|Ruler||Council of Hill Elders|
|Exports||Paintings, statues, wine, wood carvings|
Evereska (sometimes known as LastHome) is an elf stronghold in North Faerûn that was founded in -8600 DR. It is a valley encircled with twelve hills collectively known as the Shaeradim, which was sculpted into a large terraced garden, and inhabited by moon and sun elves. The houses were worked into the landscape and it was possible to float large items in the city. Blueleaf trees covered the valley and were sculpted by magic. Weather conditions and diseases were regulated by a magical mythal. Some elves spent their time in deep caverns to create new spells.
Evereska is ruled by the Hill Elders, presided upon by the High Elder Duirsar
Hill Elders Edit
Because the hills around Evereska contain little in the way of ores, they are imported into the city, in exchange for paintings, sculptures, crafted wooden items and wine.
The warriors defending the city were equipped with enchanted armor that allowed them to fly. A standard Evereskan patrol is usually 14 chain mail clad archers on foot accompanied by two mages and a Blade Singer. The Swords of Evereska are a knightly order of paladins, fighters and wizards.Template:Fact The Tomb Guards have sworn a solemn oath to track grave robbers and to never rest until the defilers have been slain. The Vale Guard are archers and medium infantry, and form the heaviest foot soldiers in the Evereskan army. They are swordsmen first and archers second.
Lord Duirsar controls a mist golem called Walker in the Mists (equal in powers to an iron golem, save that its body is "hard air," like a wall of force, not iron, and cannot rust), that he can use to defend his land.
Each watchtower around Evereska is staffed at all times with a guard lieutenant, who commands potent magical items and an enchantment that allows instant communication with other captains or the Lord of Evereska at will as long as they remain within the vale. The full complement of a watchtower is 40 eladrin warriors and 20 eagles.
Evereska itself is situated on a large stone pedestal that rises around a thousand feet from the grassland below. This is encircled by the Vine Vale which is primarily agricultural land for vineyards and orchards. Outside of the vale are the Shaeradim: twelve hills that completely encircle Evereska so that it is not visible from the valley below. The valley inside of these hills and west of Evereska is the West Cwm.
The Blazevale is a broad, sand-scoured valley that separates the Sharaedim from the Greycloak Hills to the north. The Sharaedim Vale is a verdant alpine valley about 18 miles long by 4 miles wide. It is encircled by twelve virtually impassible mountains, save for the narrow cleft to the west leading to the Halfway Inn and two well hidden footpaths leading out to the northeast and southeast. The eladrin sculpted the entire valley into a terraced garden. The Upper Vale is covered with large, old trees, mostly spear spruce. The Copper Canyon is a high-walled ravine leading into the shadows of the High Shaeradim. It is a dead end for invading armies as the canyon winds its way to high cliff walls in the shadows of the highest mountain peaks. The Vine Vale is a vast staircase of lush vineyards and black soiled winter fields, descending toward Evereska's walls in a series of smokethorn tree and spiny soapleaf covered terraces. The West Cwm is a large high valley in the Shaeradim, the hills surrounding Evereska. In the south there is a large deep lake of very cold water, and to the east lies the Vine Vale, through the Sunset Gate. It was the site of the Battle of the Cwm between the daemonfey army and the defending eladrin of Evereska and Evermeet.
The Hidden Path is a cavernous path guarded by a hundred eladrin archers watching from hidden galleries high above at its entrance, the Secret Gate. The path rounds a curve then arches over a smoky-bottomed abyss on a marble bridge. On the far side of the bridge is a cramped vestibule sealed by a thin sheet of muscovite mica. A moon elf in the silver-gilded plate mail of a Vale Guard holds this position at all times.
The Meadow Wall and Gilded Gate are down the Vine Vale terraces via a series of gentle switchbacks. There is a path from the Secret Gate that connects to a narrow lane that skirts the edge of the walled pasturelands that surround Evereska. As parties approach the boundary, they must speak a word of passing. A large gilded gate will swing open, admitting the visitors into a rolling meadow dotted with boulders and bigcone firs. Like many of Evereska's defenses, the gate's purpose is not obvious. While it was not magical, it marks the perimeter of the city's most priceless treasure and best-kept secret, the mythal.
