|The Rhoades Mansion
||[May. 4th, 2014|11:29 am]
Spectral Shadows Brain Stormers
TK is wanting to do a layout of The Rhoades Mansion. So I thought I'd put what I know about the mansion here so it can be discussed and possible expanded upon. As you will see, the possibilities of what can be done with this house are limitless.|
As you come in the front door there's a large foyer, which I determined the last time I did visual research is like the foyer in Gone With The Wind, which I have a picture of in my drop box.
To the left, facing the staircase is the drawing room, which is rather large, and I also have some examples of that type of drawing room in the drop box.
At the top of the stairs is (I forget what you call it) a long straight open floor with a banister on the side that looks down on the foyer, and the doors to several bedrooms on the wall on the other side. Jon and Sonny have the master bedroom at the far right. Next to that is Perry's room. On the far right is Lorri's room, and next to that is Christine's room. Each of these bedrooms is attached to it's own bathroom.
There are doors at the extreme right and left. These lead into corridors that theoretically take you into the north and south wings of the house. I say theoretically because at that point the inside of the house becomes difficult to relate to the outside of the house.
The corridors wind and branch off in unfathomable directions, and they are all lined with doors and little electric lamp fixtures, which, in Dark Shadows fashion, are for some unfathomable reason always lit, even if it's obvious no one's been in that corridor for a hundred years.
There are also innumerable secret passages, also inexplicably lit by the same type of ever burn light fixtures.
You never know what's behind any door. It might be a storage room, a closet, a bath room, or it might open on another corridor. It is a house one can literally get lost in. So the closer rooms are most frequently used for guests or to make offices for town officials who need a place in the mansion.
I don't know my directions too well. I'm assuming the north wing is to the left of the staircase. In the north wing we have Christine's playroom, and a room which will be given to Kacey. In the south wing is an office for Bixyl.
Going back down the stairs into the foyer, there's a door for a storage space under the stairs, a table on which sits a telephone, and behind the table on the back wall is a door leading to the lower regions of the house.
There is no staircase behind this door as most might assume there would be. The door leads into a spiraling corridor that seems to just wind down forever. As you go down you pass the music room and Perry's workshop. Going down deeper the walls abruptly change from the colors of the house to the colors of the sound chaser, and on that level is Sir Jon's laboratory.
Sir Jon's laboratory is actually the console room, which is connected to the inner room where Christine was transformed, and the big bathroom Perry shared with Jenny.
The console room has a number of doors. Opening any one of these doors will take you into Rocie's domain. More winding corridors that seem to wind downward forever, all lined with doors to rooms where Rocie stores her junk collection.
And if you go down far enough, you come to the alicorn chamber, where you would find the crystal unicorn that is the power source for the sound chaser, but you don't really want to go in there.
Inspiration for the concept of the house is a mixture of influences from Dark Shadows and Doctor Who. In both cases you had an outward façade which was never considered when designing the interior. The structure is not only bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, but it is a living structure, capable of altering its own construction, adding corridors, rooms and secret passages where there were none before, and opening portals to other times, planets and dimensions. Not to mention it's tendency to trap the spirits of anyone who dies in it, causing it to be filled with ghosts, and the fact that the house itself is just a disguise for a time ship, which can pick up and leave any time, and has, in fact, been seen disguised as this house on two different planets . . . so far.