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Its residential structures are clustered along the shore, with warehouses, canneries, and other commercial and industrial structures farther inland. This arrangement keeps waste products from the industry of the village out of the lake.
Freedom Shore's major products are fish, freshwater shellfish, giant gourds and gourd-boats, wicker products, and prime fertilizer. All of these products are transported to other villages via luftship or barge.
Most of the aquatic craft used in Freedom Shore and the rest of the Seven Villages, are created from boat gourds. Freedom Shore is the largest producer of these gourds and grows them in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most of the farmland on the southern side of the ridge is dedicated to growing these plants. Boat-gourd farms consume a massive amount of fertilizer and are the main customers of the mung pits, without which the farms could not thrive.
The waste from gourd boat production is carved into wooden tools, furniture, cabinetry, and roof shingles, among other traditional uses for tree wood.
The boats, especially houseboats, come in a marvelous array of sizes and shapes, ranging from simple one-room floating huts to multistoried mansions. The hulls of the vessels are sometimes wooden, but usually gourd-based, and the roof or canopy is generally made from tightly woven reeds, coated inside and out with a special tree sap. Racconan watercraft are all gentle curves and swooping lines that are pleasing to the eye. These boats are propelled by oars, punting poles, or occasionally, by lux. A few are propelled by mechanical paddlewheels driven by hand or foot. Almost none of the houseboats are driven by sail, though some of the other boats are. Regardless of the mode of power, the houseboats tend to move with painstaking slowness.
Stilted houses are quite common as well. They are found near the shoreline and liberally sprinkled along the entire shore well out past the city proper. They are usually one- or two-room round houses with a woven-reed roof and stilts that hold them 10-12 feet above the surface. They usually have a rope ladder for access and a large hole in the floor for bringing in bulky or heavy objects. Inhabitants of these structures rarely build additions to them, instead setting up another like it nearby and connecting them with bridges.
The residences store their nightsoil and garbage in barrels filled with a special-made dessicant. Each day, a mung boat comes by, and the workers collect the full barrels, leaving behind empty ones with fresh dessicant. The full barrels are then off-loaded into the mung pits inland and emptied into the compost heaps there. Mung boats constitute a significant secondary industry for the community and keep the lake water clean. The mung pits use the nightsoil and fish offal from the canneries to produce some of the highest-grade fertilizer available in the Seven Villages. Mung-boat workers keep themselves covered from head to foot with oilcloth and special clothing to stay clean.
The children of Freedom Shore are well acquainted with the water. Most can swim before they can walk, and they tend to be very quick and agile swimmers. Many of them can hold their breath for up to a quarter of an hour. Thanks to the careful sanitation practices of the city and the wardings that keep away dangerous aquatic life, kits are able to play in the lake as carefree as any child in a village. Most children in Freedom Shore get a small coracle or raft at an early age and begin learning their parents' trade.