Mountains and hillsEdit
East Peak is the highest mountain in the Sharaedim. It is the site of a tall granite watch tower and signal fire and is also the home of the Desert Border Garrison that patrols the outer edges of the Anauroch.
The Three Sisters are the three major peaks upon which the city of Evereska is built. Their walls have been carved and polished into 1000ft cliffs atop which the city rests.
Cloudcrown Hill is the place where the palaces of Lord Duirsar and the great nobles sit scattered amongst the trees that continue to the base of this high peak.
Moondark Hill is located on the eastern fringes of the city at the base of one of the largest peaks of the Shaeradim. Eastpeak's shadow cloaks the low knoll in darkness for much of the night when the moon is full, giving rise to the hill's name. The Great Archer's faithful gather to worship their god when the full moon rises above the top of Eastpeak and its light washes over the hilltop like a wave of silver.
Goldmorn Knoll is located well into the interior of Evereska. It is not as high as the Three Sisters nor as large, but it is home to a sizable grove of rare sycamore treants that left Cormyr during the Time of Troubles and sought refuge in Evereska.
The Rocs Nest is a high, rocky outcrop and natural citadel that has housed eladrin garrisons for nearly a thousand years since the Crown Wars. The Tower of Dreams is a slender crystal spire wreathed in mist and clouds in the mountains. It overlooks the Shining Falls, a waterfall that plummets down a sheer cliff rising at least 1,400 feet.
Numerous watchtowers and small citadels have been constructed in the mountains around the vale; these form the bases for the patrols of moon elves on giant eagles that guard the skies. These patrols are typically five to eight elves, usually fighters, mages. Each watchtower is staffed at all times with a guard lieutenant; this is usually a fighter/mage who commands potent magical items and an enchantment that allows instant communication with other captains or the Lord of Evereska at will as long as they remain within the vale. Citadels hold two or three lieutenants as well as a priest of Corellon Larethian. The full complement of a watchtower is forty elven warriors and twenty eagles. A citadel holds a hundred elves and sixty eagles, as well as occasional visitors from Evereska proper, Sha-Quessir, and Harpers.
Throughout the areas around Evereska are small villages or isolated towers; the former are the home of a few scattered bands of sylvan elves, the latter are mage towers. While both groups value their isolation, they are fiercely protective of the vale and loyal to Erlan Duirsar and will fight in the Vale's defense as need be.
The Halfway Inn is located in the nearby mountains and was constructed for the very purpose of trading with the other races. The Unicorn and Crescent is an inn that welcomes Harpers, the Heralds, and the Chosen of Mystra on the rare occasions when such visitors are in the city.
The Evereskan Colleges are a training academies of the highest standards. The training they provide is one of the reasons that Evereska is so well defended. Harpers are the only N'Tel'Quess who can normally get training at arms or magic in Evereska, although the occasional half-elf, if of sufficiently exalted parentage on the elven side, might be taught.
Fountainheart of Shimmering Gold is Hanali's temple built on the Bellcrest, the highest of the Three Sisters. This is the place where the mythal was cast. Cloudtop Tower is the second highest spire within the city built from white marble and made to resemble a stand of blueleaf trees. It is home to the High Magi of the Cloudtop Circle, advisers to the Council of Hill Elders and commanders of the Spell Guard. Cloud Crown Palace is the finest example of Evereska's naturist architecture. The palace resembles a stand of bluetops packed so closely together that the huge boles have grown into each other. The Tower Higher than East Peak is a 1500ft watch tower often shrouded in cloud that gives the best view of the city and the surrounding vale.
The Hall of the High Hunt is a temple built into the steep western slope of Moondark Hill, a great open air pavilion encircled by a tightly packed colonnade of ancient shadowtops. Star Meadow Hall is a tall white marble tower in the midst of the Star Meadow, and is home of the Nihmedu family. Bellcrest Spire is a white marble tower resembling a giant shadowtop tree, home to the high mages of the Bellcrest Spire Magi Circle. Moon-Dark Towers is home of the Moon-dark High Magi Circle, a circle of giant shadowtop and blueleaf trees connected by skyways east of Solonor's temple, atop Moondark Hill.
