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Raveran: Under and on the surface

Raveran: Under and on the surface

Postby Mat » Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:48 am

((These lands are currently held under the cruel paws of Mat))

Raveran, a land close to the surface with many exits onto the strange lands of the whiteelves, Riviil and Rivorl. Many beings from the underdark and the surface aswell can be found in these regions.

The main city in this region represents already why the Val´Ilhar´Dro though not a major force in Chel´El´Sussoloth, are still able to look for themselves. Val´Reveran. Val´Reveran is a city with about tenthoursand inhabitants. Beings of all races live in this city and due to the major income of trade, most citizens regardless the race are free people. The Val´Ilhar´Dro are the main clan in the city and provide the major legion of the city. There are two local clans in the city. The Vir´Reska and the Qin´Dalasque. Aswell as there is an outpost of the clan Yurun´Hiir under the comman of Qill´Yate Yurun´Hiir, an underhouse of the Val´Sarghress. The Yurun´Hiir soldiers start from here their travels to the surface for riches. Many relic hunters, mercenaries, traders and every otehr type of buisnessmen and women who can take profit out of the flourishing trade with the surface are present within this city. The city is currently under the rule of the Val´Sharess Visaria Lin´Allenia Val´Ilhar´Dro. There is acouncil made of the three main clans of the city. The Yurun´Hiir are only rarely present, since most of the force is all the time on travel.

Places within the city:
Val´Reveran Bazar: The market of Val´Reveran. At the first gaze someone will notice at once that the cities market is actually too big for the city itself. A whole cavern has been secured as marketarea. Within here tents, shopbuildings, huger storagehalls with attached shops, people simply standing on the street and trying to sell their goods are the main sight. There is one main street leading through the cavern from the eastern to the western livingdistrict of Val´Reveran. alongside this street are the huge storagehalls, filled with goods that are going through from the underdark to the surface and vice versa. Besides this main street there are only small pathways leading through the bazar cavern like a maze. Someone not being familiar with the area can be easily ost in there... vanishing for days. In this cavern everything can be found that the heart of a drow desires. Exotic slaves, exotic and strange goods from the surface. Best wares that flow through this place from both the underdark and the surface. There will be nothing what you cannot find in here. Steady Val´Ilhar´Dro patrols keep the peace within this city and uproars are finished quickly and with all force needed. The laws within the city forbid fighting out of any reason within the market halls. Only exception, selfdefense and even a "barbrawl" could end in a cell of fortress Val´Ilhar´Dro.

Silent Strider tavern: The silent strider is placed alongside the main travelroute from the underworld to the surface. It is a huge building with five floors. The area has been scured itself with a wall with one entrance, wich is guarded by the house own militiaforce. Outside on the yard is an arena for the entertainment of those with violant thoughts. Aswell as a barrack for the militia, the slaves and servants. Not to forget the huge stables for everything that someone might use as ridinganimal. From a lizard to a huge cat to the strangest of all... a.. horse.

The main level is kept as tavern with all the fun a tavern grants. Stonestairs. guarded by a group of two militia soldiers and a Faern, lead down into the level below, a hall covered with carpets and cushions.. only calld "The harem". In here someone might find the relaxing drow and surfacer under the influence of different drugs and alcohol. Lovable women and adorable men of the household keep an eye out for every single need a guest might have in here, whatever he might wish...
The levels above these two are mainly livingquaters for those who want to rest. A detachment of six Val Ilhar´Dro soldiers under the command of Vallia Vil´anja Val Ilhar´Dro are present aswell in case there is need.
The owner of this tavern is currently.. as strange as it may sound.. a Riviil with the name Paul Everech.

Clanfortress Val Ilhar´dro the seat of the Val´Sharess:

Looking upon these walls someone might imagine the true treisure the clan Val Ilhar´Dro holds with the many outposts and the flourishing trade.
The entry into the fortress cavern is a tall gate made of an adamantene alloy. On the huge black metal the silver tree of the Ilhar´Dro is embedded. At every time at least ten soldiers of all kind of the Val Ilhar´Dro forces. Faerns, spellsingers and soldiers keep an eye on every visitor who wishes an audience with one of the royal family.
The fortress itself lies in a huge surface garden. Trees, flowers off all sorts are planted into a huge area. Fountains made of white marble spare the moist for the plants. A road made of white marble plates aswell lead through this pearl of natures beauty. Trees that carry all sorts of surface fruits, statues made of marble, silver and gold, showing Val Ilhar´Dro nobles, surfaceanimals and small scenes of daily life, aswell as benches around a small lake filled with surface fish someone can find in here. This lake might be one of the rare places a drow can bathe outside a bathtrub or pool in the underworld. If allowed that is... The whole cavern is enlightened by strange huge gems that shimmer in a white yellow light. Those drow who are not used to it wil have difficulties to see clearly in thsi light. The inhabitants dont have due to their regualr contact with and surfacers even tell that this light looks a bit like the sun. Whatever a sun might be?...
The main fortress reaches like a finger of Ivory into the sky reaching out for the cavernceiling. Halls filled with riches lie behind golden gates, showing the wealth this city holds due to the position close to the surface...
Most guests are welcome, traders of great wealth, nobles of the other clans and even travelling nobles. Romors tell that many times even Nega Fanea the great Ilharess of the Val Ilhar´Dro clan can be found on the court. There are many great halls for leasure, guestrooms spilling with riches and the main thronehall of the court.

The thronehall should someone ever be able to see it is of blinding beauty. The hall is round like a circle and and when someone looks up he can see it reaches nearly up to the top of the tower. The floor has been layed out with gold and a huge silver tree is embedded into the ground in the center an own round platform in the middle. Stairs with a red velvet carpet lead up to this platform. On the walls are smaller and huger alcoves and in them seem to rest stonestatues of different predators and elder Ilhar´Dro warriors. Some of these statues are about 10 feet tall. Each of these statues has a pair of twinkling gems of all sorts as eyes that stare restless into hall. An experienced Faern can sense already the strong magic aura and the purpose of those. Powerful golems... guardians of these halls. Most times someone will find one or two members of the royal family in the thronehall even if it is not the Val´Sharess herself. About twenty royal guards build a circle along the ivory white walls of this thronehalls. Two of them stand directly in front of the stairs to the platform. They carry blue armors with the silver tree as crest on the chest... long furred cloaks enclosing around their shoulders. Each one of them carries a long nagita and none of them looks like he would carry this weapon only to show off. In the wall itself someone embedded an endless count of gems, smaller or larger type and in all colors and forms. Each one of them seems to shimmer in its own light sparing enough to enlight the hall as whole.

The platform itself seems to be made out of one piece of marvel. It has been layed out with black velvet and someone might notice that it is a carpet, again with the silvery tree of the Ilhar´Dro. In the "corners" of the circle stand four huge pillars in obsidian sockets. The pillars are about three meters high and are made out of rock crystal. They seem to brim with mana and are constantly glowing in a smooth blue light a faint humming tune constantly emerging from the surface of these crystals.
Thje throne itself seems to have been cut out of one gem. Its polished surface is deep blue and green.. The inner side has been laid out with cushions and velvet making it rather comfortable to sit on. On the top of the throne someone cut out of the gem a tree and fixed silver leaves on it that seem constantly to shimmer in their very own light.

((This should give you an impression about the royal fortress :) ))

The Yurun´Hiir Encampement:

The Yurun´Hiir encampement is really more a legions camp than a real fortress. An area on the outer districts of the city has been secured with a wall and many smaller and larger buildings hold all what house Yurun´Hiir needs. Compared to the royal and the other clansfortresses this "fortress" is hold rather simple. In absence of the major force there are about fifty mercenaries that are living in these halls taking care of the more or less home of the clan. Yet due to the nature of the Vhalaress Qill´Yate it is unlikely that it will become more than a place to stay for a while. You will find a stables smiths barracks and a main building in there. Huge storagehalls for all the equipment needed for a huge army that is always on travel. When the main force is in the city the citizens will notice it by the flood of Yurun´Hiir soldiers that dwell into the leasure areas of Val´Reveran aswell as there will be many on the market selling their personal gatherings from their travels. The real force of the house Yurun´hiir are about fivehundret men and women under Qill´Yates rule.

The Vir´Reska fortress: This clansfortress has its gates closed at all the time. Visitors will rarely get within the walls of the thif fortress. In the city itself is an embassy of the Vir´Reska, where people who have buisness with the Vir´Reska can go to. The embassador Liven´Lairel Vir´Reska has an open ear for every need. So the most things seen by the common eye is the huge gate with a glowing glyph as crest and the about fifteen soldiers covered from foot to head in a grey and black armor that guard the gate.
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Postby Mat » Fri Oct 22, 2004 4:46 pm

The land itself...

