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Test of Life
In the Test of Life, one of the tests in the Discipline of Architecture, you (and other participants) will build an aqueduct system. These aqueducts will assist everybody in growing vegetables, among other things. Each week, the owners of the towers that have assisted in growing the most vegetables will pass the test.
Aqueducts are large-scale projects consisting of a series of linked buildings. An Aqueduct Pumping Station is constructed next to a source of deep water; here, water is manually pumped and raised to a specified altitude. Gravity then sends the water flowing through a chain of Aqueduct Towers, which stand 20 coords apart and are connected by pipes. At each tower, some of the water flows down to a ground-level basin where it is accessible to Egyptians and plants.
An aqueduct tower supplied with fresh, pure water offers a number of advantages to passers-by:
- Jugs can be filled there.
- Taking a drink straight from the basin provides a temporary +3 boost to a random attribute (the attribute boosted is randomly set when the tower is built).
- Growing vegetables nearby provides improved yields. Each tower boosts the yield of one specific vegetable type, randomly determined when the tower is built.
- Moss grows in the basin, which can be harvested for scientific and agricultural purposes.
- With Herbiculture tech, herb seeds can be cultivated at certain towers.
Because gravity is used to pipe water from tower to tower, each tower must be at least 5 feet shorter than the one "upstream" that feeds it.
Build an Aqueduct Tower that provides life-giving water to the arid desert. Vegetable growth assistance is tallied weekly.
- Build an Aqueduct Tower
- Raise the height of any Aqueduct Tower
- Pump an Aqueduct
- Use an Aqueduct to fill Jugs
- Use an Aqueduct to grow Vegetables
- Assist in growing 1000 Vegetables (Updated Weekly) This should say assist in growing 1000 vegetable HARVESTS! (very different!) - Tzalaa-
I understand this to be 1000 "harvests" not the number of vegetables grown. -WaggPhysh-
Also, this is not the number of harvests you have grown at towers,
but the the number of harvests grown at or after you tower on the aquaduct line. -Amenuk
When vegetables are grown at a tower, that tower and all towers upstream
(toward the pump) accrue points. Points are per harvest, not per deben. (Matk)
Heres another way of looking at it. Lets say you built a tower at the end of the line. Anyone growing veggies at your tower will help you and anyone down the line on "Assisting on harvesting 1k veggies". If someone builds a tower after yours and grows veggies, it will count towards the 1k for them and you (and everyone down the line). If people grow veggies at any tower down the line, it will only count on that acqueduct and those behind it. So if you want to help the acqueduct line, try to always grow all your veggies on the end of the line (to help everyone down the line, before yours on the "Assist in growing 1k harvests". Lets say everyone grows veggies at every tower except yours (last on the line) and below. Then you would not get any credit towards the 1k veggies. Any credit you wanted, towards the 1k harvests, would need to be done by yours. So thats why you should always find out the last acqueduct on the line, and grow veggies there, if possible. (Cegaiel)
Demonstrate the Principle
To open the Test of Life you require:
1 Steel Wire (Missing)
1 Copper Wire (Missing)
1 Moon Steel Sheeting (Missing)
1 White Raeli Tiles (Missing)
1 Greenish Raeli Tiles (Missing)
1 Yellowish Raeli Tiles (Missing)
1 Pinkish Raeli Tiles (Missing)
1 Black Raeli Tiles (Missing)
1 Rotproof, Rigid, Nontoxic Boards (Missing)
1 Concrete (Missing)
1 Oyster Shell Marble (Missing)
1 Night Granite (Missing)
1 Grey Star Marble (Missing)
Aqueduct Bonus Towers
An aqueduct consists of one Aqueduct Pump, and a chain of Aqueduct Towers leading away from the pump to useful growing locations.
Pumps and towers may only be built at fixed locations set out in a hexagonal pattern, with exactly 20 coordinates between possible locations. When placing an aqueduct construction site, a locator window will appear to help you identify suitable spots.
Pumps can only be built at the edge of deep fresh water, as indicated by the aqueduct construction locator window. While the construction site is on the riverbank, the completed pump will appear in deep water at one of the points on the hexagonal grid, too far away to directly access. To access and upgrade the pump, you must build a tower adjacent to the pump; it will have additional options to fill the pump's cistern or upgrade the pump.
The pump counts as a tower for the purposes of the Test, so the pump's owner will accumulate points for all vegetables grown at downstream towers.
Towers may only be built when there is an immediately adjacent tower or pump, with a top that is at least 5 feet higher than the ground elevation of the new tower. You should use a Barometer to check the heights of your planned route. If you attempt to build in a bad location, it will not allow you to load materials to build the tower.
The top of built towers may be individually raised (for additional materials) after they are constructed, subject to the 5-foot restriction above.
Dedicated Life Guilds
- Desert of Shades
- Eastern Grounds
- FoA Aqueduct - Eastern Grounds region
- Midland Valley
- River Plains
- Northern River Plains Aqueduct - Society of Life Undertakers in River Plains (SLURP) Guild
- Middle River Plains Aqueduct - Paradise Plains Guild
- Southern River Plains Aqueduct - The Point Guild
- Seven Lakes
- South Egypt
- Valley of Kings
Planning / under construction:
See Test Pass History.