Tales of Urm.

From out of the city of Urm, which is imaginary, there arose in that year a great stink. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:42:30 UTC
#Urmcollab is a hashtag I just inaugurated for a shared Twittering about an imaginary city. Anyone can play. Pick a tweet and follow on. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:44:02 UTC
I'll blog some #Urmcollab thoughts later #Urmcollabmeta - but it should be strange, gorgeous, and fun. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:46:39 UTC
@laurenbeukes Want to play with Urm? #Urmcollab #Urmcollabmeta Spontaneous insanity. No worries if not. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:47:42 UTC
Oh, phooey. That #Urmcollab meta tag had better be #metaUrm - otherwise we get all the tweets... Hm. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:49:54 UTC
The stink was almost tangible.It rose,straight backed,from the river and like a fiend from childhood terrors stalked the streets. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:50:02 UTC
The people of Urm barely noticed the stink anymore;it was a thickness to the air&hardly that.Something for strangers to choke on. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:27:11 UTC
18th Century British travelers wrote, albeit cryptically, of the so-called "Urmish vice". #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:47:26 UTC
Druillet discovered it first: http://books.gigaimg.com/avaxhome/avaxhome/2007-03-09/urm.jpg #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:55:17 UTC
The most popular stall in the mega foodmall was Soup'n Sourdough #Urmcollab ;-)) Wed, 02 Feb 2011 15:58:42 UTC
In the city of Urm, on a certain kind of Wednesday, everyone wakes up blind and Argentinian #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:00:40 UTC
The skin of the inhabitants of Urm had a bioluminescence that was only visible in the water at night; it had to do with courting. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:11:55 UTC
On the banks of the river Urmagon, inhabitants cull the fish-beast population with singing harpoons. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:56:35 UTC
The fish-beasts, actually bred by the mayor's office to cull the human population, return fire with jezails made from floatsam. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:59:52 UTC
In Urm, even the beggars and thieves were wealthy, they had all the words they needed. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:00:29 UTC
"ahhhh, the fish-beasts are attacking!" #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:05:02 UTC
Department of Genetic Ecology reports spelling error caused riddle-asking killer trees, urges citizens not to answer riddles #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:11:51 UTC
Little is known of Urmish Vice beyond the certainty that it involved a flagrant disregard for personal hygiene. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:23:05 UTC
Dept. of Agricultural Warfare investigating Riddle Trees' claim to know key to defeating fish-beast infestation, more at 11 #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:27:54 UTC
Riddle Trees revealed to be Lying Riddle Trees, in league with fish-beasts; DAW research teams reported 'flayed and grilled' #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:32:41 UTC
The Fish-beasts could only be defeated every other Wednesday -when the populous was blind, Argentinian and unmatched at Tango #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:39:56 UTC
The fish-beasts' hideousness actively repel nearly all citizens (save on Blind Argentinian Wednesdays), complicating the cull #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:48:00 UTC
Small % of citizens immune to fish-beast ugliness due to quirk mutation, hired as professional hunters #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:49:44 UTC
Unfortunately, those immune come to find fish-beasts captivating attractive, become known as fish-handlers #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:50:42 UTC
Fish-beasts and fish-handlers now reported to be mating according to breeding plan laid out by Lying Riddle Trees #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:52:14 UTC
Citizens funnel disgust at human/fish-beast relations into blind, tango-fueled riots, resulting in millions of urmars in damage #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:03:51 UTC
Every Wednesday the Argentine government would patiently apply - in braile form - for Urm to be declared an official exclave. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:15:10 UTC
Had the founder of Urm been two thirds deity, one third human, and slept throughout the year except for during calibration? #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:16:47 UTC
The historians and scholars couldn't agree and the nightly bioluminescence said nothing. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:17:45 UTC
The Urm warlords loaded their ISEEDs, interstitial energy entity disrupters, and marched towards the fish-beasts. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:27:15 UTC
No match for the Warlords of Urm, most fish-beasts were wiped out. Hidden survivors are worshipped by their hybrid progeny #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 18:42:46 UTC
The fish-beasts of Urm plot & scheme in the watery tunnels under the city, where they hone their secret weapon: underwater salsa #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 20:20:51 UTC
The eerie dusk of Urm was visible across the dry sea, and through that haze marched louts and swindlers, and the hundred queens. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:09:19 UTC
The musk cloud washed out of the crags in the sea bed, through the gleaming sand, and even Polk the netmender grew bilious. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:13:54 UTC
The poormen of Urm sat bolt upright as they heard the prayer call: the piped lungs of a filthy whale, sung through by the throng. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:15:42 UTC
The hundred queens sold their gun, and (ahem) services, to any and all who who crossed their palm with Mothero'pearl. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:15:57 UTC
Proselytes of the House of Carp condemned those that strode through the Murk.Forgetting they too had been born to the Houseof Koi #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:25:40 UTC
With every Lying Tree cut down, those remaining became more convincing, until only one remained, giving seemingly unerring advice #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:41:05 UTC
Gene-Ecologists, led by deciduous whispers, bred a vine symbiote for the Tree, tendrils weaving through every crack in the City #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:45:41 UTC
In a fit of figary the Chancellor had had the felled Lying Trees fashioned into furniture, and other such, for the Palace of Urm. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:49:39 UTC
The Sexton's Guild denounced the vine-growers, crying blasphemy to the Office of the Primate of Urm. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:52:12 UTC
Unbeknownst to the Chancellor things fashioned of Lying Tree wood never behave has it should . #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:52:52 UTC
The vines never spoke, but they listened; plotters against the Tree were often found with throat cut by a razor-edged leaf #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:56:34 UTC
It took awhile for the Chancellor of Urm ,and his aids, to get used to the Chaise Lounge insisting it was a Door. #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 21:56:54 UTC