Springs, lakes and pondsEdit
Singing Spring is a naturally beautiful spring filled with healing waters. The waters of the pool are highly valued for their legendary healing qualities. Any who bathes in the water will be healed of ailments, wounds, and even have lost limbs regenerated.
Surrounded by a granite bank, Dawnsglory Pond is a volcanic spring filled with warm mineral rich waters, where eladrin avail themselves of the morning light to bathe and play in the steaming waters.
The Vyshaan Barrows are west of East Peak and date back to the time of the Vyshann Empire. They comprise the barrows and burial crypts of the hated Vyshaan elves. Tomb Guards regularly patrol this region said to be plagued by baelnorns, banshees and other elven spirits that refuse to travel to Arvandor.
The Groaning Cave is a natural amphitheatre fronted by a white marble veranda and colonnade, situated atop a small hill surrounded on its lower slopes by a forest of blueleaf trees. Passages at the back of the cave lead to hidden chambers beneath the Three Sisters and eventually out of the vale. These paths are known to only a very few and the secret of their existence is kept upon pain of utter annihilation by the city's High Magi.
The Hanging Gardens of Aerdrie Faenya are a series of floating beds of vine lotuses, cloud roses, sky blooms and night jasmine that fill the air with sweet fragrances whilst musty-smelling roots dangle beneath in the mucky water of a kneedeep nourishment pond. Surrounding the overhead gardens is a thick hedge of duskblossom.
- Tower of Dreams: One of the most interesting and least talked about features of the vale is the Tower of Dreams. This impossibly slender crystal spire, is wreathed in mist and clouds, and rises in the mountains at the northernmost end of the vale. It overlooks the Shinning Falls, a waterfall that plummets down a sheer cliff rising at least 1,400 feet. The waters plunge into a large lake that narrows into the Singing Waters rive. No entrance or windows are visible in the structure, though at night strange lights glow within, and occasional music of indescribable beauty often carry for miles through the mountains around it. Who built the tower is a matter much speculation, but persistent rumors suggest that it is the abode of Corellon Larethian himself, built not long after the Sundering of the Drow, when Evereska was but a remote outpost. Those few elves that have journeyed to Arvandor on the outer plane of Arborea say it bears more than a passing resemblance to Corellon’s abode there. Whatever the case, all Evereskan elves consider the waterfall and the tower sacrosanct and never attempt to climb or enter it. The waters of the pool, however, are highly valued for their legendary healing qualities. Any who merely bathes in the water during full moon will be healed of ailments, wounds, and even have lost limbs regenerated.
In Hammer, 1372 DR, Evereska was attacked by freed phaerimms from Anauroch, damaging the mythal and causing further destruction. The Evereskans were able to repel the attack using magic, and a few phaerimm and elves who lost their wits in the battle still wander the Evereskan valley. Almost all of the Tomb Guard were destroyed, along with many of the Vale Guard and more than half of the Swords of Evereska.
Present Day Edit
The damage to the mythal has caused it to cloak Evereska in mist or fine rain and create unpredictable magical effects, and the gardens are not tended so they have become overgrown. A lot of the bridges in the valley are now broken. The phaerimm and elves still occasionally clash. Houses are guarded by helmed horrors and shield guardians.
The survivors of the battle with the phaerimm were all younger eladrin, and they now protect their existence violently if they encounter a threat. They regard looters as deserving of death. Some elves now travel from other parts of Faerûn to join the remaining Evereskan elves, and some remove the remaining treasures of Evereska, moving them to safer locations.
464 DR Year of the True Names: While wandering across Anauroch, Arun's Son saves a trio of Evereskan eladrin from a phaerimm ambush nearly at the cost of his life. Retrieved from death by Mystra, he becomes her Chosen, as “he whom magic, duty, and honor defines”. As the Nameless Chosen, he becomes the first human ever to stay among Evereska's glades.
1335 DR The Year of the Snow Winds: The Evereska Charter claims the Greycloak Hills for the eladrin.
1371 DR Year of the Unstrung Harp: The Sharn Wall is breached. The phaerimms and their thralls begin the siege of Evereska .
