Fancy a game of Pai Sho with your cup of ginseng tea? The popular strategy board game from the world of Avatar can now be yours for you to play! It even comes with its own set of rules and box for holding the game pieces.
The sound of metal flying through the air, the crack of the blade impaling in the wooden target board. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Deep breath, focus hearing, take in surroundings, tune out surroundings, throw. It was after the show, but Aurora could tell that she’d not been on her ‘A Game’ as Mr. Jacobi had said. She’d missed one of her targets, and now, she had gotten right back to practice. Throwing her last blade, the girl took a deep breath, taking the familiar walk to the target. Her nimble fingers ran over each painted ring, and a light smirk appeared on her delicate lips as she came to the conclusion that she’d hit all of them. Ripping each of her five blades from the wood proved to be no trouble at all for her as she tucked them back into her belt, and headed for the exit. She stopped suddenly, bare toes curling in the sand. Four rows up… Just in the middle. A finger suddenly raised, pointing to the exact spot where she knew the straggler sat. “I can hear you, stranger. You’d ought to leave now.” She said firmly, her head still lowered.
Medieval Norway by RobertCross1 (off and on) After the Vikings, but long before anyone thought to ask “What does the fox say?”, Norway gave us stave churches.
This is the Borgund stave church, in the west-central Norwegian county of Sogn og Fjordane. It is a medieval wooden church built sometime between 1180 and 1250 AD, with later additions and restorations. Its walls are formed by vertical wooden boards, or staves, hence the name “stave church”. The four corner posts were connected to one another by ground sills, resting on a stone foundation. This is one of the best preserved of Norway’s 28 remaining stave churches. Of these, I have visited six so far. The craftsmanship, beauty, and durability of these structures is remarkable, especially considering that they are made of wood, and that they are upwards of 800 years old.
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