The Primate planned to publicly denounce the vines, but the his advisor was found dead, encased in sap, and naught was done. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:01:18 UTC
On Calibration Day, the Founder's aides were shocked: taproots snaking down into the Founder's body, his clockwork flowering #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:03:58 UTC
The Founder spake: "I planned it thus, from the Beginning." Who could argue with the two-thirds divine? #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:05:29 UTC
Houses of Gill and Fin set aside old vendettas, mutually chafing under arboreal rule. Were they not the slippery elite of Urm? #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:08:51 UTC
The Hundred Queens armed and advised the Houses of Gill and Fin, who paid handsomely in mysterious pearl from undisclosed source #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:15:10 UTC
The Chancellor imprisoned by a door convinced it was a wall. A heaviness settled on the city, people moving like sap in the sun. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:26:42 UTC
Then, the Tree bore fruit. #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:27:15 UTC
The fruit of the tree were liars too, & gleamed an oily gold. The plutarchs of Urm took them, & hid them away in dank dark vaults #Urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 22:54:38 UTC
The inhabitants of urm, the urmish awoke to find a proclamation nailed to the last remaining tree. 'To urm is human' #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 23:21:31 UTC
The chancellor, making one of his interminable jokes remarked 'one might say, the urm, has turned' he chuckled to himself #urmcollab Wed, 02 Feb 2011 23:26:57 UTC
The nightly bioluminescence returned as the skies of Urm darkened. Mutiny was in the air. The Urmish despaired. #urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:19:23 UTC
Amidst the despair,many turned to the misunderstood "Urmish Vice".Fires burned & smoked, but the 100 Queens saw & smelled nothing.#urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 01:25:53 UTC
The eastern quarter of Urm, where the unfinished scaffold of Elector Ludwig's dome looms like twill, is quieter by day. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:35:34 UTC
Torn temporary canvas hangs from the dome scaffold, swaying in time with the dusty rags of the traders that pass at its base. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:45:14 UTC
From the very tip of the building one could almost hear the conspirators nestled in their houses, whispering around the urmfires. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:46:54 UTC
"Tonight," they say, "is the night," after which they would be forced to stay indoors as the storms gathered, and form new plans. #urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:49:41 UTC
Wicked are the storms over Urm; they boil the sky above and tear the shells from dwellings with their great peals of thunder. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:51:52 UTC
Yet even the darkening storms cannot distract The Assassin from her consideration of the crumpled instructions she holds #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 13:16:11 UTC
Few texts remain. The cryptic British Urmish Compendium, The Book of Riddles (seemingly written in sap, not ink) & Polk's Malady. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:05:44 UTC
Pearl passed through the hands of the Hundred Queens line the Assassin's pocket; pearl the Sextons' Guild dearly desires. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:05:58 UTC
Crouched in their homes, the Urmish whispered that someone must have angered the Meteoroligarchy, that such a storm should come #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:13:35 UTC
Polk's Malady appears to tell how James Polk died of the Urmish Vice and was replaced with a doppleganger. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:23:12 UTC
Polk's Malady may be mistaken for mere doggerel. Properly translated the netmender's verse is a ballad, though to some a lament. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 16:35:00 UTC
Although written by the netmender, there is evidence that Polk's Malady was revised for unknown reasons by the Codifiers of Urm #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:01:42 UTC
One note in the Compendium supports Polk's account of James & Urmish vice. Another does not, possibly due to his doppelganger. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:08:01 UTC
As the storm raged at the city, the Plutarchs found themselves drawn to their sequestered Lying Fruit, mouths watering... #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:18:56 UTC
The Scrimshander's Union, not heeding the storm, resumed work on Scapula Plaza, built on the shoulder blade of an unknown titan #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:27:50 UTC
Unbeknownst to the Plutarchs, as they opened their crypts & cellars, the lying fruit had sprouted roots & flourished in the dark #urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:42:23 UTC
The new sprouts didn't lie, however; they told the truth. Devastating, impossible truths that no man nor plant should know. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:49:30 UTC
As the storm gathered, a rogue Scrimshander raised the pylon which would draw lightning down into the titan's clockwork heart #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 18:01:39 UTC
All of Urm was on edge as the sky darkened. None more so than Ulibis Pluc, however, who'd just died in a way unseen for centuries #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 18:08:06 UTC
"Flash'd lightning shades surreptitious for multifarious moons, A myriad of unspoil'd seeds weave maxim with furtive looms."-Polk #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 18:11:44 UTC
No matter the men set to work on it, no matter the pearl spent on its construction, Elector Ludwig's dome is never quite complete #urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 18:22:12 UTC
Luminescence boiled within the mass of cloud now. A silver lining, to the Urmish, was always an unexpected and sinister omen. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:01:21 UTC
These phosphor-storms would bring with them rains; ghoulish rains that blotched the ground with a blackness like plague-wart. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:03:58 UTC
Eventually, when it soaked into the bedrock far below, dark rain would form deposits of nutrients plants would strive to reach. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:07:17 UTC
For now, however, it shone like crude oil on city-paths, lit by flashes from above as the first bolt earthed itself on the dome. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:09:50 UTC
That same day, in Urm, the Prophet Roses left messages written in water before dawn. Most faded before read. #urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:19:17 UTC
Steaming stinking rivulets of the phosphor-fed rain ran into crevices in the ground. Lying Fruit Tree seeds lay in wait. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:28:33 UTC
These seeds gave forth a new variety of tree with a bizarre aberration. Their branches had eyes, afflicted with astigmatism. #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:28:35 UTC
Those for whom the messages were intended never saw them, but the Lying FruitTrees had seen the secret messages before they faded #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:31:44 UTC
In the Sentine Dome the Plutarchs' third ultraconcubine weeps, and none can console her. "What of our hearts? Who will end them?" #urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:53:58 UTC