1372 DR Year of the Wild Magic: The Shadovar return to Faerûn. They create the shadowshell and lay it over the phaerimms surrounding Evereska and battle them. Several months later, with the assistance of human allies, the shadowshell falls, Evereska's mythal is reestablished, and the phaerimms are driven out of the city.
Notable Evereskans Edit
Notable Evereskan organizations Edit
Fellowship of the Forgotten Flower: This elven knightly order is a loosely structured organization dedicated to the recovery of lost elven relics from long-abandoned elven realms.
Knaves of the Missing Page: This fellowship of elven spell-thieves is based in Evereska , but is active throughout Faerûn. Their numbers are comprised mostly of rogue-arcanists who follow Erevan. Knaves specialize in the recovery of elven magical artifacts, spell scrolls, and spell-tomes that have been acquired by other races, particularly humans.
Cloudtop Magi Circle:
High mages of the Bellcrest Spire:
The Kaliesh'erai: Based in the elven city of Evereska, the Kaliesh'erai is a loose association of eladrin who have a measure of psionic ability. Because many of them have been honing their mental powers for centuries, the Hall of the Kaliesh'erai is one of the greatest stores of psionic knowledge in all of Faerûn, and it is almost certainly the greatest center of such lore beyond the reach of the mind flayers. Many members of the Kaliesh'erai spend their time in serene contemplation of their gifts, but a faction within the group has become fascinated with psionic items. As a result, the members of the Kaliesh'erai are so keen to acquire more such items that they'll happily buy, sell, or trade them with any visitors to Evereska. A sub-basement in the hall of the Kaliesh'erai contains many laboratories and vaults that hold psionic items ranging from simple power stones to great psicrowns and crystal capacitors. Some say it also holds prison cells where the Kaliesh'erai keep monsters with psionic powers for study.
Campaign Hooks: You can adapt any of the following hooks to draw the characters into contact with the Kaliesh'erai.
- Eladrin and half-eladrin characters with psionic classes might have been trained by the Kaliesh'erai.
- PCs who come across a psionic item they can't use might seek a buyer for it in Evereska.
The Chaperones of the Moonlight Tryst: A fellowship of romantically inclined rogues and rangers who discretely safeguard young elven lovers from those who would take advantage of their distraction and/or innocence. Members of this merry band are also called on occasionally to facilitate secret meetings between lovers of rival houses or to aid them in eloping against their family's wishes. Chaperones of the Moonlight Tryst usually work closely with the priests of the local temple of Hanali, as those who serve Lady Goldheart often receive the confidences of those struck by the arrows of the Archer of Love.
The Knights of the Seven Sacred Mysteries: Are well known for their service in defense of elven homelands from N'Tel'Quess invaders as well as their ongoing efforts to retrieve tomes of long-lost elvish lore and items of elven artistry from the ruins of fallen realms. The order is composed of elves and a few half-elves, most of whom are of moon elven or gold elven ancestry, and it includes many crusaders, as well as a handful of clerics, fighters, and rangers, in its ranks. The order's entrance requirements are kept secret from nonmembers, but it is generally known that there are seven tiers in the order's hierarchy and that it can take a century or more of faithful service to Sehanine before the next mystery is revealed. Knights of the First Mystery are the lowest ranking members of the order, while Knights of the Seventh Mystery are some of the most powerful agents of Sehanine in the Realms. No half-elf has ever risen higher than the rank of Knight of the Fourth Mystery, but it is not known if that fact indicates the difficulty of ascending the order's rarefied ranks and the small representation of half elves in the order or if it is a manifestation of a bias against those who have some degree of N'Tel'Quess ancestry.
Evereska , the Shaeradim (the mountain range surrounding Evereska ), and the Greycloaks Hills are ruled by the Hill Council. The Council is composed of twelve Hill Elders and the Watcher Over the Hills, Lord Ulan Duirsar, leader of the Hill Council.
Evereska serves as the strongest elven community on the mainland. Here moon and sun elves dwell in harmony. While personal rivalries and feuds arise in plenty, no widespread antipathies threaten the city’s peace.
