Into the Depths of the Lost Song Forest: Scyllieuse [SC2013 CJ]

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Into the Depths of the Lost Song Forest: Scyllieuse [SC2013 CJ]

Postby pcgamer2 » Thu May 22, 2014 4:48 am

Good day all. While we continue to wait for something to tilt from that mill thats attempting Sannyasa, what about another of pcgamer2's oh-****-he-made-yet another-journal journals? True you don't have to be here. Fly away if you wish. It'll still be posting for my benefit, for we all know how fickle EA is with shutting down servers at no moment's notice.Thus for the protection of the work I've put into these thingies, I'll be reposting them here as well as with the originals on the EA forum. The original thread for this one is here http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/10091498.page , and I'll of course still give you guys some extra exclusive goodies as well (awesome right? Ya ya just go with it). So without any further ado... (and shoutout to those who are still reading thank you!) and with as usual a playlist that has inspired the creation of the journal http://open.spotify.com/album/1UBdVrk0aaya4VX1r0r3Un

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Je vous présente...

Scyllieuse
La Ville Du Forêt Ancienne

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Bienvenue...welcome to the exploration of one of the most mysteriously glorious treasures of the classical age. Back in the day when the Romans ruled the western crown, there was an ancient kingdom of the Silversong Forest, tucked away into one the most illuminating forests of the world. People would claim there were special energies in the land; often called the silversong itself for it came as a magnificent tune. Pilgrimages to the forest reserve used to be seeked by the seers, the oracles, and the spiritual questers alike. Knowledge and wisdom would then be exported from places anear as Rome, or as far as Alexandria and the Orient. Whatever was found, it was certainly globally renowned for its arcane powers.

For generations upon generations, Scyllieuse was the most destined outpost for the majority of these visitors, due to its close proximity. Oftentimes even, sages and researchers would reside in the city for a variety of higher purposes, for on the days of the high winds the songs could even be heard into the outpost itself. Over time, the outpost began to incorporate into a city of the brilliant--paradise for the intellectuals and enlightened. One of the world's most prestigious research universities of the classical day at once established into one unit (as it was various salons and laboratories beforehand). What was researched here was only known by the very few, though its effects have shaped the globe in ways that only few have comprehended. In any case, the land was respected as sacred, and therefore an international sanctuary. As with an oasis, taboo to any who would invade and claim their own. Unfortunately in time however, the peripheral kingdoms to the forest could not control their lust for war, and with that they brought about the near extinction of the forest itself. While Scyllieuse itself was relatively left unscathed, the forest has been cut away, re-purposed into fortresses, and even plagued. About only 20% of the original forest remains. The drink of the illuminated has almost been driven to extinction! Those who remained in the city have dedicated the rest of their lives to restoring the lifeblood of the forest, though their thirst still remains today. What remains is a small preserve vigorously guarded, and the high winds that continue only sometimes, on an unusual occasional basis, sweep into the city with the energy. For many of the hopefuls today, these scarce songs are still more than anything they could ask for. Some prodigies have even discovered how to harness the energies into a songwell circle radius, allowing for one of the most desired, yet exclusive, entry points in the world.

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For the protection of what is leftover from environmental disrupters, entry access into the sacred city has become an invitation-only allowance by the Club of Scyllieuse. For residency, the restrictions are even stricter until those of only the highest of thinkers (philosophers, scientists, professors, occasional dedicated spiritual questers) who also show a demonstrative care for the earth.

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This gate marks the entrance into the songwell. Despite the selectiveness of invitees, there are well over thousands who are able to experience the enlightening at this very spot on a yearly basis. Even if not here, one can still seclude into the forest directly east of the city (which of course, even more van-guarded by forest rangers and environmentalists alike).

Notwithstanding the tragic past, Scyllieuse with facility has much more of a history to tell. Embodied in its rich cultural history of the past, the way of the Scyllieusens are uniquely integrated into expressions within modern life. The lunar festivals could tell a story of their own, but one cannot then discount that the cuisine of Scyllieuse is regarded as one of the most exotic and delightful of the world,or the music the most inspiring. The arts are well and alive, evident by the architecture and landmarks that have withstood time from centuries to even years more recent that find recreation still by the youngest of minds, specifically those of writers. Simply put, the culture leaves an impressionable mark on any soul who enters into its realm, and thus for this reason combined with the availability of rapid transport, Scyllieuse is beginning to become an exploding interest abroad.

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For the matters of now, nightfall is approaching. I thank you all for your introductory dose, and hope you enjoyed the beginnings of the tale of the city of the lost ancient song forest. Do no fear however, this is not the end--quite only the beginning. More is to come! Here are some à bientôt shots for now. Take care until then!

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Postby bearblue » Sat May 24, 2014 2:56 am

Very pretty! I don't own SC2013 for a variety of reasons, including the fact I'm not sure it would even run on my machine, but those are some lovely images. Thank you for sharing this.