@ChrisGNguyen @the_empty_city Whaa? #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 20:58:26 UTC
The children of Urm now speak of law and order in the manner that we, in our youth, spoke of unicorns and boogeymen #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 21:09:43 UTC
The abrupt death of Lord Tyr brought a new age of hedonism in Urm, which was quickly quashed by that same lord's resurrection #UrmCollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 21:26:16 UTC
Hidden by the Meteoroligarchs' storm, the Hundred Queens infiltrated the Sentine Dome and planted their reciprocal bombs #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Feb 2011 21:57:35 UTC
The Queens were dismayed to find themselves one short. Where was the Hundredth Queen? And more importantly, where was her bomb? #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 07:18:57 UTC
To die at the hands of Urmish women is to die a beautiful death. Crisp as tower bells, their swords peal, singing enemies to End. #urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 09:21:45 UTC
In the Museum of Dead Men's Shoes, the grim sandals of Ulibis Pluc festered, warned in leathery whispers of a bonemarrow month. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:26:06 UTC
Meanwhile in the doorless Tower of Auditors, the Twenty-Seven Mayors deliberate. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:35:55 UTC
The legendary rival of Urm, the city of Elkk is known for 2 things:their whiskey and assassins.An somewhat clamorous mix at times.#Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:44:01 UTC
The UnderUrm is pleasantly lit, and piped with music you faintly remember from childhood. Entrance is granted via Appraisal #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:48:56 UTC
Anyone can submit themselves for Appraisal, but it is best not to be found Wanting. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:49:30 UTC
The borders of Urm sprawl & twist, spreading & contracting like the stomach of their rotund architect Bilburois the Unconscious. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 13:12:19 UTC
Town planning is overseen by t'Pennyroyal Union of Cartographers, Architects & Allied Trades, who protect their mandate fiercely. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:07:09 UTC
Those unwilling or unable to pay their Union dues have been known to just... disappear. Buildings, streets; even whole districts. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:09:50 UTC
Maps have power, you see. Especially when drawn in Urmish ink. Its ingredients are a closely guarded secret, but rumours abound. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:13:48 UTC
Urm has no class system as such preferring to rely on gradients of cleanliness to establish rank.#Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:23:43 UTC
Those with the diriest fingernails command great respect. Though what it is they do ia best left unsaid.#Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:25:57 UTC
Blades in Urm are grown rather than forged, nurtured for their sharpness and tone, making hydroponics a rather dangerous trade. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:11:38 UTC
The youngest daggers have haunting soprano voices; the wickedly curved longswords share a chorus of deep, slow bass. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:14:24 UTC
The hydro workers hum in close harmony with their wards as they prune back wandering roots and monitor the trough's milk levels. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:25:00 UTC
Oft wont'd sound & eerie din so nich'd betwixt a knotty burg, Faint plaudits of Under enter'd, knell of blades & Sandals' whisper.#Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:42:45 UTC
Once a blade is fully grown, the hilt is carefully matched from a suitable resonant material so the tone quality is unaffected. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:50:54 UTC
Just had a lovely Skype chat with @Harkaway about his #Urmcollab project. More soon. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 21:51:03 UTC
In the fifth house on Howling Street sits Locket Prill, missing queen of Urm. Cloaked in adoring moths, Locket Prill dreams. #Urmcollab Fri, 04 Feb 2011 23:13:33 UTC
Cloaked in adoring moths, Locket Prill dreams. #Urmcollab http://yfrog.com/gyme7rj Fri, 04 Feb 2011 23:37:43 UTC
My employer offers time off to spend in the #urmcollab. http://ow.ly/i/7QIj Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:56:38 UTC
The dreams of an Urmish Queen are powerful; for a moment the dim lights seem to flicker and cobwebs tremble in unswept corners. #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 11:52:40 UTC
From a French merchanter bobbing in the oily lagoon, Miserable Apple, daughter of userers, stares at the city in anticipation. #urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 13:30:18 UTC
Seen from the water, Urm is vast and jagged, her skyline ruled by the twisting triple fingers of the Tower of Pike and Scale. #urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 13:36:02 UTC
Three things are whispered about the Tower: A beating heart powers its lights. The whole is unmappable. And the walls are hungry. #urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 13:41:43 UTC
They say that the Tower of Pike and Scale - by magic and topology - contains entirely the city in which it stands. #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:09:35 UTC
#Urmcollab started by @Harkaway is great Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:10:47 UTC
It was said that no one had emerged from the Tower in six generations, which made Anil's appearance that much more astounding. #urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:16:04 UTC
Behind Locket Prill's softly closed eyelids, darkness and stone. She reaches out with her id, tentatively at first, then deeper. #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:16:27 UTC
She feels something call her name, but from which direction she cannot tell. If she turns she may fall, and she cannot wake yet. #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:22:09 UTC
And inside that city stood another tower, and inside that tower another city, and inside that... #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:23:32 UTC
Whispers around her, dizzying her then slipping away. Her soul forges on, ignoring the strains of their bittersweet cradle-songs. #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:29:23 UTC
Anil was only the first; waves of refugees soon followed. "They're all coming out," he said. "Out of the tower inside." #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:48:40 UTC
Everyone join in @Harkaway's #urmcollab and help to create an imaginary city! Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:51:31 UTC
But those the Tower returns are not quite the same as when they were taken. And all Urm shudders beneath their feet. #urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 18:58:18 UTC
The mothers of Urm are wont to work together, weaving the shroud for this year's Leaf Child. #urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 20:18:56 UTC
Two cloaked figures huddle in the corner of the Shard, a winesink in Asp Alley, whispering in a foreign tongue. #urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 20:48:20 UTC
The hapless patrons of the Shard drink their blood-wines and their applegas, and later none of them will remember who shot first. #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 21:45:31 UTC
Death was cheap in Asp Alley. But then, so was life. And still most there try to get rich selling both. #urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 23:00:32 UTC
