Hunding’s Oasis: pt 4, Interior Upstairs
Zells note: The house tour begins with Part 0: Prologue, and continues in Part 1: Entryway, Part 2: Courtyard, Part 3: Interior Downstairs, and Part 5: Back Patio. I will now turn things over to your tour guide, Zellur’ra, except for the picture captions.
Although guests are never allowed upstairs without an escort, you are most fortunate to have come at a time when our lady Nyx is away from the Oasis, which means this one is able to show you the master suite. Follow me upstairs and we’ll explore.
Welcome to Nyx’s sitting room. It is one of her favorite places to work and relax when she is at home – it is her office, library, study, and parlor. She takes private business meetings here, as well as socializing with close friends.
Our lady Nyx is deeply loyal to the Empire, despite its current turmoil. She moved the Imperial banner around the room several times, and finally decided to hang it behind her desk so it would be in view to those doing business with her. Nyx can be discreet and even sneaky, but one never doubts where her loyalties lie.
And, finally, we arrive at the master bedroom. It is, perhaps, a bit… grandiose for this one, but Nyx quite loves it.
There is a lovely view into the downstairs from here as well:
Lastly, please follow Zellur’ra through the door to the bedroom balcony…
Yes, just so. The evening air is pleasing, is it not? It is, however, the view this one brought you to see. Our lady is a devout follower of the Divines, as all good Imperials are, and she has fought mightily to protect Nirn from the evils of the Daedric Princes. But not all Daedra wish to see our world destroyed, and allies are a welcome thing against the Darkness. Nyx has a… special relationship with three of the Princes, and although she is quiet about it, she honors them here.
The first of the three honored here is Meridia, Lady of Light, Guardian of the Hollow City – it is one of her Lights that floats above the pool on the left. Zellur’ra is… not ready to share her story, but she was a captive in Coldharbour for many years, until Nyx came and freed her. This is true for many of the Oasis staff and guards. It is only by Meridia’s grace that any of us were able to reclaim our souls from Molag Bal. This one cannot abide daedra, but she is most humbly grateful to Meridia.
On the right – can you see it in the dark? – there is an unmarked statue honoring Nocturnal, Lady of Shadows, Mistress of Luck. When this one showed you the Refuge entrances earlier, you knew what she meant, so you must also know who Nocturnal is and what she means to those who work in the shadows. Nyx does not speak of Nocturnal, as most do not, but she has always carried a pair of dice in her pocket, to honor the Daedric Prince and bring luck. Many who come to the Oasis quietly leave offerings for the goddess at the edge of the sea until the tide claims them.
And in between the Light and the Shadows, there is, of course, Azura: Lady of Twilight, Goddess of the In-Betweens. Nyx once told Zellur’ra that although she did not set out to align herself with the goddess, she has spent her life travelling place to place, court to court, and belonging to none of them – in truth, Nyx herself is an In-Between, and she was aligned with the Twilight almost as soon as she was born.
Zellur’ra will leave you here a moment, to contemplate the three Princes and offer any prayers you wish. When you are ready, meet this one down by the pool, and we will conclude the tour with the back patio.