The fortress built into the heart of the tree, was built in the style of Old Dallaenus, as shown on the exterior of the fortress.
The swamps long ago flooded this land, and the Ancient Oak is the last remnant of richer, healthier times. The surrounding land is populated by indigenous swamp species of flora and fauna.
Once the land became flooded, the elves built a pier beneath the Oak, to allow access to the fortress. There is a stairway up to the fortress that can be raised in times of trouble.
The first floor is where guests are seen and issues addressed. Varis has traveled to the Ancient Oak, so that he may ascertain the situation in Nocturnus, and the recent activities of the Drow. He is currently meeting with one of the Dwarven clans, a representative of the Reptilians, one of the Minotaur tribes and an Orc Warlord. The minotaur bodyguards are awaiting their leader in the entry room.
The standard of the Rustling Leaves Clan adorns the wall in the entry room.
The Orcs and Dwarves also brought contingents, who await them in the antechamber.
Varis is meeting with the various representatives, discussing the potential alliances and actions that may be undertaken.
Altaris, the commander of the fortress, watches as the discussion ensues.
The 2nd floor of the fortress consists of living chambers for the elven inhabitants, and provides access to the balcony.
The balcony has a small garden, with a statue of Dallaenus, the great Elven Lord who founded this fortress.
The Ancient Oak has provided a great outpost for the Elves, from which they have been able to once again establish tentative ties with the inhabitants of Nocturnus. The Elves hope to reverse the present course of death and destruction that runs rampant among many of the lords and ladies of this land, and someday eradicate plague that is the Drow from this world once and for all.
I have a high-rez (kinda) folder on Flickr since Brickshelf appears to be down.
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Edited by rogueang, 29 January 2012 - 04:40 AM.