Geographical Location: Hidden in the Diaur Thalor in the north section of the Ramsalon Forest on the Northern Peninsula.
Climate: Winters are very harsh and brings large volumes of snow and ice along with the freezing temperatures. Spring and Summer seem to blend together as the area doesn’t get too sweltering, though floods can be a problem after a very heavy snow filled winter. There is a short Autumn season where the area gets cool and tends to be a bit stormy compared to the other seasons.
Governance: Ramsalon Wood Clan
Population size: In the thousands
Major Events: The Black Knights, Darkest Night
Nearby Settlements: Elven Outpost Ramsalon Andular Magrethiak
The main way to reach Enyn Serin is by the Crossway, which is a bridge that connects the city and the Elven Outpost. Here non clan members are scanned before allowed crossing. It is also possible to reach the city by searching for it in the forest or from the sky, however those routes are a bit more treacherous thanks to the creatures that dwell in the forest.
Enyn Serin has a bit of a unique to it as the older parts of the city is made up out of the materials that were the former homes of the founding families of the clan. When they had left the Rose Clan they had dismantled their homes to rebuild them where they would settle. This gives a lot of the older buildings a variation of colors, especially reds and greens, and similar to buildings of the Rose Clan design. Parts of the city that had been built since the founding make use of fallen trees from within the forest giving those buildings more golden colors, and the construction has changed slightly, more accommodating for the climate in the area.
The city was first constructed a couple years before Kane founded Ramsalon.
Having nowhere to take their people after the Lasaurus family lead those that would follow them to the Ramsalon Forest where they had found some intriguing ruins. At first it was to be a temporary settlement as their newfound clan got their bearings, but they came to love the area and starting scouting for a place to set up permanent residence. It was then they came across a grove of ancient and huge trees, calling it the Diaur Thalor. At first they started building their homes around the trees, however they suffered many setbacks from attacks from forest creatures attracted by the food and their first winter. The clan started to reconsider the location, one family that had rebuilt their home higher up in the trees suggested the others try the same. Some were skeptical, but many tried it. And it worked out. Since then the city has continued to be built up in the trees.
The Black Knights
In 2849 The Black Knights came to the forest and started recklessly digging up some of the ruins and taking up the resources. The clan tried to negotiate with the Knights, however no agreement could be reached so the clan and the Knights went to war. The Black Knights pushed the clan back to Enyn Serin, and laid siege to the city. All seemed lost, especially when a stalker prime appeared, however the Thalus brothers had found a couple of artifact swords. Believing them a gift from their god, the brothers helped turn the tide of the battle, defeating the Knights and saved the city though at a great cost.
Then six months before the Darkest Night the Black Knights returned, lead by Gregory. They pushed to Enyn Serin after defeating the clan at the battle at what is now E’m Dorei. The Black Knights burned much of the city, closed off any escape to Frost Leaf and seemed to be on the verge of destroying the clan. Though heroes from the city of Ramsalon came to the aide of the clan and saved what remained of the city, once again defeating the Black Knights.
The Darkest Night (2999)
The city was being rebuilding the destruction left by the Black Knights, though Ramsalon had gotten a lot of attention and some of their enemies had banded together to push against the Vaxian Empire Still recovering from the Black Knight’s assault the Wood Clan began increasing their magical protections around their city. The city was safe, but the damage and destruction being done by Whirler’s Automatons could not be ignored, and the Wood Clan joined forces with the Vaxian Empire.
Trial of the Ramsalon Wood Clan (3014-3016)
In 3013 Shi Inkahan declared war against the Vaxian Empire in order to make them pay for various atrocities the Vaxia Empire has done to their people, resulting in the Naga Nori War The Elven Alliance was warned of the incoming invasion and stayed out of it as it was a conflict between those two empires. However there was great concern as the Wood Clan had worked closely with the Vaxian Empire and it was unknown if any of the leadership of the clan was aware or willing participated in those atrocities.
