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By Zagnafein: The Elven Realms of Westernesse

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2005 10:43 pm    Post subject: By Zagnafein: The Elven Realms of Westernesse Reply with quote

Here follows an abridged version of the description of the Elven Realms of Westernesse, as written by Amaranth Silversong, bard of Westernesse.

Situated comfortably between the rivers Swift and Slow (as translated from Ancient Elven scripts), are the elven realms of Westernesse, named so due to the capital which lies exactly in the center of this fertile land.



The arrival of the first Elves to Calenndor predates even the most ancient of human and furre scribes, but there is enough evidence and lore passed down through the generations of elves to know that the first elves did indeed take their first steps on Calenndor on this piece of land. Finding it fertile, yet somewhat barren of forests, they took it upon themselves to settle down on this land and make a beautiful forest out of it. Isolated both politically and by magical means, they were left in piece for millennia to do as they wished.

Westernesse is now a huge forest, thanks to the magic-weaving of the first elven mages and druids, some of which still live today in the forms of magical foci for the upkeeping of the forest. While Westernesse is the name of the elven realm, it is but one city amidst a myriad of others, each located in different places throughout the land. Most of these do not match the splendor of Westernesse, but each specialize in one area of Elven society. Elves are known to refer to the capital by stressying the first 'e' of Westernesse, and to the realms by stressing the second 'e'.

Westernesse itself is a city of about 500,000 elves, located in and around a grove of trees of gargantuan proportions, each kilometers high. Walkways and bridges unite the groves of trees, while the elves have learned to carve within the wood without damaging the tree. The grander Houses of elves tend to live towards the top of the trees, with their houses built amongst the greater branches. Houseless elves and/or lesser Houses live amongst the trunk of the tree, with houses built either within or outside of the wood.

Inside, the trees are a maze of walkways and tunnels, all lit magically. Countless tapestries and decorations liven up the city, including smaller trees and plants which feed of the main trees themselves. Shops and stores of all kinds can be found in the capital, which is the economic center of Westernesse. The city also sports a renouned school of magic, built upon a solidified platform of ironwood and leaves on the top of the central tree of the grove. Only the children of the highest Houses are permitted in this school, and it is considered an evil omen if a child fails, or does not wish to attend.

Amongst the lower branches and within the trunk are various schools of swordplay, which all children are supposed to attend. These teach the basics of swordmanship, as well as basic defense tactics based on agility. There are also a few schools of archery and bowcraft, but these are attened with less concentration, allowing their fewer students to recieve a more focused learning.

Westernesse has opened itself up only recently to Calenndor by starting to export it's weapons and fruits, and importing furre and human-made raw materials such as iron and cotton, which are found in less frequency in the huge forest. The capital itself has also opened itself to visitors, and now flourishes with the mixture of cultures living within it. The elves still mantain a majority however, and have made it publicly known that it shall remain thus.

Dotted around the realms are, as I mentioned, smaller cities which specialize in their own doings. These are still mostly untouched by the flood of new arrivals from the human and furre lands, and are known by the elves themselves as small, sleepy towns. Evendur to the west, situated on the banks of the ocean is known for it's spectacular boats, while Celeb, on the northeastern corner of the realm, on the banks of the Still Lake, where Slow and Swift unite, is known for its annual fishin competition, where the lake becomes dotted with countless little boats.

Westernesse is not really known for any military achievements, as it remains a peaceful nation, isolated from human and furre matters. Shielded by unforgiving lands like Thamrivol, it remains mostly untouched by worldly matters, and wishes to remain as such.
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