Evereska is also a permanent home for those unwilling or unable to make the journey to Evermeet. Until the phaerimm siege, Evereska was the home to a large number of powerful elven families and elders, surpassed only by the island of Evermeet. The remaining ancient noble families live in grand palatial estates. The cold, sneering pride of these elven families is the greatest weakness of Evereska, and the prime reason most non-elves wouldn’t want to enter the vale. The haughtiest of the elves even look down on elves of their own race whose lineage’s aren’t as exalted as their own. Their contempt for elves of other races is usually open, and their abhorrence of N’Tel’Quess loud and ostentatious. Some haughty elves have gone so far as to move their estates as far away as possible from places most often visited by humans.
The majority of the inhabitants aren’t the few remaining elder families, but the youngest and least powerful elves, their elders having spent their own lives in protecting their heirs. Many are still in shock over the recent events and wander the valley, with their wits wounded and dazed. Others have become angry, viewing all strangers as looters and thieves that deserve nothing but swift death.
Elves from other lands now head for Evereska to join the remaining elves there. A few of these think to remove what things of beauty and value still remain in the valley and return to safer retreats; most plan to stay and rebuild Evereska’s greatness. Everska has been sorely wounded, but it may return to something approaching its former glory.
Temples to all elven deities rise within its walls.
Evereska is a cultured city of gardens, music, and elven artisans. Evereskans devote themselves to becoming individuals of learning, craft, and deep reason. Many Evereskans have never left the valley, or desire to, since they love to dedicate their time to creating beautiful paintings, sculptures, or mastering music. The most heavily traveled paths are used by artisans, who live and work closely together, sharing the use of a public park rather than enjoying their own private grounds. The goods produced are sold along the pathways to any elves that can afford it. If an item is large, it is floated through the city by magic, not on wagons.
Exports and Imports: Elves of Evereska need little from the outside world. Most of what they want comes under the heading of pursuing hobbies, from collecting coins or weapons from places as far afield as Zakhara; breeding experiments; to collecting magic. In exchange for items or equipment needed for the pursuit of their hobbies, they usually sell baubles: the tinkling blown glass and metal wind sculptures that hang in trees making soft music in the breezes from one end of the vale to the other; tiny ornamented, sapphire-adorned silver-bladed daggers that are much favored as hidden defenders among noble ladies all over Faerûn; vintages considered too poor for Everskan tables; small poems set down in exquisite calligraphy on slabs of ivory or the like in delicate hanging frames; practice or rejected works of art such as paintings, statuettes, and carved boxes. The Halfway Inn in the nearby mountains is constructed for the very purpose of trading with the N’Tel’Quess world.
Among elves, Everska is the place on Faerûn where the most powerful elven healers and clergy dwell, surpassed in might only by those of Evermeet. Harpers, Heralds, the Chosen of Mystra, and human worshipers of the Solonar Thelandira are the humans normally allowed to benefit from the elven healing available here.
The relatively large population of magic users in Evereska had led to some impressive forays into the nature of magic and it’s place in the physical universe. In addition to making magical constructs and enchanted items of Evereskan make that much more potent, this research has led elven mages to an unsurpassed understanding of planar travel and the structure of the Multiverse.
Almost none but the elves were allowed into the city.
The Evereska Charter: The Evereska Charter is more of a unilateral declaration of the moon elves of that nation than a true agreement between nations. The elves declared in 1335 DR that moon elves were claiming the old Tomb Hills (now the Greycloak Hills) for both settlement and to suppress the large number of elven-related undead that were plaguing the region. Evereska agreed in principle in this document that elven undead were the responsibility of the living elves, and that banshees should be put to rest by elves throughout the Heartlands and the North. This token offer of aid (and the fact that no one was about to stop them) allowed the first moon elf caravans to move in. The Charter states that any tomb robbers found within the borders of the Greycloak Hills will be tried by elven judgment. Since the definition of tomb robbing is left to elves, all but the most resilient (and cocky) human raiders have attempted to challenge that claim. Travelers near the Hills sometimes describe rusted iron cages with human skeletons within, giving an idea of elven judgment.