Thus the Elven Alliance Council declared Enyn Serin under martial law and locked it down to investigate the leaders of the Ramsalon Wood Clan. Trade was heavily regulated by the Elven Alliance, and hardly anyone could leave or come to the city. The trial concluded in the summer of 3016 with the removal of all the previous court and a new one was elected. The lockdown of the city was lifted.
Layout and Navigation
There are two levels to the city, the top level which is mostly housing built high up in the huge and ancient trees, and the bottom level which is on the ground level of the forest. There are a few mechanical and magical lifts that allow travel between the two levels, as well as a ramp down in four areas of the city.
Aqueducts strategically frame the layout of the ground level and are built up to handle the plumbing and sewer needs of the city.
There are a couple of stables and inns. Most of the buildings on this level house artisans such as blacksmiths, tinkerers, alchemists, or others whom trade tools are not great to have up in a tree.
Next to the palace is the main military training barracks where all Wood Clan military and guards are trained and operate from.
Crossway Plaza is where the Crossway exits into the city and is in the southwest section on the ground level. It is a small plaza where guards stationed to watch the traffic from the bridge. In the north corner of the plaza are some lifts which will take people to the upper level. The east side of the plaza is where wagons can go to be inspected and then directed where to go. The plaza also has a few benches to rest or wait for expected visitors. The plaza is designed to be easily locked down and separated from the rest of city in times of crisis.
Crossway is a bridge built up across the forest that connects the Elven Outpost to Enyn Serin. It is mostly made out of enchanted stone and wood, to be quite studier and nearly unbreakable. The pillars that support the bridge are camouflaged to look like trees, and the bridge itself from underneath just looks like the tree canopy and has enchantments to further the illusion to keep it hidden. Any trees in the path of the bridge had been incorporated into its design. The bridge is wide enough to accommodate a moderate amount of traffic, and two wagons can fit side by side. There is a four-rope guard on each side that runs the length of the bridge. It is sometimes referred to as the Connector.
Gatewalk Courtyard houses the Gatewalk portal that connects Enyn Serin to Frost Leaf is located in the northeastern section of the ground level of the city. The courtyard is in the shape of a circle with the Gatewalk in its center. The layout is designed to allow foot traffic to proceed through a checkpoint before being able to continue though, and there are lanes on the outer area of the courtyard for wagons to sit for a full inspection. The courtyard is designed to be easily locked down and separated from the rest of the city in times of crisis.
Gatewalk is a simple gate almost appearing to be the shape of a G. It constantly has a blue mist around it. Runes mark the sides and the face of the gate, all down and along the bottom as well.
Many of the buildings in the city are high up in the trees. Housing tends to be closer to the center of the city, and there are quite a few businesses mixed among them.
The Treeway is the main path that winds around the upper level of the city. It is in a suspension style and is made out of wood and stone. Along the Treeway are many of the small houses that are built, as well as the social gathering places of the city.
The Palace is located in the very center of the city and is the largest building to be found within its walls. It is also known as the Silver Palace for the protection enchantments upon it makes it look silvery. The palace starts built on the ground level and rises up towards the upper level, however the smaller top part of the palace is located on a floating island just above the tree line.
The bottom half of the palace can be access from the entryways on the ground level and from the Treeway. In this part of the palace are rooms where visiting dignitaries stay. The largest room in this section is a cathedral area which is the main place for worshiping their god Elrund. The second largest room is the council room where various meetings are held. There is a balcony where the city can be addressed for formal announcements and to raise alarm in a crisis.
The top part can be accessed via a portal room in the bottom part of the palace, or by the bridge that winds up to connect to it. The floating island is large to support the part of the palace. There are a couple of trees and grassy patches on the surface. There are large tunnel entrances that can be seen on the underside of the floating island. Those are a network of tunnels where the hangers for flying ships can be found. The rooms in the palace part on the island are mostly for military purposes, where lookouts are position to keep a vigil watch, strategy rooms for coordination and planning. Some of the rooms hold aviaries for the various trained birds from messenger, companion to war and hunting. There are also store rooms to hold some of the clans more powerful weapons.