Salt for Salt
Fountains of Kosiba
Kosiba is watered by a series of fountains that run hidden through the canyon walls. Bound and manipulated by Zhenasi elemental magic in ages past, the water is drawn from the Sirrah River up the canyon walls to emerge in a series of fountains. Most are located on sizeable landings near the major stair and ledgeroutes, enabling folk to gather water, and rest nearby. Wealthy and important citizens have added more fountains over time, to show their philanthropy and wealth. Although many small fountains exist typically decorated with relief carvings, some of the major ones are described below.
Location: Middle Kosiba, east wall.
Located near the mid-point of the switchback Kellidh’s descent, the serpent fountain is a relief of a wide-headed serpent on a field of blue scales. The water that spills from the serpents open mouth is believed to have curative properties.
Location: Upper Kosiba, west wall.
This fountain is long dry, and the relief has been reworked to shown an evil spirit, with a head consisting of a single evil eye surrounded by teeth, and goat-like legs. Passers by often toss salt in the empty fountain well, or mark themselves to ward off the evil eye. The staring head of the fountain is regularly clad in a veil to also avert its influence.
Location: Lower Kosiba, west wall.
A fountain showing a series of cavorting water mephits, the large, shallow pool often contains playing children. When droughts and the dry season hits, this fountain is often the first to dry up, and locals blame this on the inherent laziness of mephits.
Location: Canyoncrown, Herdrest temple.
Within the bounds of the temple of Stilafar is a statue of the god himself, ram-headed and robed, and pouring water from a large calabash as he looks toward the horizon. Irrigation canals take water from this fountain into the orchards and fields beyond.
The Honourable Woman
Location: Middle Kosiba, west wall.
On the west wall, overlooking part of the hanging markets is a fountain depicting a woman thigh deep in water, clad in armour bearing sunburst imagery. She carries a shield showing an angelic figure with outstretched arms and wings, and has her hand up before her and head tilted slightly to the side, seemingly in a sign of blessing. A scimitar hangs at her side, and at the rim of the fountain is a carving that says “Sephira”.
Location: Canyoncrown, west wall.
An immense black stone stone statue of a ghariel with a large perch in its mouth, the ghariel fountain is the centre of a series of irrigation canals that water the orcards of west Canyoncrown. The statue is so large its jaws peek above the treeline, and can be seen for great distances.
Swarm and serpent fountain
Location: Lower Kosiba, east wall.
Near Flinthall, and at a switchback of one of the major stairs used by the warehouse labourers of lower Kosiba is the swarm and serpent fountain. Somewhat unnerving in its nature, the swarm and serpent carving depicts a coiling constrictor around a swarm of rats that are partially crushed, and partially spilling from its coils. The constrictor, seemingly clad in constantly fading blue paint, has eyes of deep blue stone, and grasps an orange-stone eyed rat in its fangs. The fountain is large, and stands at the entrance, to a large, well-lit cavern, where beasts of burden using the Mulestep are rested. The water boils forth through the coils of the serpent, and drips slowly from its fangs, but the water is deep, and it is considered good luck to spot a snake in its depths.
Fountain of the Lady Souk
Location: Lower Kosiba, overlooking the harbour.
This fountain depicts the legendary founder of the al-Souk clan, the wizard Phenandra. The statue shows her taming the spirt of the Sirrah. Standing legs apart, hands together in front of her as though pushing something down, while her hair and robes whip out as is caught by wind. Below her hands, the water of the fountain roils, making it appear as though her statue is keeping the bubbling elemental at bay. The water is constantly shifting, and from time to time forms the distinct shapes of animals, objects or people. Some locals believe looking into the fashion can provide prophetic visions.