This Age was named for its author, Grand Master Kadish. A student of the teachings of King Naygen, Kadish adopted many of the old King’s ideals in his life. He was known for his patronage of the arts, his fascination with puzzle devices, and above all, his incredible wealth. Kadish collected vast stores of gold, textiles, works of art, jewelry, and other treasures. Tolesa was written in the 9390’s to house his tremendous hoard.
The Age consists of a series of puzzles created to keep away unwelcome visitors. Kadish Tolesa is set in the midlevels of a gargantuan forest, and is completely dominated by immense trees whose tops and bottoms are lost in a purple haze. They house a rich variety of arboreal life whose calls and scurrying can be heard in the otherwise total silence1.
Despite the awe-inspiring immensity demonstrated in the Age, it is dominated by an overpowering sense of decay. Arches and stairways have collapsed, the metal pieces of the locks are corroded, and the very stone crumbles and rots. Dust and dead leaves cover the broken pathways. Only the trees stand as a memorial to the futility of man’s greed.
Like many private Ages of the D’ni elite, Kadish Tolesa has a distinctly artistic flair to its architecture. Stone was used almost exclusively for construction, with metallic accents2. Everything was built on a giant scale to accentuate the feeling of insignificance given by the trees, and even the delicate arches and balconies among the boles of the trees have a very heavy feel to them. The latter stages of the puzzle-locks involve construction on a scale worthy of the Maintainer’s Garrison Ages3.
Kadish evidently had a number of interests outside of his own Guild. Besides his Writing ability he owned a number of art galleries in the city. It is possible that some of the pieces are even his own design, as many similarities in style can be drawn to the peculiar style he used in his Ages.
1 Among them can be heard the distinctive call of the Ytram. Whether
this amphibian is native to Kadish and was imported to Riven or originally
came from another Age entirely and dispersed throughout the D’ni
ontology remains to be seen.
2 The source of the building material is unclear, and may have been imported by Kadish specifically for his projects. If so, it must have been at enormous expense to himself.
3 It has also been suggested that some of the pieces in his galleries are Outsider art, although this has not been confirmed.