground room that contained the Zyphus Stone, an ancient artifact of Zyphus that predates the founding of Taldor. Azlanti descendants sealed it under a heavy capstone more than 6,000 years ago when Oppara was nothing more than a simple fishing village. Since it was first discovered in 4708 AR, the Zyphus Stone has been removed and now is held by the Pathfinder Society in Absalom.[3][4]

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