Hunding’s Oasis: Pt 5, Back Patio
Zells note – This will be the last post of the house tour for Hunding’s Oasis. This is an especially challenging area to screencap because I deliberately placed the pieces so not everything can be seen at the same time – I wanted to give the sense that there was always something cool right around the corner to pull people along. Also, I wanted to make good use of the huge space, so many the pieces are large, and often require a long shot to be seen properly. Really, the best way to see the area is to port in – if you’ve read this far, consider yourself invited, it’s my primary residence. 🙂
Thanks for everyone who has read and commented on this indulgent series of posts! (In game, I mean, but fyi, you are allowed to comment on the posts themselves. 🙂 ) I will now turn things over to your tour guide, Zellur’ra, except for the picture captions.
Welcome, friend, Zellur’ra was just enjoying the comfort of Meridia’s Light; many pause here to do so as they pass by. Now that you have seen the interior of the Oasis, this one will show you the back patio, and you will be free enjoy the entertainments there.
First we will head down to the beach – it is this one’s favorite place, and you can take a closer look at the statues here.
Our lady Nyx offered Zellur’ra a luxurious room in the house, but when she was a prisoner in Coldharbour she spent years in a stone room, unable to see the sky, and she does not now like to awaken in dark, enclosed spaces. She keeps a room in the base of the tower here, but requested a curtain over the entrance instead of a door so she never feels locked in.
Usually however, Zellur’ra sleeps in her tent here on the beach; she loves falling asleep under the stars, listening to the sound of the waves. This one often fishes when she is not busy with other duties, and provides much of the fish and seafood served in the Oasis kitchen.
As this one said previously, many of the staff and guards here at the Oasis were prisoners and slaves in Coldharbour. After the mighty battle was over, we did not wish to remain there, under that terrible sky, but many of us found we no longer had homes to which we could return.
We are grateful to our lady Nyx for providing us such a beautiful sanctuary to call home, but we are also grateful simply to be alive – there were many, many souls who did not survive the battle, and so many more who did not survive Coldharbour’s tortures long enough to know the battle would be fought, let alone won. To honor the fallen and in tribute to the survivors, Nyx erected a Coldharbour Memorial, and Zellur’ra is moved by the number of travelers who pause here in quiet reverence.
But enough about death and destruction, we are in a good place, a happy place, yes? Come, follow Zellur’ra up the stairs and see what we have for you. We are quite fortunate to have a talented troupe performing at the Oasis, though the performance does not begin until after dark.
Should you wish a quieter, more contemplative evening, you are most welcome to sit with friends by the fire and enjoy the excellent view of sea and beach.
Do take note of the stable as you pass by, and Nyx’s mount, Umbral. She is a most ferocious beast, and Zellur’ra must stress in the strongest possible terms that Umbral tolerates the touch of no one but her mistress. Should you attempt to pet her, or – Divines forbid – mount her, neither Zellur’ra nor the guards will be quick enough to prevent harm coming to you. This one is, however, delighted to report that the last guest who petted Umbral is doing quite well! He says learning to write with his left hand is not as difficult as he had imagined. We are all most pleased.
As you may know, our lady Nyx has close ties with the Fighter’s Guild, and the ear of the Guildmaster. The Oasis is considered neutral ground and Guild leaders sometimes conduct business here when individual halls are in conflict; there is much to sort out in the aftermath of recent events. If you are looking for a place to spar with friends or new acquaintances, you are welcome to do so here, though this one must mention again that violence against other guests elsewhere is strictly prohibited.
Zellur’ra has shown you all she can of the Oasis, and now she must go to prepare for the evening’s events. Please, make yourself at home, and remember us in your future travels – you are always welcome here!
Zells: Thank you all so much for playing along, it’s been a lot of fun putting this together. Also, I’ve grown fond of Zellur’ra; I’m expecting her to make more appearances. Happy hunting!