Visitors reach the gate
of the inn by walking up a set of shallow stone stairs ringed by trees.
The spaces between the stairs have been accumulating fallen leaves and weeds here and there due to neglect, but they're still perfectly serviceable and Zouichi has been working on getting them back into shape
. Inside the gate, the entrance of the inn is actually located in a small courtyard with a number of flowering trees, some plum, some cherry. When they bloom, they're lovely, but the petals do get everywhere. The trees are backlit
so they can be viewed even at night.
The tatami rooms are set up in a fairly standard layout
, simply decorated with futons provided for the guests, each of which look out
into the gardens or courtyard. There are raised wooden walkways around the different parts of the hotel
. The inn sports single-gender outdoor hot springs
, separated by a partition, which can be reached using these walkways.
There's also a garden in the middle of the structure, around which the inn appears to have been built. It's partially shaded by trees, and an old wisteria plant seems to have grown up one of the walls. There's pond at the center of the garden
with still, mirror-black water and unlit stone lanterns dot the stone walkway.
Many of the inn's doors are the sliding paper-kind, but there are also a fair number of the wooden, hinged sort. Some of the doors are padlocked; it's not clear where all the keys are. And a few are tiny, half the height of an ordinary door, requiring anyone who uses it to stoop down in order to pass. Zouichi has not yet figured out how to get to the inn's attic.
The inn is OOC canonly named after Susono Musubi, the protagonist from Noise.Note
: Maps aren't completely to scale, but WHATEVER CLOSE ENOUGHFIRST FLOOR1. Foyer and Hallway
: The foyer has some shallow steps that lead up to the rest of the first floor. There is plenty of room to put aside your shoes. The hallway itself is made of polished wood laid lengthwise. There is a set of double doors that lead outside, located at the end of the hall2. Unused
: A large room with high-set windows that look into the garden. There is a padlocked door at one end of the room; the lock has an engraving of a Dianthus on it. The storage room (4) on the other side of the hall has no corresponding door, so the existence of a small additional room (3) is almost certain.3. Locked Room
: Conjectured.4. Storage Room
: A small, unused room for storage.5. Kitchen
: Has kitcheny things in it, such as pots/pans, nonperishable foods, tea, etc. In the back of the kitchen is a flight of stairs that leads to the second floor.6. Storeroom
: A storeroom containing various useful items: lanterns, additional kitchen supplies, chests, etc.7. Garden Hallway
: A hallway that opens up into the garden, as well as the walkway to the hot springs. Light filters in through the double doors that lead outside.8. Unused
: A partitioned room that leads to the rear hallway.9. Bathroom
: What it says on the tin, complete with multiple sinks!10. Clock Hallway
: A hallway with an old grandfather clock at one end. There is a door to another room (13), but it is latched from the inside.11. Window Hallway
: A long, windowed hallway through which sunlight can filter through. There is a flight of stairs on each end.12. Hidden Room
: The entrance to this room is hidden by a large, heavy step tansu
. When this is pushed aside, the doors to the room become visible. Once moved, the tansu can be used as stairs to reach a hidden room on the second floor, which is otherwise inaccessible.13. Partitioned Room
: A room containing multiple sliding doors. The door to the Clock Hallway (10) can be unlatched from this side. In addition, it is possible to note the discrepancy in the width of different sections of the room, suggesting the existence of another hidden room.14. Hidden Room
: A single window in the room, when viewed from outside, suggests the existence of this room. There is only a single, small door into (14), accessible from the Hidden Passage (15).15. Hidden Passage
: A narrow secret passageway hidden in the wall in part of the Great Hall (17). It leads to a hidden room (14).16. Garden
: A garden with a pond, large wisteria vines crawling up along the upper-left corner, trees, and stone lanterns that can be lit in the nighttime. A wooden walkway leads around the length of the garden, with steps that lead down.17. Great Hall
: A large room with muliple sections, partitioned with sliding doors. There is a secret passage (15) hidden in one of the walls.18. Hot Springs
: Separate hot springs for male and female guests. Stone steps lead down to the water on both sides
.SECOND FLOOR1. Rear Hallway
: A hallway that connects to the Common Room (9), and rooms R01-R04, as well as the two flights from the Rear Hallway on the first floor. It does NOT connect to the Hidden Room (7).2. Unused
: A large, unused room.3. Front Hallway
: This hallway connects to the kitchen stairs, the Library (4), and rooms R05-R10.4. Library
: A medium-sized library, with a large square sofa. It is very comfy. There is a lock on the door with a Wisteria design.5. Sunroom
: A wide open room with large windows that allow sunlight to stream in.6. Back Room
: A small room that can be reached from the hidden room (7). Currently unused.7. Hidden Room
: This room can only be accessed using the step tansu from the first floor.8. Stairs to Attic
: A small door leads to this room from the landing of the hidden room (7). There is a lock with a Bellflower design on the door.9. Common Room
: A large room with a number of chairs and small tables. A guest can open the sliding doors to access a balcony that looks out into the garden.10. Storage Room
: A small storage room.
In addition, the second floor contains the following rooms for guests:R01
. Howard (Rat)R04
. Jr. (Dog)R07
. Simon (Dragon)R08
. Allenby (Horse)R09
. Kanoe Zouichi (Tiger)Note
: Each of the guest rooms can be unlocked with a key engraved with a design of one of the animals from the zodiac
. I didn't define a set order for the keys, so people who can move in can choose their animal.ROOM ARRANGEMENT
(applies to each room)
In general, the rooms are set up with a door at one end that opens into a hallway with a hardwood floor. There's a bathtub/shower at one end (lower right), and two larger rooms, both containing closets/drawers (scribbled on the right, ignore the totally wrong doorknobs -- the closets slide open and closed). One of the rooms opens out into the balcony (upper right). There's also a bathroom, separate from the bath/shower. The doors to the bathroom, the bathtub/shower, and the entrance door are hinged; all others are sliding.