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Postby pcgamer2 » Mon May 26, 2014 5:05 am

Why thanks, glad you like them. Well, SC2013 technically requires greater system spec than SCS, but I have found SC2013 to be much more stable, especially now at patch number #10 or whatever it is now. What are you other reasons, out of curiosity , for not taking the plunge for SC2013? It seems as though people on this forum have a negative/skeptic image of it. It plays like a game that can claim heritage to the traditional Simcity name, yet retains many of the experiences learned with SCS along the way.

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Postby bearblue » Thu May 29, 2014 2:32 pm

I've also been waiting for "offline," playability. But it still remains visually lovely. :) At some point I'm going to pick it up, I am sure.

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Postby pcgamer2 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:19 am

Sorry about the delay, got busy and then didn't have Simcity installed for a while. Everything is back to norm and so the journal lives on :)
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C'est bon de vous revoir....


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Welcome back to the tale of the forest city of Scyllieuse. Today the historic L'avenue de Janus will be introduced (part of the 1ére quartier). Let us begin:

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L'avenue de Janus finds itself both literally and figuratively situated as the beginning and the passageway into the city. Literally, the avenue is the sole interstate accesspoint available to the city-state, and is too in close proximity to regional bus hub. Otherwise, the avenue is of historical importance as it was the original stretch of land of the Scyllieuse outpost thousands of years ago. As a matter of fact, the avenue (and thus outpost and then city eventually) was discovered and founded by Roman Cynics who fled the the capital following unfavorable turn events in Roman politics and society. Intending to merely excape to more tranquil lands of the empire, turbulent weather had lead the flock quite astray. The way they thought was back turned out be entirely flooded by torrential rain, all the while their current path would only lead them into winter's wrath. Fortunately for them however, The gods were in the favor of these travelers (or well, at least one of the gods). The god Janus sent dreams during one brutal night to three women of the group, which told them of a land to the west that would provide just the gentle touch of nature they seeked, and much more. One of these woman were quite persuasive, and so convinced the leader to bring the group to the god's instructions.

After about six days of travel (including traversing a mountain), the group finally reached an extensive pool of bay water. The dream detailed that there would be a forest that sang across crystal blue waters--cross the waters and enter the promise forest. The Cynics did indeed, and immediately felt the favor of Janus. The moderating effects from the woods, the surrounding bay, and the mountain ranges sheltered the forest from the harsh weather events taking place outside of the zone. Bountiful food was to be found with beautiful fruits and vegetables, spectacular views ripe for a loving relationship with nature, and perhaps most importantly, the forest sang! It would take time for these travelers to truly discover the powers to be witnessed by the forest songs, but for now they were over the moon gracious the god Janus. After a phenominally spectacular spring of le beau temps , they finally setup formal settlement in a less forested piece of the forest (as to perserve the beauty and brilliance of the woods themselves) in now present day Scyllieuse, and in the exact spot of l'avenue de Janus. The following year they began construction of l'arc de Janus in dedication of the god of beginnings and passageway, of which a 19th century renovated version stands in place today. Lunar festivals take place as of tradition today throughout the city (but more specifically, at the arc) in honor of the women whose dreams from ¨Janus¨ during that one moonlight winter night that led to the eventual discovery and settlement of Scyllieuse

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Today the avenue is a bustling avenue dominated by tourists and locals alike, salons, multinational and regional organization offices (in specific those dedicated to environmental and scientific causes), cafés/bistros, as well as boutiques. Parks, trees, walkways, and fountains also add a distinct character to the avenue comparable to l'avenue des Champs-Élysées , the most beautiful avenue in the world.

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Its astounding of how much the avenue changes by time of the day. During the day its a bigger than life place to be, and yet by nightfall and dawn its your typical tranquil Romantic street.

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The city keeps overbearing traffic astray with smart alternatives to cars. Most notably citizens are using the buses, though bikes and walking have also become eco and healthy choices by citizens and tourists. The meticulous design of the city has made walking, biking, busing, and all the more very friendly and approachable to all individuals and families alike. Because of the threat that climate change could have on the Silversong forest, Scyllieuse hopes to become a zero-impact city in the next 15-20 years, thus this fact has become a very welcomed accomplishment.

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Here is a nice view of the backside of some of the buildings from the avenue (as well as little preview of a neighborhood to be unveiled in due time )

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This shall be all for now. I hope today's journey has kept you intrigued enough about this little lovable city of ours. We hope you enjoy and explore the city for yourselves for now, as we await your return on our next round of touring next time in this adventure tale.

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Postby CatMajik » Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:07 pm

Very Nice :D

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Postby Herodotus » Sun Aug 24, 2014 8:36 am

Those are truly beautiful images.

All you need is the peloton of the Tour on the "Champs Elysees"...

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Postby pcgamer2 » Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:47 pm

Why thanks! And definitely! But we'll see soon enough where all the bikers are ;)

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Postby pcgamer2 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:37 am

Good evening all, hope your enjoying your stay thus far. We will now take our very first walk around a popular dwelling spot of where the real Scyllieusean people live: Quartier de Pont Argent. More or less a neighborhood that refers to the Pont Argent bridge in its proximity, the quartier reflects some of the best qualities of Scyllieuse from both modern and pasttime.