Raveran is a vast land beign the neighbour to the lands around Chel´El´Sussoloth. Most of the part is a maze out of tunnels and caverns with all beings the underworld can provide. The Val Ilhar´Dro have secured a pathway, a huge road leading through tunnels and caves to the borders of their realm. Constantly partols on lizards are controlling this area ensuring the safety of the caravans that travel on this path. A few small forts are safe havens for caravans that are in need. Most of them are ruled by the Val Ilhar´Dro. But some of them are provided by other clans aswell, that have contracts with the Ilhar´Dro clan. Mentionable here might be the Vloz´Raveran settlement a settlement run by the Vloz´Ress. But unlike in Chel´El´Sussoloth even the Vloz´Ress here realized the advantage of the flourishing trade, keeping their men together to an acceptable behavior. Aside from this "road" for caravans the underworld around these settlements and the city is wild and for big parts not greatly known to those who have no active interest to be constantly out in the wild.

A few mentionable Areas:

The icecaverns of Shi´lithian:

The icecaverns lie in the east of Val´Reveran. They are a vast area where the stone of the underworld is covered with a smaller and taller layer of ice. Soem rifts in the stone have been closed aswell with ice completely. Round strange looking tunnels leading like veins through the cold stone. Temparatures in that area never grow above -10°C. Plants do not grow there.. and only very few animals adapted themselves to live in these icy wastes. And most of those hunt due to the lack of plants for prey. In Val´Reveran itself a rumor is rather presistent. That deep within these icelands rests the body of a huge black surface dragon, who died ages ago, his body frozen into the eternal ice.

Phoenix´s eye:

Here extremes seem to clash within these lands. to the south of Val´Reveran, relative close to the road that leads to the borders and to Chel´El´Sussoloth lies the lavalake that is called Phoenix´s eye. Its crimson surface seems to be alive by itself. The caverns and caves around Phoenix´s eye are an insecure place. At times it seems some caverns and caves flood with the hot moletn stone only to be laid free again a few hours later. Noone can for sure say how and why the caves that rest above the actual surface of the lavalake fill sometimes with lava. But some pretend to have seen asomething milky white within the molten crimson floods. Something white that moved on its own...


"The Gate":

A huge cave that leads to the open. Light drifts from the exit constantly into the huge cavern. A fresh wind blows into the cave constantly and carries strange scents and noises into the darkness. In this place you will find at all times four soldiers of the Val Ilhar´Dro seeming to observe the exit messages constantly being braught between this border of their lands and the main palace in Val´Reveran. No doubt... this is the pathway leads to the surface and the lands of the Riviil.


The surface

((Later I might add some information about the surface. But since it is a drow FFRPG after all noone should start on the surface. If someone wants to travel into the dangerous lands of the humans orcs and other beasts. PM me aswell as other areas might be added here with time))

The settlements

Small settlements that lay along the long "road" from the surface to the borders of Raveran to Chel´El´Sussoloth.
There are some alike settlements I will pick the Vloz´Ravern settlement as reference here.

Vloz´Raveran is a small settlement with about twohundret inhabitants. It provides a large tavern for the caravans that travel through. A small detachment of mercenaries and soldiers are in charge for the safety of the settlement adn the close area. There is one small "fortress" with a few members of teh Vloz´ress clan that serves as headquater and last bastzion in case of an attack. Vloz´Raveran lives from mining a rare ore and smelting it to an nearly unbreakable alloy. Weapons forged by what is called Voz´ress steel are not breakable by normal means and dont grow dull. A weapon that hits a stonewall will rather break the stone than getting an embrasure. There are barracks for slaves that work in the mines a few buildings for the inhabitants that are working for the Vloz´ress as smiths. Traders trade the food and other needs in change for what the Vloz´ress gather out of the mountain.

The current leader of this settlement is Ener´Renaria Vloz´ress, though it is told that at the moment the ambassador Javera Elharra Vloz´ress is investigating some occurancies there.
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Postby Mat » Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:29 pm

Characters in and around Raveran:

The Royal Court:


Val´Sharess Visaria Lin´Allenia Val´Ilhar´Dro:

An awe inspiring person no doubt the Val´Sharess of Val´Reveran is about 2m10 tall. She hasnt the lookigns of a warrior like a Quain´tana would have, her graceful body and the charming catlike way she moves and talks let respect and awe flood into the hearts of the people around her. Her blue hair falls to the ground a few skeins dyed in silvery color. Out of her face two green eyes shimmer with pride and dignity like emeralds. In the open of an audience She carries a blue gown that runs down her body like water. Silver inlays and small diamonds that are weaved into the silk let the gown twinkle in any small source of light. The gown having no sleeves, let room for silvery bracelets in teh form of two snakes that coil down her underarms. A pair of small emeralds give them a nearly alive looking and sometimes out of the corner of an eye someone might swear they just moved. Around her neck rests a necklace made of small gems, namely emeralds and sapphires shimmer in a green and blue color, that are connected by a nearly invisible string of silk. On her head rests a silver Tiara wich builds on the forehead a silver tree with small golden leaves and a twinkling ruby in its midst. Many sorts of smaller jewelry grace her body and seem to perfection her lookings.

But even more inspiring than her lookings is the Val´SHaress voice. Noone who is listening to her voice is able to have ill feelings against the Val´Sharess. Those listening to her words are convinced by the wisdom that lays within them. The silken like voice being able to let minds travel when she tells a story or inspiring her forces and allies to complete most unbelievable tasks with ease. It is said the Val´Sharess is an expert diplomat and noone is able to deny the aura of respect that surrounds her. On her word armies are set too march in a more fanatic way then even the Kyorl could imagine and on the other hand her words could bring peace to a uprise in the city.

It is told when the Val´Sharess is in the pleased and happy mood to sing that wherever her song is heard people stop their work, combat or whatever they do only to listen to the voice...

The Val´Sharess is known to be a gentle and very patient person. She likes to stride often through the royal garden and some say she would prefer the surface as her home far more than the underworld. In her privacy she is still dressed in the clothes of a noble but someone not knowing her face might mistake her with a normal member of the clan. Yet a mistake noone paid until now with a punishment.. and if the Val´Sharess is in the mood someone might talk to her in the city or her garden, she listening to complaints and concerns of the city, without even knowing it has been her....

Vil´Isdira Val Ilhar´Dro:
Vil´Isdira is the Tribune and general of the main Val´Ilhar´Dro legion in the clands of Raveran. Someone might notice her alike lookings shared with teh Val´Sharess. Being her twinsister it is not surprising. Yet due to the different training and education the exact same lookings of the past have changed and today it is able to see the difference of these two. Having catlike emerald eyes as her sister, yet due to her training she lost a bit of her feminine body, being a bit mroe muscular and trained than her sister. In her duty she carries a formfitting armor made out of adamantium. Under the plates she carries a chainmailtunic with a silken inside so her body hasnt to suffer under the metal. Embedded on the cuirass is the silver tree of the Val´Ilhar´Dro. She can be always seen with two swords bound around her waist using reinforced bracers for parry. Still very patient for a drow who has a position within someones legion she is a bit harsher than her sister. Gentle as long as her orders are understood and the tasks done porperly. The time something goes plain wrong within her ranks she can grow really threatening presence.
In the times she is not in duty she shares the likings for gentle fitting gowns and dresses of her sister. And if the two are seen together someone can see the same person two times and only an experienced eye can tell the military training one of them has completed.

El´lennia Imalla Val Ilhar´Dro:

The ambassador El´ lennia Ilhar´Dro is the person the characters will see most likely if they have important buisness with the royal family. She is the aambassador of the lcan within the city and the consul of the city. She is responsible for the needs of the common man in Val´Reveran. Having audiences for the people of the city she is in direct control of the legion that is responsible for the safety of Val´Reveran.

She is a younger sister of the Val´Sharess Her hair reaches down to her back and is white as snow. Small gems are braided into her hair and give it in the light the lookings of a rainbow that is cast down her back. She has a purple of lovingly purple eyes of a drow and carries ehrself with pride and dignity. Her person is nearly as respected as the Val´Sharess herself. She is about 1m86 tall and always accompanied by two royal guards. She is a very gentle person and because of this was trusted into the position of the cities Consul by the Val´Sharess. She wears mostly a silvery gown with Ivory inlays that fit to the cascade of her white hair. Small gems are weaved into the skirt part of her gown. There are nine gems of different color embedded in a strange order on her skirt. On the question why, she answers that she had the privilege to see the nightsky and the home of Sharess. And this dress shall remember her of this first moment in all eternity.
((There are more Ilhar´Dro nobles in the clan of course I will add them the time they are needed.))

House Yurun´Hiir:

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Postby Mat » Fri Oct 22, 2004 6:30 pm

((More to come on nearly all of the three topics sorry that I cannot write all in one :) ))
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