In her room on Howling Street, Locket Prill feels every death in her dreams. Darkness ripples around her, lapping at the walls. #Urmcollab Sat, 05 Feb 2011 23:19:07 UTC
In the shallows the river holds its breath, hoping not to wake the cold and the dark which slumbers beneath #urmcollab Sun, 06 Feb 2011 01:44:06 UTC
Under a night sky streaked with magic, Urm seemed to twist against its own roots. The panic of cities smells like boiling stone. #urmcollab Sun, 06 Feb 2011 02:13:24 UTC
Enjoying reading #Urmcollab Weary, salt-crusted travelers tell me that in the library of Urm, they file Borges in non-fiction... Sun, 06 Feb 2011 14:03:39 UTC
Among the ninety-nine queens, murmurs spread. Locket's disappearance has not gone unnoticed. Which of their number will find her? #Urmcollab Sun, 06 Feb 2011 19:28:57 UTC
Heads turn, whispers hush, and slowly the twins stand. Their swords sing together, hungry for wood and steel and bone. #Urmcollab Sun, 06 Feb 2011 20:09:19 UTC
In the crawfish stench before dawn, Gold Harman the lampdowser hesitates, then spares the flame at Cuttleside. He smiles. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:06:51 UTC
Urm's fractal harbour surrounds the city on three sides, and its dark waters hold more souls than the city itself. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:09:14 UTC
Trade vessels powered by shooting stars. It might take some time to find one with the right trajectory but the speed was worth it.#Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:11:59 UTC
Pennyroyal Unionists have tried for decades to map Urm Harbour's coves, fjords & inlets. The survivors are never quite the same. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:15:33 UTC
Emar the Shiv scuttles through Whitemarket in the predawn gloom, his night's catch squirming in the sack over his shoulder. #urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:27:26 UTC
It isn't safe to build boats on land or water. All vessels are therefore built in the air, hung from pillars. Quite arduous work. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:27:27 UTC
If it weren't for the harbour's... quirks, there probably wouldn't be a Department of non-Euclidian Geography at University d'Urm #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:28:43 UTC
The mad carpenter Dravious Folyt dreams of building a boat in fire, to discover the carpenalchemy to create an invincible clipper.#Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 07:46:50 UTC
The waters around Urm contain enough natural fermentation agents that, when distilled, they can be served as a liquor. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:21:00 UTC
Despite the fishy tang - which advocates say is a sign the drink is pure - it mixes pleasantly with a variety of fruit juices. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:23:15 UTC
But the vulgarity of the liquor's origin cannot be disguised; popularly known as baymuck, it retains the deep amber of the tides. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:26:55 UTC
Baymuck and lime is a combination which tastes invigorating and has the colour of week-old urine. Drinkers are rarely deterred. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 10:31:45 UTC
@TheHiddenPaw And in hushed tones do some speak of a city built of what once was Urm. #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 12:18:19 UTC
The storm had ravaged last night's city, so the Urmish set about building tomorrow's. Bright! Bold! Torn loose from the past! #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 13:57:53 UTC
Everything they feared, all the darkness of Urm-since-passed, they locked inside the triple-topped Tower of Pike and Scale #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 14:02:16 UTC
Emar knocks a tattoo on the rear door of the Shard. Bolgar Kretz ushers him into the dank kitchen and points at the copper tank. #urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 15:20:09 UTC
Emar opens the sack, and a cascade of snaky shapes splashes into the tank. Kretz nods; the Shard will have fresh eel-beer tonight #urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 15:42:00 UTC
"Queen emblem of perfect'd century pois'd in solitary, Save chimeras and moths dost environ'd midst daunting euphony."-Polk #Urmcollab Mon, 07 Feb 2011 19:09:57 UTC
Taking a break from studying to read #urmcollab - so delightful! I want to dive in again but alas, must get on with the learnings. :) Mon, 07 Feb 2011 21:33:14 UTC
Howling Street fell silent as the hundredth queen came through. Locket Prill was going home, and the shadow of death came too. #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 07:15:11 UTC
Dravious Folyt purchases a map from a wondering merchant (who many say is a charlatan) that leads to a quarry of cold-fire flints.#Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 10:28:43 UTC
Lunch in the coffeehouses thrums with anxious comment. The Urmish Sturgeon is dying out, pools full of alchemist's slag. #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 11:08:15 UTC
Urmish Sturgeon are lead-coloured; their chemical deaths turn them gold. What is this, the alchemists ask, but proof of success? #urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:04:28 UTC
At the Greasy Docks, where such poison fails to deter the desperate, rows of dead fish gleam and arc like metallurgical rainbows. #urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:07:52 UTC
It is whispered, too, that the rich dine on tainted roe, gleaming blood-gold pearls that intoxicate like laudanum - or can kill. #urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 12:12:13 UTC
So begins a deadly game of roulette with the city's finest cuisine; aristocrats were never so often to be found in gutters. #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:39:25 UTC
"Only madmen & fools try to map Urm" "Then we should." "Fools AND madmen, Daughter. We are are merely madmen in this family." #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:45:32 UTC
Urmish restaurant critics began to demand hazard pay, while chefs struggled to create dishes with no trace of the actual fish #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:50:40 UTC
Among the dilettantes of Urm's upper classes, dining out briefly replaced dueling as the favoured method of settling scores #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 13:55:51 UTC
30 years later the Great Tabernacle yet burns though the priests & penitents are long past ash. Still some walk into those flames #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 14:03:14 UTC
The Sharp Market never rests in the same place twice. It trades only in endings and secrets, and the tools of their procurement. #urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 18:26:09 UTC
Folyt examines the map & finds 16 *~-X*{spots} & 15 *Y*{forks}. At each fork, a riddle inscribed? The map has been written in sap!#Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 19:16:44 UTC
Baymuck's popularity was of great concern to the guardians of Urm's ancient brewing tradition, the Campaign for Imaginary Ale #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 19:48:48 UTC
Nulja hoisted the massive scroll & fixed her pouches. The everburning Tabernacle was the center she believed. There to begin then #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 21:13:20 UTC
The scriveners looked on with interest, for none had attempted the Tabernacle since the doubling of Polk. Nibs were sharpened. #Urmcollab Tue, 08 Feb 2011 23:56:50 UTC
One does not simply walk into Urm. One is lured by the singing fog, spun by the icthyocrats and digested. #Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 00:23:32 UTC
