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1 Facts about Braidwood on Sun Jan 20 2019, 13:17

Crystal Glade
Crestal Glade is a place that has long since been sacred to the people of Braidwood and Valganon. It is a clearing, a meadow in the forest on the other side of the mountains. Flowers and plants of all species grow in the meadow, some found only there. In the very center of the meadow is a spring, which is filled with the cleanest water in the world, and in the very center of the spring is the most beautiful tree in the world, the Skjall di Tobor, or by human words, the Tree of Life. The tree has been here since the beginning of the world, and in some beliefs since even before that. It is said that the first form of intelligent life was born when a fruit from the tree fell to the ground. Whether this is true or not, very few alive can say for certain. Under the shade of the great tree of life seems a perpetual twilight due to the large plant’s many branches that reach up into the sky, and as if from nowhere a stream of pure, clean water drops from the tree’s branches, feeding into the spring at its base. Beyond the tree is the meadow, full of flowers and wild animals that act more tame than any pet in the world. Many believe they are so docile due to the great tree’s effect, which works just as well on humans and other humanoid races, turning even raging fiends into kind angels when under its magnificent presence. It is a very popular spot for visitors, as well as for couples looking to get a blessing. Many men (and even women) have proposed to their loved one under the tree’s branches, in the hope that their love will last as long as the tree itself. Crestal Glade is often called “the most tranquil place in the world.” The glade sits just below a cliff which has a constant stream from the mountains nearby running down and into it, and despite it being very close to Mt. Naruga, it is protected from the fires, a clear sign that even the fires of dragons and hell cannot stop life from moving forwards and growing. From other parts of the surrounding forest, clean water falls down the cliffs guarding the glade against the forces of mother nature that plague the rest of the world, keeping Crestal Glade as bright and pure as the day it was first formed.

The Elysian Tavern, where elves and other races come to drink happily together. (top two). The daughter of Sir Jestor, the owner of the tavern. She is the main bard in the tavern, and plays the most beautiful music you'll ever hear, and has the most gorgeous singing voice in the world. (bottom)


The Elysian Tavern
One of few, the Elysian Tavern is the most prominent in Braidwood, and is well-known for its speciality drink, the Midas Touch, a sweet and strong smelling golden brew not sold anywhere else in the world. It is a closely guarded secret within the family of the tavern’s owner, Sir Jestor Camber. The Elysian Tavern is the forefront of information going in and out of the city, with a secret guild lying underneath the tavern, a guild that is used as a spy network across the world, with the tavern as its headquarters and disguise. Sir Jestor is aware of the guild, naturally, though as long as they pay for the space he stays out of whatever they are doing. There is always two or three members up in the tavern, pretending to be drinking to gather and pass on information to those who wander in looking for such.




The Guild of Hermes
The guild of Hermes is the spy network that thrives in the underbelly of the Elysian Tavern. Its leader, Rojo, is a man who of exquisite taste…. Specifically the life energy of humans. Rojo is a hybrid vampire who prefers to feed off the energy of life around him rather than going out and drinking the blood of some poor fellow who wandered by, but when Rojo is in a pinch and needs the extra energy or strength, he puts aside his reservations and drinks up. The guild of Hermes is the central information network of Braidwood, and quite possibly the largest in the world, if not the largest. It spans across the entire globe of land, pulling in the information of all kinds. The network was started by Rojo’s predecessor, a former adviser to the first king of Braidwood almost a thousand years ago. Rojo has been leader for well over nine hundred years, enjoying his work as much as anyone would in their line of business. You can join the guild of Hermes, if you pass the special test, and make your way up the ranks. There is a job for everyone with any skill in the guild.



Citadel Narugalsh
Named after Mt. Naruga herself, Narugalsh is a palace that stands at the second highest point of Braidwood, overlooking both the town and lower reaches of the volcano behind it. It is a large structure built more like a citadel than like the castles seen throughout the land. The first king of Braidwood, King Nylian Zinora, wanted his home and throne to look like something a king of peace would live in, rather than the castle and forts strewn across the world that kings of war stood their ground in. Afterall, Braidwood was a kingdom that was far too hot for anything not a fire elf or similar could live in until the heat barrier was in place. The palace itself is open to visitors, but only a small portion of it, including the lobby, a guest dining area, the royal guard’s armory (for looks only, not allowed to touch anything), and a party room. In addition, anyone is allowed to request an audience with the king, though they must fill out a written form before doing so (or have a royal retainer fill it out for them, if they are unable).



