Again, everyone, thanks so much for all of the positive feedback on the new book. Glad you’re digging it. Many of you have asked about those early entries; about more general background on the place. So, we’ve uploaded the third and final entry from Day One (the only day that had so many), as well as Day Two. See below for a piece of the first one, or click here to access direct from the Preview Page: http://www.bobbyrock.com/warriorutopia
Excerpt from; A Season in the Warrior Utopia by Bobby Rock
Meeting at Town Hall (Part One & Two)
Day 1 – 10:37 PM (Guest Quarters)
Man! So much is happening so fast, that I’m going to make every effort to document all that I experience over the few days that I’m here. Let’s begin:
Part One: Exhibition
Chang-Sun picked me up at 6:30 tonight and we headed over to Town Hall. We pulled up to a wide granite stairway, which led to a sprawling marble building with dragon-sculptured pillars. The stairway was flanked by a series of striking stone statues of artist, monk and warrior-looking characters, each painted in life-like detail. This entire structure had such a sense of flow about it, that it looked as if it had been sculpted from one gigantic meteorite. Across the top of the building was a Sistine Chapel-style mural, easily the size of three billboards, offering a decidedly Euro counterbalance to much of the Asian influenced sculpture work. And all of this was set against a freaky reddish-orange sunset. Like I said…another planet.
Once we entered Town Hall, I noticed that the entire perimeter of the reception area was an elaborate, chronological exhibit of Zentauria’s 550-year history. At a quick glance around the room, it was easy to discern the country’s key eras because the background design style on the walls changed accordingly.
Chang-Sun took William, Lindsay and me over for a closer look, starting from the 1463 mark. It was set up like a museum exhibit, minus the protective glass showcase you might expect where so many rare artifacts are involved. About three feet of display space extended from the wall and featured a number of items from the respective timeframe: eating utensils, weaponry, candle holders, journals, musical instruments, jewelry, etc. The wall space just above it had several relative paintings, drawings, and written documents from that era, as well as custom shelving to display more items. Then, there was a 20” flat screen monitor, built right into the wall, that looped a two-minute historical overview of all key events and points of interest that took place during that timeframe. These video loops incorporated elaborate graphics, animation, music and narration along with old photos, sketches and film clips, as they were available. The detail, artistry and organizational thought that went into this whole exhibit was sensational.
“Of course, this exhibit is just a basic overview of our history,” Chang-Sun explained. “The Zentauria Institute of History has entire rooms dedicated to each era, and more archived writings, pictures, and video footage than you could ever hope to get through in a lifetime. It’s pretty awesome, though.”
As we slowly walked around the exhibit, I gleaned a few central themes: 1468 – The Zentaurian Tongue; 1527 – Sold! To Italy; 1674 – The African Alliance; 1705 – The England Effect; 1763 – Independence! 1816 – “Our White Powder Problem” (The brief rise and fall of refined sugar…) 1898 – The Shukulandon Era; 1927 – Enter the Post-Modern; 1968 – Future Now: 1991 – Ultra-Linked! And so forth…
I also noticed that each part of the exhibit had its own elaborate pencil sketch collage that featured a number of distinguished looking men and women, some of whom I recognized, like da Vinci, Copernicus, Newton, Queen Elizabeth I, Kant, Voltaire, Monet, Catherine the Great, Beethoven, and Gandhi, among others, including the iconic Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. When I asked if these collages were supposed to be of influential people from the respective era, Chang-Sun said that they were influential Zentaurians from that era.
“Do you mean to tell me that all of the historical figures I see in these drawings had at some point spent some time here?”
“But why isn’t this public knowledge?”
“Well…” Chang-Sun smiled. “There’s a lot about this place that hasn’t been public knowledge, my friend.”
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