Just before dawn on Misbegot Lane, all the newborn shadows point to a single spot. A word of friendly advice: don't stand there. #Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 07:26:01 UTC
Deep within the pillared gloom within the silent quarter the screaming continues endlessly. The wise drink elsewhere. #urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 07:37:00 UTC
"But why call it the silent quarter?" newcomers to the city are known to protest. They soon fall quiet. #urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:28:05 UTC
Every once in a while, the city walls move... from afar, it looks as if the entire city takes a deep breath. #urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:36:32 UTC
Locket Prill stood in the shadow of the Sleepers, trying to catch a breath. Were they close? The song of swords was her answer. #Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:37:12 UTC
The Okahp is a sacred animal. Their deaths generate icicles like stalagmites; the reason why many tombstones are ice sculptures. #Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 09:24:19 UTC
Data-Reapers insist cartographer Megyor Vauhlm is betrothed to Felyne Folyt & list Megyor's daughter Nulja & wife as "misplaced" #Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 16:39:12 UTC
Solving riddles guides Dravious; at each fork he airs a reply and a leaf ablaze with a heliotrope flame gravitates towards a path.#Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 16:59:06 UTC
Nulja reviewed her vbottles of dried blood, sap, dye & crude ink. The herpivex slumbering coiled in the scroll wouldn't suffice #Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 18:54:31 UTC
3 sources of true Urmish ink are known: venom of a herpivex, ink of the coastal flagellator & extract of yuolish tree. #Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 18:56:52 UTC
The towers of Urm are topped with light, blinking like fireflies trapped in honey as heliographers share gossip, news & secrets #Urmcollab Wed, 09 Feb 2011 23:50:37 UTC
Shelik the Weaver is among the few who can coax Urmish pyrereed from the mud flats without exciting them to ignite. #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:30:24 UTC
Pyrereed is thought to grow at the base of the Tabernacle, though this is yet to be confirmed. #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:30:45 UTC
Professor Grievous Oinomancer stared into his baymuck and lime. Too late he realised the significance of the faint smell of roses #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:16:00 UTC
How pyrereed can grow beneath a burning building provokes much curiosity - & occasional self-immolation - among Urmish biologists #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:25:49 UTC
Fleetingly, as the Urmish paradox stream envelops them, the Sleepers are Woken. Fortunate Locket. The Woken look after their own. #Urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:52:07 UTC
The black heart of Urm is congested. Heat coats everything like varnish. Knackered nags slope in their traces as crowds ooze by. #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:46:31 UTC
To cross the River Naes by the oldest bridge usually invites the attention of the Clinging Mendicants #Urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:33:12 UTC
At the second fork Dravious aired a reply to no avail; the riddles on the map had changed, making his quondam studies superfluous.#Urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:00:50 UTC
Swan Street's many twists and curves are rumoured to spell out the name of God, scrawled in the fabric of the city. #Urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:23:53 UTC
Many a priest has fallen to their death from Swan Street's roofs, trying to get high enough to read it. #Urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:26:26 UTC
It's nonsense, of course. The truth behind Swan Street's kinks and corners is actually quite mundane... and far stranger. #Urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:36:27 UTC
World creation using #Urmcollab: Exquisite corpse | The Economist http://t.co/HEey1FL via @theeconomist Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:46:40 UTC
Bolgar Kretz wipes his face nervously. The eel-beer he made this morning is having an unpleasant effect on the Shard's patrons. #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:43:01 UTC
Two fishmongers brandish scaling knives at each other. Their eyes are dull gray orbs, and a rotten-lemon odor wafts from them. #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:48:38 UTC
Erm? #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 19:50:00 UTC
The Undersayers' cynical bleatings in the Wealthologists DiffEng Quorum barely distract from Urmish consciousness. #metaurm #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:05:21 UTC
World creation: Exquisite corpse | The Economist - http://econ.st/gVVqyR via @TheEconomist //Read (and write) #urmcollab -- it's a blast! Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:03:18 UTC
In a corner of the Shard, two patrons are rutting -- or strangling each other -- on a table, sending eel-beer flagons flying. #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:08:37 UTC
The eel-beer flagon strikes the resting pianist of The Shard #Urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:56:39 UTC
@TheHiddenPaw @alishairish Looks like I miss out on something by blocking "#urmcollab" after all :( Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:10:57 UTC
Oh. Nulja has just suggested that I "stick to the day job" #urmcollab Thu, 10 Feb 2011 23:24:09 UTC
A brain becomes a long journey chasing the narrative tracks that generated him. #Urmcollab Fri, 11 Feb 2011 06:18:18 UTC
A brain runs on the semiotic trails, that are the passage of a consciousness. #Urmcollab Fri, 11 Feb 2011 06:20:13 UTC
Slick with a cold sweat, Ambrose Fairfax awakens and pats herself down to be sure she is still there. Outside, mockingbirds sing. #Urmcollab Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:00:32 UTC
In the tallest room of the highest tower rests the Cup of Bees. To peer into its clammy cell is to die the honeyed death. #Urmcollab Fri, 11 Feb 2011 10:35:50 UTC
In most of Urm, if you turn right three times it's the same as turning left. Most of Urm, anyway. #Urmcollab Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:13:38 UTC
Dravious' final riddle: A creator & destroyer achieving both with violence; who has such a legacy yet never breaks their silence?#Urmcollab Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:47:33 UTC
Growing old in Urm is easy. Doing the opposite is much more difficult but, as the Neu-kind will tell you, not impossible. #Urmcollab Fri, 11 Feb 2011 19:37:56 UTC
The ancient library of Urm. Dust covered vellum. Silence. Eyes that need not see. Ears that hear all. Guardians of the secret. #urmcollab Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:22:14 UTC
Polk the netmender, afflicted with dreams of avaricious wives, glowers at the roof of the Urmish Bank #Urmcollab http://moby.to/yi3y06 Sat, 12 Feb 2011 09:10:49 UTC
Perhaps a little early for eel-beer with baymuck; still, Shelik stumbles happily in the thick breeze that prowls the Greasy Docks #urmcollab Sat, 12 Feb 2011 16:51:36 UTC
The vaults of the Bank are filled not with gold or diamonds but with broken promises. #Urmcollab Sat, 12 Feb 2011 20:46:30 UTC
The visitors’ bureau of Urm is located in a dank subbasement of the Ministry of Oneirism. Employees have disappeared one by one. #Urmcollab Sat, 12 Feb 2011 22:33:03 UTC
No road takes the same path twice. All lure the innocent and misbegotten to unknown dooms. #Urmcollab Sat, 12 Feb 2011 22:34:22 UTC
