Staff and students at the University of Glasgow may have observed that a certain amount of building work is taking place around the campus. Sometimes this has even interfered with our fantasy seminars. Yesterday, for instance, a haunting and semi-melodious series of whistles was heard outside my office window, interrupting our discussion of the works of James Stephens and Flann O’Brien as everyone secretly fingered their good luck talismans or made the sign to avert evil on the palm of their hidden right hand. These whistles proceeded, I believe, from the lips of a passing gnome (see right) who was carrying a mound of dwarf bread to the construction site (dwarf bread is of course more durable than most kinds of stone). She has been duly reprimanded.
I must apologize unreservedly for this unavoidable nuisance. The fact is that we are in the process of building a gigantic Fantasy Hub in the vicinity of the University Library, which entails (among other things) laying down elaborate networks of chymical piping connecting us up to the Wyrld Wyde Webbe, an arcane alternative internet service for connoisseurs of the impossible; hence the elaborate system of tunnels that are being dug beneath adjoining roads. We have also been digging Cavernous Vaults for storage (some spell books have to be preserved in giant lead casques inscribed with protective runes), while simultaneously laying foundations for the crenellated towers of the Hub, which will dwarf the brutalist pile of the library and complement the Gothic flamboyance of the main university building. No expenses have been spared in resurrecting Victorian architects to help lend an authentic air of neo-Gothicism to our construction – though I’m afraid some of the necromantic processes involved are very noisy.
Work is still at an early stage, and consultation of the Fantasy Community is important to us. If there are crucial elements that need to be incorporated into the hub, please let us know. We are not at liberty to disclose the plans we have at present, but if you come up with something we haven’t thought of we will openly acknowledge your innovation and make every effort to persuade the goblins, dwarves and elementals on our construction staff to build it into the edifice.
Thank you for your attention.