Mt. Naruga

Mt. Naruga is an active volcano that sits behind Braidwood. Unknown to most, Mt. Naruga is actually the remains of a long dead lava dragon, petrified due to an eternal spell cast long, long ago. The deities of Braidwood, after their long battle with Naruga, decided to encase the dragon’s now petrified body into a volcano, and they rose up the land to form a mountain that will serve as a proper burial mound for their proud adversary. In time Nylian Zinora came to them for a blessing to build a town under their mountain, and it was then they told him of the truth of the mountain, hoping it would scare the elf away for good. Nylian did not back down, however, and soon the sister deities gave in and gave the man their blessing and promise that they would keep Naruga silent as long as the king’s people pay tribute to them. In response, Nylian had his people build a great temple inside the side of the volcano in respect for the sisters, and once a month he and every king after him would come to give thanks, making the long trek up the stairs to the temple.


Once a year, for three days, the citizens of Braidwood hold a festival in honor and respect for their patron deities. Naturally, most of the city’s population thanks them weekly, some even daily, but the festival is a day when it is said that the two sisters come down to join in the lives of their people, to have a good time without anyone being suspicious. There is a parade, entertainment, musicians, and stalls for masks, food, clothing, and even small trinkets. Often one would see carpet sellers, people who come from outside the city to sell their wares at the festival, their merchandise laid out on a carpet with a small tent overtop them. Over the many years they have been coming to the festival, the king has given the carpet merchants their very own section of the city to stay in and lay out their wares. This section is generally kept empty for such groups when the festival is over, and all the merchants leave to go scavenge or sell elsewhere.


Past History
One of few, the Elysian Tavern is the most prominent in Braidwood, and is well-known for its specialty drink, the Midas Touch, a sweet and strong smelling golden brew not sold anywhere else in the world. It is a closely guarded secret within the family of the tavern’s owner, Sir Jestor Camber. The Elysian Tavern is the forefront of information going in and out of the city, with a secret guild lying underneath the tavern, a guild that is used as a spy network across the world, with the tavern as its headquarters and disguise. Sir Jestor is aware of the guild, naturally, though as long as they pay for the space he stays out of whatever they are doing. There is always two or three members up in the tavern, pretending to be drinking to gather and pass on information to those who wander in looking for such.
The guild of Hermes is the spy network that thrives in the underbelly of the Elysian Tavern. Its leader, Rojo, is a man who of exquisite taste…. Specifically the life energy of humans. Rojo is a hybrid vampire who prefers to feed off the energy of life around him rather than going out and drinking the blood of some poor fellow who wandered by, but when Rojo is in a pinch and needs the extra energy or strength, he puts aside his reservations and drinks up. The guild of Hermes is the central information network of Braidwood, and quite possibly the largest in the world, if not the largest. It spans across the entire globe of land, pulling in information of all kinds. The network was started by Rojo’s predecessor, a former adviser to the first king of Braidwood almost a thousand years ago. Rojo has been leader for well over nine hundred years, enjoying his work as much as anyone would in their line of business. You can join the guild of Hermes, if you pass the special test, and make your way up the ranks. There is a job for everyone with any skill in the guild.
Named after Mt. Naruga herself, Narugalsh is a palace that stands at the second highest point of Braidwood, overlooking both the town and lower reaches of the volcano behind it. It is a large structure built more like a citadel than like the castles seen throughout the land. The first king of Braidwood, King Nylian Zinora, wanted his home and throne to look like something a king of peace would live in, rather than the castle and forts strewn across the world that kings of war stood their ground in. Afterall, Braidwood was a kingdom that was far too hot for anything not a fire elf or similar could live in until the heat barrier was in place. The palace itself is open to visitors, but only a small portion of it, including the lobby, a guest dining area, the royal guard’s armory (for looks only, not allowed to touch anything), and a party room. In addition, anyone is allowed to request an audience with the king, though they must fill out a written form before doing so

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Mt. Naruga is an active volcano that sits behind Braidwood. Unknown to most, Mt. Naruga is actually the remains of a long-dead lava dragon, petrified due to an eternal spell cast long, long ago. The deities of Braidwood, after their long battle with Naruga, decided to encase the dragon’s now petrified body into a volcano, and they rose up the land to form a mountain that will serve as a proper burial mound for their proud adversary. In time Nylian Zinora came to them for a blessing to build a town under their mountain, and it was then they told him of the truth of the mountain, hoping it would scare the elf away for good. Nylian did not back down, however, and soon the sister deities gave in and gave the man their blessing and promise that they would keep Naruga silent as long as the king’s people pay tribute to them. In response, Nylian had his people build a great temple inside the side of the volcano in respect for the sisters, and once a month he and every king after him would come to give thanks, making the long trek up the stairs to the temple.

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