The Urmish Bank, thinks Polk, ought to show kinship with netmenders. They are both, after all, in the business of entrapment. #urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:10:51 UTC
Greedling, Head of the Urmish Bank, was more than pleased with himself. How foolish are the poor, he thought. How easily swayed. #urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 01:50:36 UTC
The Urmish seas dried; the thalassocrats convened in the Agate Hall for the first time in nine years. #urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 10:35:51 UTC
@Harkaway The walls of Urm have been battered on occasion by assailants whose swords were, alas, often devoid of a point. #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 11:31:17 UTC
Said assailants often had scathing oil poured on them from a great height by the inhabitants of Urm, causing severe burns. #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 11:35:51 UTC
"Travellers are greeted at the dock by garlanded Urmish virgins, that sing and proffer spiced fruits." George Byron, Journeys #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:06:34 UTC
Contrary to Bolgar Kretz's fears, the incident of the tainted eel-beer seems to have increased trade at the Shard. #urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:11:52 UTC
The Urmish Urmy hated the Armish Army, those progress-denying hayseeds, with their black hats and silly barn-building parties #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:28:44 UTC
Ral Rosh has a face like an anvil and sharpens knives on the street corner. Never ask him about his little hobby #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:30:12 UTC
"The bedlams of Urm are populated with cartographers; the profession is mocked by absinthe drinkers." George Byron, Journeys #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:47:57 UTC
Even Bolgar Kretz, the current proprietor, has no idea whence the Shard got its name. He has never found the third undercellar. #urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 16:59:03 UTC
(1/5) Megyor let the drop of his daughter’s blood fall upon the center of the humming parchment. #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:58:34 UTC
(2/5) Lines resolved themselves like the architecture of a fractured spiderweb -- the streets around Nulja right now. #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:58:40 UTC
(3/5) At the lower corner of the page, more lines formed -- the streets at the northwestern edge of Megyor’s district. #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:58:51 UTC
(4/5) Between those two snippets of cartographic reference, a vast gulf of blank and unknown space. #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:58:54 UTC
(5/5) He took out his magnifier to find the Referents that would guide him to Nulja. #Urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:59:02 UTC
The cartographers guild have only recently completed a partial 1:1 scale map of the city. #urmcollab Sun, 13 Feb 2011 18:58:08 UTC
Urm reflects in the harbour. The image winks at itself. Unlike men, all cities are not the same in the dark. #urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 01:01:58 UTC
A wind both cool and hot carries fragments of a map that are picked up by a girl. Singed & icy to the touch some contain riddles. #Urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 08:45:56 UTC
The Ways of Worms were traitorous streets, known to shift & stretch. Nulja used 6 threads on her map, affixed to move in concert #urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:07:54 UTC
Nulja walked the Worm's Lament on Mournsday & the map threads were true. When the path changed Ruesday the map altered to be true #urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:12:58 UTC
Nulja smiled at her own cleverness & cackled at the paving stones. She would attempt the approach to the Tabernacle on the morrow #urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:14:33 UTC
She'd begin true mapping then. W/ the Tabernacle at its heart, the map's center might not hold but at least it would burn bright #urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:17:15 UTC
Icicles generated from the deaths of the Okahp. http://t.co/IS4F972 via @mobypicture #Urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:36:09 UTC
Megyor set out to find Nulja. A wraith followed & mocked him, bearing his daughter's face & Dravious Folyt's voice #urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 16:36:09 UTC
@bexmith LOL No, it's a collaborative world-building fiction thing by author Nick Harkaway for a city called Urm. Hence #urmcollab hashtag Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:05:25 UTC
For those who follow me, anything w/ #Urmcollab hashtag is part of a collaborative fiction world building project headed by a British author Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:08:29 UTC
There's a drunk asleep in the Misbegot Gate, but no one troubles him. He's the last Librarian of As'Kar'Kun - they wouldn't dare. #Urmcollab Mon, 14 Feb 2011 18:43:44 UTC
#Urmcollab Most who complete their cartography apprenticeship in Urm unscathed go abroad, where they are qualified to be masters. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:55:40 UTC
#Urmcollab Few cartography apprentices are willing to risk the madness that so often accompanies their trade in Urm, no matter the wages. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:56:24 UTC
Beyond the netmenders, strange ships crouch. Their Artificers tend engines of terrible power. #urmcollab http://yfrog.com/h2v3dzj Tue, 15 Feb 2011 07:10:12 UTC
The exhaust vents of the greenhouse-vineyards of Urm were huge, and every night belched noxious clouds. http://yfrog.com/hshzmmlj #Urmcollab Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:37:24 UTC
No one knew what strange gases the alchemists of the Vinters Guild fed their vines, but all agreed the wine got better every year #Urmcollab Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:47:49 UTC
@harkaway are you sure this #tubemystery doesn't have anything to do with #urmcollab ? Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:28:57 UTC
The flowers of this bioluminescent plant bloom but a few nights each year. They are called Calumnies. #Urmcollab http://t.co/sPop8vL Tue, 15 Feb 2011 19:21:23 UTC
A ziggurat of the Shard. #Urmcollab http://t.co/n5gt22c Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:00:13 UTC
Strange clouds veil the sun; ornithopters cascade resembling flakes of marble encased in glass. http://yfrog.com/gy85maj #urmcollab Tue, 15 Feb 2011 21:16:23 UTC
The Shard's cellar holds the eel-pots, brew-tanks, and storage barrels filled with 383 varieties of ale, beer, wine, and spirits. #urmcollab Tue, 15 Feb 2011 22:59:16 UTC
The saddened cats of Urm roam the Dock. Each night they meet and in the shadows heartfelt songs are sung, stories told. #urmcollab Tue, 15 Feb 2011 23:09:01 UTC
Why do the cats keep to the shadowy Docks? As any armoured Rodent-hunter will tell you, Urmmice have grown savage recently...#Urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 16:05:11 UTC
#Urmcollab A cartographer as prolific as Megyor has avoided Urm’s Bedlams only through foresight of marrying a Master Weaver w/ the Sight Wed, 16 Feb 2011 18:18:42 UTC
#Urmcollab Iolla Vauhlm fashions nets to catch the most toxic and dangerous bits of madness from Magyor’s mind, and bags to secure them. Wed, 16 Feb 2011 18:18:57 UTC
@BenjKumar They feed on the energy leaking from the strange ships; and this also perhaps explains the increasingly savage unmice #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 18:53:24 UTC
