Hunding’s Oasis: pt 3, Interior Downstairs
Zells note: The house tour begins with Part 0: Prologue and continues in Part 1: Entryway, and Part 2: Courtyard. It continues in Part 4: Interior Upstairs and Part 5: Back Patio. I will now turn things over to Zellur’ra, your tour guide, except for the captions on the pictures.
You must be sun-dazzled and road-weary from your journey to Hunding’s Oasis. Come! Let us step into the cool shade of the house and enjoy its delights.
Zellur’ra heard your intake of breath when we entered; she had the same reaction when she first arrived and the altar was not even finished then. As you may have heard, our lady Nyx has the honor of being a member of the Ash’abah clan of Alik’r and travels there frequently. The sword on the altar was a gift from Throne Keeper Farvad, for her service in helping to drive the Withered Hand from Alik’r. It is not, of course, one of the three famous Ansei swords themselves – those remain in Alik’r, protecting the honored dead – but it is just as ancient, forged as a prototype model for the actual swords by the same smith. Of all the wonders in the Oasis, the Ansei sword is our lady Nyx’s most treasured possession.
Zells: The Ash’abah quest is my favorite in the game, mostly because of how much it meant to the character. Nyx writes home about the experience in this post.
Perhaps you would like to take a closer look at the trophies? Let us step forward…
As you can see, our guests often lounge here and catch up with friends when they come in from the road; it is a very popular place to unwind.
Zellur’ra knows you must be hungry after your long trip – let us move over the kitchen. Our chefs are extraordinary, and the food is fresh daily. And all at reasonable prices!
Many deals and negotiations have been made at our dining table. Should you wish to arrange a meeting with business companions while you are visiting the Oasis, just send word ahead and this one will make all the arrangements. It has been said that contracts signed here give good luck to all involved, and who is Zellur’ra to argue?
Before we move on, Zellur’ra must pause to point out this stone statue. It appears to be merely a large block of carved stone, yes? But it is the head from a tremendous stone atronach. Can you imagine battling such a monster?
If your travels require you to spend the night, we do have accommodations up the stairs. We cannot offer much in the way of privacy, but the beds are quite luxurious! Simply send word to Zellur’ra and she will hold a bed for you.
Should you find the dining table too formal and stuffy after your trip, step farther back into the kitchen and have a seat at the grill. Our chefs will entertain you with stories while they prepare your food.
Now that you have had a bite to eat, Zellur’ra is most anxious to show you the bar. Our selection of wines, liquors, and tonics is unparalleled! Merchants and traders from all corners of Tamriel have brought us exotic and delicious beverages, and because we buy direct, our prices are far lower than what you are used to. Ask for your favorite, or try something new!
Now please, step over here, stand close, this one has a secret to share. You remember, of course, that when we were outside you saw the exterior entrance to the Outlaw Refuge under the house? That cask in the corner does not hold wine, friend, it is the interior entrance to the Refuge. You see the seam at the edge? If you should see another guest you wish to avoid, simply slip into the cask and through the tunnel that leads to the caves below. Zellur’ra will never tell.
It is too early for the evening show yet, but you should stay until it begins, if you are not too tired from your journey. You may have heard rumors of our dancers; they are the finest, and some of them have performed for royalty. We are blessed to have such delights to offer, and Zellur’ra strongly encourages you to tip generously to ensure their return to the Oasis.
Please note that the stairs on the left lead to Nyx’s private chambers, and are, sadly, off limits to guests without an escort. The house guards are most… enthusiastic about protecting our lady’s privacy, so Zellur’ra recommends you do not give them cause to doubt the goodness of your intentions. However, our lady is currently away, and this one is pleased that your tour can include a view of the personal treasures our lady has stored in her rooms upstairs. Come!
Zells: Next week the tour will resume with the master bedroom, and hopefully I will also be able to finish the “back yard” of the house in the last post of the tour!