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As one of the first permanent neighborhoods to accompagne L'avenue de Janus during the city's settlement, the area has a strong commitment to its mission of making a quality of life a reality for those within its reach. Gardens, parks, fountains, 2 superb schools (one primary and one secondary), easy access to city and transport services, community organizing, and vista views all make the quartier de Pont Argent an highly desirable place to live for those wanting to settle down (notably families, professionals, and retirees).

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We are quite lucky to see some sun this early: normally fogginess and mist shooting up from the bay characterizes the mornings of this part of the city.

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The unique thing about many of the sculptures and gardens here are that they are considered living. Though they may of be initiated hundreds of years ago, they always receive a new chapter to their story with the new ideas of every succeeding generation.

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Children at play

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A great picnic spot, according to Tripadvisor

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Many great ponders have been ponded upon here

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Postby pcgamer2 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:45 am

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Though Scyllieuse has been a mystery for most of the world for centuries, it is not a wonder why the city feels Romanticism. The city has been rediscovered and made popular among the enlightened thinkers of the salons in France as a sanctionary for thought and dissidents who had to flee the country during the ancien regime. Following the enlightenment, Scyllieuse continued to be a hot spot for those of the counterculture of the 19th century (including the impressionists). All these thinkers certainly did have an influence in return, and it shows most noticably in the city's architecture and the defacto language (though French has had a much longer history of influence that will be discussed later on).

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And now for what I've been impatiently waiting to present: la Rue Des Gemmes . Sit back and enjoy the finale of today's tour : )

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See you all back soon!

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Postby pcgamer2 » Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:29 am


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Postby PantherX » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:04 pm

Nicely Done!

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Postby pcgamer2 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:52 am

Thanks Panther, happy to know that people are enjoying this!
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Le Quartier De La Tour
The Tower District


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Welcome back, today we embark on the most engaging part of the tour yet, for its the second and almost only tower district, inspired greatly from the first. Shall we begin?

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Le Quartier De La Tour is world renown for the allure of La Tour de la Silversong, exotic boutiques and cuisine, and above it its artistry. A district founded by artists, its traditions still hold true to its purpose and culture; one will hardly not walk by without observing an artist with their palette and canvas painting fluidly in this surreal world, from the rooftops all the way to the streets and parks overlooking the bay. They take away heavily from the works of northern and French painters and architects, though always find their own flare and originality along the way. Try taking a look for yourself all around, and don't forget even the minute details!

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So much more is happening across these parts however. Many others have joined the district along the way in history, including the UN council on sustainable development, which meets in heart of the very place where it sustainability matters the most.

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I myself still to this day am stupefied of how such a Scyllieuse, a vibrant and fully alive city of so much, finds itself still continuing the notes of serenity, as if all is good at peace. Horns aren't honking, traffic isn't so bad thanks to public transit, people walk fast and yet leisurely. Everyday is of de beaux temps. Shall one picnic, walk the streets, sit in the park, visit with good friends, and basically enjoy their casual daily doings with such laissez-faire as they do here?

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Most of the shopping for tourits and locals alike can be found along this promenade. Fashion, kitchen, and decor for the people.

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Much to enjoy about the late summers here in Scyllieuse. Wonderful blue and radiant skies along with lovely coastal breezes allow for nice and cool max 19-22 C (66-72 F) sunshine filled days (well deserved ones at that). Most locals venture into the forests (or other places but no spoilers yet) for adventure during the weekend, returning during the late evening (with the luxury of longer days), for an enjoyable balade (walk). Some may window shopping or go for a jog, and then sit back and enjoy light supper with those in their friend and family circles. Quite the experience, before those crisp, cool, and (oftentimes) rainy autumn days arrive.

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Postby pcgamer2 » Sun Sep 21, 2014 6:04 am

What you've all probably been waiting for this whole time obviously! Get those cameras out.

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And please don't forget that the beauty is in the composition. This tower would be nothing without the landscape that compliments its glory.

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Oh what would we give to spend all day here (as everyone else is). Between the city and the nature, this tower is juxtapositioned in just a way that blends two quite normally counter forces into one coherent world. From the top we could overlook it all, realizing the truth and all the perspectives of the spectrum. Maybe that might be why people have gathered to this very spot for over a hundred year, since the days of the Exposition.

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Now that the night is swooning in and our day is winding down, how about we settle down to enjoy the dining and nightlife the forest city has to offer? Scyllieuse has well established itself as the epicenter of plant based cuisine, thanks to both its tradition (attributed to a relative lack of ability to establish livestock as well as low desirability to do so) and efforts to promote sustainability. Heath, fitness, energy, and the environment are high virtues in these parts, and no one else represents these to the rest of the world quite as clearly as this restaurant row. Many cookbooks have found their inspired authors here.

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Maybe one last look at the tower while we walk around?

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Wish you all a fair bonne nuit, and hope you all enjoy this very majestic moon-lit night. See you soon!

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