Education in Urm is largely conducted at the school of hard knocks, though the City Watch occasionally offers follow-up courses. #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 19:15:22 UTC
#urmcollab is popular, A world created collaboratively from aggregated tweets. Devised by @harkaway. Discussion on #metaurm Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:31:44 UTC
The gates of the Urmish bank loomed high and hard, to put the fear of penury into all who passed through http://yfrog.com/gyrfgfj #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:48:31 UTC
some say in the deep down south tunnels near square street you can still hear the laments of forgotten Joshua in the dark #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:53:37 UTC
the legend goes someone or something left a trail of coins which forgotten Joshua followed with greed #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:55:00 UTC
lured far from the eyes of others he met his fate which was merciless, cruel&bloody #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:56:44 UTC
some say it is just a tall tale parents tell their children so they won't except favours from strangers #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:57:41 UTC
but deep in the dark tunnels the rats know where forgotten Joshua's bones still lay #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:58:16 UTC
the only thing people really can't agree on above all others over this matter is why he was called forgotten Joshua #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:59:10 UTC
no one seems to remember... #urmcollab Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:59:23 UTC
The Literate Mollytoms of Urm, being literate, named themselves. This sets them apart from other cats, especially fellow strays. #urmcollab Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:21:21 UTC
Born between the Stalking Library and the Alchemiyya, the Mollytoms osmose language. Their fur is a calico alphabet, unwritten. #urmcollab Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:27:43 UTC
Some of them speak in human tongues. Others have no need: their thoughts are pilgrims, travelling through open minds at will. #urmcollab Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:30:42 UTC
Merchants flock into Urm - some feed the great city, others keep its vices running. All are welcome, if they keep to themselves. #urmcollab Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:05:38 UTC
The trading guilds keep an eye out for merchants, and back their authority with whatever muscle is needed. #urmcollab Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:16:09 UTC
You only argue with the guild enforcers once, and usually for no more than a split second. They don't trade in second chances. #urmcollab Thu, 17 Feb 2011 14:17:29 UTC
Obsess'd with carpenalchemy derang'd Dravious persist'd, Most thought 'twas for naught as the puissance he sought was fabricat'd. #Urmcollab Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:45:30 UTC
In the entrance hallway of the Typographers' Guild a single candle burns. The presses thunder and roll. #urmcollab http://flic.kr/p/9j2jVj Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:21:27 UTC
For the inhabitants of an imaginary city, and one filled with wonders at that, the Urmish are a remarkably skeptical bunch. #Urmcollab Fri, 18 Feb 2011 06:53:16 UTC
There is only one sacred holiday in Urm: Reminiscemas, a time to smother unpleasant memories in a haze of corrective storytelling #Urmcollab Fri, 18 Feb 2011 07:08:05 UTC
Singularly, are two large open-air markets in Urm. Merchants converge at the city gates, only to split again once inside. #Urmcollab Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:01:51 UTC
As a merchant, if you sell in the Stor Market once, you're no longer welcome in the Nocturnal Market, and vice-versa. #Urmcollab Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:03:40 UTC
As a buyer, on the other hand, you can visit both markets - if you have the different currencies they accept, of course. #Urmcollab Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:05:35 UTC
The two largest trading guilds each maintain its monopoly by only accepting one currency. #Urmcollab Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:07:03 UTC
#Urmcollab Iolla set her vrillskin bags upon the Abstractionist’s counter, filled with ravings and hallucinations from her husband’s mind. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:57:48 UTC
#Urmcollab Many believe all in Urm suffer madness. Untrue. But becoming wealthy or powerful there often requires it. -George Byron, Journeys Fri, 18 Feb 2011 14:58:25 UTC
A ziggurat on Misbegot Lane. #Urmcollab http://t.co/HypVE68 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:21:18 UTC
i think a roadtrip to urm is in order, eh @jennammoran #urmcollab Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:30:20 UTC
Periodically caravans arrive out of the Wastelands to trade with the Urmish for singing swords & the amber sap of the Lying trees #Urmcollab Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:38:36 UTC
The caravans enter by Misbegot Gate & snake along Swan Street to the Wanton Bazaar where the traders lay out their exotic wares #Urmcollab Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:42:25 UTC
Accustomed to the screeching winds & kaleidoscopic sands of the Wastelands, the streets of Urm hold few terrors for the merchants #Urmcollab Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:44:22 UTC
Shelik wanders Stor market; Okahp skin is expensive, but perhaps more resistant than vrillskin. Then again, the pyrereed... #urmcollab Sat, 19 Feb 2011 18:42:48 UTC
The problem remains: how to Weave a thing into the fabric of the city when the cartographers conspire against him? #urmcollab Sat, 19 Feb 2011 18:43:11 UTC
The Tabernacle shall yet lift his name to greatness; Shelik will become Master. Laden, he returns to the mud flats. Via the Shard #urmcollab Sat, 19 Feb 2011 18:43:39 UTC
#Urmcollab “Build me a most frightful dream-golem,” Iolla told the Abstractionist, “for my daughter journeys riskily & will need protection” Sat, 19 Feb 2011 22:56:25 UTC
#Urmcollab Near Misbegot Gate runs Misbegot Road. Whence the name comes is a mystery but perhaps forlorn, rejected golems there are a clue? Sat, 19 Feb 2011 23:07:31 UTC
#Urmcollab Abstractionists & Artificers rarely are able to collaborate successfully. However, when they do, the world itself shivers in fear Sat, 19 Feb 2011 23:13:18 UTC
The last Librarian of As’Kar’Kun, erstwhile known as Atticus Prill, rises from his place by Misbegot Gate. He has heard whispers #Urmcollab Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:32:30 UTC
Lit by the nightly bioluminescence, the Literate Mollytoms convene and converse at the junction of Swan Street and Misbegot Road #Urmcollab Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:33:23 UTC
The Mollytoms whisper of Locket Prill, lost to the 99 queens of Urm and of the Twins, with their singing swords, sent to find her #Urmcollab Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:33:41 UTC
Atticus Prill, Librarian of As’Kar’Kun, hears the Mollytoms' whisper and rises up to find his lost daughter before the Twins can #Urmcollab Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:34:30 UTC
Atticus Prill, Librarian of As’Kar’Kun, hears the Mollytoms' whisper and rises up to find his lost daughter before the Twins do #Urmcollab Sun, 20 Feb 2011 14:25:48 UTC
From the city of Urm one could see the hills of Awt looming in the distance. #Urmcollab #Awtcollab Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:01:52 UTC
At the far east end of the Urmish docks, a ship is moored. With a hull of crystal & sails spun from glass, it repels all boarders #Urmcollab Mon, 21 Feb 2011 07:06:50 UTC
