Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #234
August 23rd, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Feystone: The Last Source – Part 3
Location: Deep in Feystone Woods west of the City-State of Carasta
Population (approx.): 150-200
Brief: South of the Halls of Crafting (#233), along the curve of the path, an ancient tower rises above the settlement. The path dips under old stone docks, used when the pool was a much larger pond, and the brook was a creek. The priests, witches and seers were not the first to live here, the five-story stone structure is the remains of a long-lost nobles’ manor house. The top levels are now used for scrying, both visual and magical, by means of devices and water drawn from the pool below the Last Source. Below ground, the dungeons of the manor are used to imprison intruders and enemies of Feystone.
Treenik, 88, Fairy woman, is an Oracle at the Lost Source. She is diminutive, has beautiful green and yellow wings, and an otherworldly smile. Her compassionate nature helps her convey her premonitions to others. She wears robes that have lace and finery attached. Treenik loves to dance and is a pacifist who won't carry any weapons.
Treenik works in the Ancient Tower and has a small library that she uses for reference. Her visions usually come at night in her dreams. The rarer visions that occur during the day are compelling and portend doom for more than one person. Not everyone at the Lost Source is happy to have Treenik around. There have been petitions to have her leave the area. Treenik refuses to do so as she feels her power comes from the Source.
Treenik lives by herself in a small house that she created. It is in a tree, and she takes excellent care of the tree and land around it. Treenik's family died a few years ago during a supernatural windstorm that shook the Feywood. The whole house fell to the ground; she was the only one not inside. Several people have stopped believing in her visions since that happened, as they feel she should have been able to predict it. She still mourns them all today.
Geography: The Ancient Tower (location 6 see #232) is all that remains of small castle of a long-forgotten noble. The tower is 50 feet in diameter and rises 5 stories above the surrounding patio and docks. The entryway is on the second level, reached by an exterior staircase. Inside a central spiral stair connects all floors. The top-level features wide windows which are usually left open to the elements. That floor and the one below are used for divination and scrying. Below is the library and several studies.
The walls of an attached mansion once rose three-stories, was about 100-feet wide and perhaps 200-feet or more long. The portion next to the tower is relatively intact, with several usable chambers on the first and second floors, but the rest has crumbled and has been long since swallowed by the surrounding forest.