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Harlwystyr Ealthar's Tower - Home of a Meddler


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Harlwystyr Ealthar's Tower
Home of a Meddler



For a talented archmage, Harlwystyr's tower is amazingly nondescript. It has two floors and a flat roof with time-worn crenelations on the edge. Certainly one of the oldest structures in the quiet village of Crosswych, it dates back to the earliest settlers of the region. They were farmers and huntsmen who built this small stone tower to keep a lookout for hostile activity in the form of bandits or predators.

When Harlwystyr came to the area, it was falling apart, the mortar crumbling, and the top story had shorn away on one side during bad storm. Harlwystyr chose it for two reasons. One was the highly attractive price: None sought it as a home. The other was its strategic location in the region, off the beaten path, but still within walking distance to the Crosswych Inn, where any man or woman can get decent drink and hear a tale or two.

Harlwystyr wove certain patterns of magic into the reconstruction of the tower. Its walls and mortar are cobbled together by tiny, yet evident pieces of lead, which prevents certain creatures from seeing through them. Should any seek to teleport or otherwise use a recall spell into this solid cylinder of a tower, they'd be denied entrance, lest Harlwystyr speaks a command word to otherwise allow so.

Warded like any abode of a wizard, the tower is cloaked in transparent layers of defensive magic plastered to the walls. Harlwystyr holds no illusions that these measures guarantee his privacy or even his safety. For the greater part, he relies upon the awareness of those who know his reputation, and upon the sign at the foot of the path leading to his tower. It reads, "Any hostile intent will be received and duly considered and met. Have a pleasant day," in both Aldmeris and the common tongue.

The first floor is separated into a general study and workroom. It has a few small tables and a couple of dilapidated high-back chairs. The floor itself is somewhat of a mess; filled with stacks of paper, and some of which reach close to the ceiling, completely obscuring the furniture behind it. There is a small path leading from the kitchen to the chairs, and to the staircase.

Most of the paperwork found scattered across the tower is written by Harlwystyr, although many of them have been copied over by Theodore Lewynth, his scribe, into legible writing. Should any guest choose to pick up any such writings, it'd be fair to assume that out of a hundred papers, ninety-nine would be safe readings of descriptions of different provinces, creatures and cultures.

The remaining papers are far from safe to read. They could contain anything, from horribly placed mark & recall-spells, to malignant intelligences trapped in the parchment. For this very reason, Harlwystyr warns all would-be visitors to not poke around in the heaps of scrolls. Some things are better left undisturbed.

A worn and open archway leads to the kitchen. The larder is stocked with exceptionally plain fare, although there is a wide variety of spices, some are even from distant Morrowind. A single large cupboard on the side hold all of the common spell components that a mage would want, from soul stones to ink and parchment. The more unusual Harlwystyr keeps in a belt pouch. On a rather large shelf in cupboard rests a jar and several vials. The jar holds a score or so rocks, all of which have continual magelight cast upon them, some with half brightness variant. Most of the vials are simple potions of healing, although a few antidotes against this or that poison or disease are also commonplace.

The second floor is dedicated to sleeping quarters. Two beds dominate the room, although one is not fully appreciated as Harlwystyr's passions often direct him to wandering for long periods of time, and the other belonging to Theodore. One accessible, nut-hued wardrobe stands against the wall in which everyday clothing is kept. A spot on the floor next to the near-abandoned bed usually has papers or a pair of warm-looking slippers.

The rest of the room is filled with other old wardrobes and carefully placed trunks, frequently stacked one on the top of another. Several of these hold many strange objects, although very few of which that are magical. Some of the wardrobes boast fine clothing from Artaeum and the court of Daggerfall, although seem to not be in use. Another holds the fashioned plate mail suit of a knight of Daggerfall some two centures ago, and is clearly not fit for battle.

A single trapdoor leads in the ceiling leads to the roof. Usually under lock, a simple climb is enough to bring one a pleasant view. Harlwystyr has occasions been known to frequent this spot with a chair, watching the world go by - all whilst Theodore faces the daily struggle of battling the never-ceasing heaps of scrolls and mess.
This post was last modified: February 20th 2015, 03:10 AM by Harlwystyr
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I like the somewhat simplicity of his home. Nice read!


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Thanks Beor, that's what I was aiming for!
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I like this, and I love your passion. As you might have noticed I read your bio for Ealthar and liked that too. Anyways, few people, if any, would also choose to write a thread about their character's house, especially one written so well.


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