The Twins' bodies were found in alleyways near the Gullet Gate & the Tabernacle, their swords long since pawned for Baymuck. #Urmcollab Mon, 21 Feb 2011 07:21:43 UTC
I am glad your car has a big trunk @jennammoran as we will need the space for all of the art we are taking to market in urm #urmcollab Mon, 21 Feb 2011 15:45:53 UTC
The song of an Urmish longsword held in Punta Riversa Ward at the age when it begins to curve. #Urmcollab http://t.co/iEjqciQ Mon, 21 Feb 2011 18:41:49 UTC
Can't wait to get to urm. Departing easter Sunday! #urmcollab Mon, 21 Feb 2011 19:57:35 UTC
rt @jennammoran Reunion for the homesick, pilgrims, and simply curious on Easter Sunday. #UrmCollab @Harkaway is totally invited Tue, 22 Feb 2011 02:45:09 UTC
Pthessaly Hewn, trader in exotics, sat at a teahouse on the edge of the Stor Market, awaiting a most unusual carriageload of art #Urmcollab Tue, 22 Feb 2011 07:20:38 UTC
Working by the light of his nightly luminescence, Shelik stops to ponder the riddle and its essence. #Urmcollab Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:03:40 UTC
"Locket Prill is mist and myth," whispered the Mollytoms, "and Dravious' dream is not what it seems, but hidden in the riddle." #Urmcollab Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:04:50 UTC
Behind the Weaver, gently entwining submerged reeds in tapestry, the slate spires of Awt rose over the hills. #Urmcollab #Awtcollab Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:07:36 UTC
"Could it be history?" he murmurs to the Urmish air. #Urmcollab Tue, 22 Feb 2011 15:09:02 UTC
The peal of a katana sword held by an Urmish woman in the Terza Ward position. #Urmcollab http://t.co/ERBeT7s Wed, 23 Feb 2011 20:21:53 UTC
Day 11: this wretched ship - the smell is awful, although not so strong as in urm. perhaps bombay will remind me more of home #urmcollab Thu, 24 Feb 2011 21:08:43 UTC
@Harkaway By the way, #urmcollab is totally a tribute to Italo Calvino (accidentally, maybe) #invisiblecities Fri, 25 Feb 2011 07:29:22 UTC
Day12: what would you do with an extra 20,000 PBRs? my urmish forefathers once drank 20,000 themselves. EACH. Uphill both ways. #urmcollab Fri, 25 Feb 2011 14:32:26 UTC
I hope urm has hot tubs #urmcollab Sat, 26 Feb 2011 06:00:32 UTC
Day13: strangely, there is a korean spa on this boat. Passepartout and I are going, right now. #urmcollab Sat, 26 Feb 2011 19:28:31 UTC
Day13: 'total eclipse of the heart' wafts incongruously over the deck, like a fart at a wine tasting #urmcollab Sun, 27 Feb 2011 02:54:34 UTC
Heeding the words of Seeress @JamillahKnowles I have, at long last, found fabled Urm. Will it contain the knowledge I so desire? #urmcollab Sun, 27 Feb 2011 08:27:12 UTC
Day14: passepartout keeps leaving pubes on the bathroom sink. This would never happen in urm. #urmcollab Mon, 28 Feb 2011 19:35:35 UTC
Steamship bike ride! I can tell my fellow passengers appreciate this. #leftmyfixieinurm #urmcollab Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:27:40 UTC
Day14: Passepartout took my bike away! And is now sharkfishing with it :-( http://t.co/4dCMpQ9 #urmcollab Tue, 01 Mar 2011 05:18:51 UTC
Seasick, I guess. Ugh. #urmcollab Tue, 01 Mar 2011 22:58:29 UTC
In a dingy back water street in one of many narrow side roads off of market street is a timepiece repair shop owned by mr gruff #urmcollab Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:46:00 UTC
on his quieter afternoons he will take a break from replacing cogs&springs to play a slow ongoing game of chess with Alicia #urmcollab Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:47:26 UTC
Alica is a prostitue with a keen eye for a tactical game #urmcollab Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:48:14 UTC
between clients and before her pimp would notice her absence she would slip by to continue their week long games #urmcollab Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:49:11 UTC
mr gruff is always a polite gentleman to her, never asks of her business less she wants to tell #urmcollab Tue, 01 Mar 2011 23:52:07 UTC
and he is always there with a cup of sweet tea, a smile & the board always ready for her visits however unexpected they might be #urmcollab Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:11:17 UTC
He would never tell Alicia but it was her smile that reminded him of his late wife that enchanted him #urmcollab Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:11:56 UTC
he knew it was the kind of smile you could only ever see through sincerity&kindness #urmcollab Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:12:27 UTC
in her line of work those things are hard to find #urmcollab Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:13:08 UTC
so they there would sit amongst the tick and tock of his shop, sipping tea and smiling together as the pieces went to war #urmcollab Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:13:30 UTC
Pitcher Park, a blank green space in the A-Z: a place about which no one remembers anything #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:44:41 UTC
Bus routes that don't appear on any timetable, to destinations unfamiliar #Urmcollab Thu, 03 Mar 2011 17:58:43 UTC
Day25: Traveler's musings... Trust is a funny thing - it's both a state and an action. Which causes which? #urmcollab Thu, 10 Mar 2011 17:17:12 UTC
Foam gathers in corners. #urmcollab Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:55:32 UTC
Day27: this steamship serves rabbit taco. Also, I've lost track of days. Perhaps it's 28. #urmcollab Sun, 13 Mar 2011 02:10:31 UTC
Day30: Found out the suspicious man was a detective. He's following me because he thinks *I'm* suspicious. #urmcollab http://moby.to/51w08a Tue, 15 Mar 2011 22:09:24 UTC
Day31: rt @thinkmps @jennammoran you wouldn't have this problem in Urm #urmcollab - http://moby.to/3m6ofm Wed, 16 Mar 2011 18:29:52 UTC
A new building emerged near Typographers' Hall, amid the roar of the presses, it grew like a strange flower #urmcollab http://t.co/zzYUKXw Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:03:42 UTC
Day38: have received word of great happenings in DC land. Very excited for an easter in the swamp before my return to urm #urmcollab Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:24:22 UTC
Day41: I will create something today #urmcollab #1330artday Sat, 26 Mar 2011 13:23:34 UTC
Day43: Children are dancin', the gamblers are chancin' their all / The window's accusing the door of abusing the wall #urmcollab Mon, 28 Mar 2011 20:33:13 UTC
@Harkaway Is #urmcollab still a thing, or has it played out? Tue, 29 Mar 2011 15:04:59 UTC
Day45: teaching my fellow passengers how to grow spaghetti plants. An urmish classic #urmcollab Fri, 01 Apr 2011 04:20:09 UTC
@Harkaway what happened to #urmcollab ? Has the twitter not searching back in history killed it? Or is mine just broken? Thu, 21 Apr 2011 22:47:34 UTC
Farmers have determined that tiny vegetables are the future for this year at least. The population will be offered choices. #Urmcollab Mon, 02 May 2011 20:42:14 UTC
In a flat roofed prefab with one window high on the southern wall a farmer and his priest burn the records of last years harvest #urmcollab Mon, 02 May 2011 20:44:13 UTC
@SweetBabySprout I am now lost in Urm! #Urmcollab Mon, 02 May 2011 20:46:03 UTC
Woodlice and Black Ants are encouraged under the foundations. Farmers use their nitrogenous poo in tiny buckets for miniculture. #Urmcollab Tue, 03 May 2011 09:09:37 UTC
They say in Urm that a fish cannot understand salt, but a deaf man dreams of music. #urmcollab (for @RichardHesketh1) Tue, 03 May 2011 10:26:55 UTC
A visit to the prefab, just outside Urm, reveals a cache of full sized veg. the inspector makes a note and calls the vicarage. #Urmcollab Tue, 03 May 2011 18:22:09 UTC
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