Senaliesse

Images1
In the center of the Feywild’s primeval forest grows a massive stand of ancient silver trees. The forest at the base of these trees seems completely undisturbed. A glance upward reveals nothing but the shining columns of the trunks rising into mist. No sound can be heard but the rustle of leaves and the chitter of wildlife. This silver grove is Senaliesse, the home of Queen Tiandra.

Guests of the Summer Queen wait patiently here until eladrin rangers appear from the green shadows. Once the all-clear is given, a rope elevator descends from the mists above. Visitors then endure a breathtaking—and terrifying—ride on the open elevator platform up to high into the treetops. Long after they’ve completely lost sight of the ground, guests breach the canopy and arrive in the rambling palace of Tiandra, the Summer Queen. The palace sprawls out through the tops of countless gigantic oaks and yews. Tree limbs wide enough for several humans to walk comfortably abreast span the space between the silver trees. Visitors use these main avenues, although a web of thin rope walkways also connects branches high and low. The thought of a fatal fall from such treacherous footholds is too daunting for most.

Senaliesse lacks the signature crystal stone of all other eladrin cities. It is composed completely of living wood coaxed by Lord Oran to form walls, archways, and roadways high in the fey tree branches. The centerpiece of the palace is Tiandra’s Chamber, a soaring proscenium of twisting green leaves overhanging a throne made of green summer branches and bounteous cascades of flowering scented vines. If Queen Tiandra is inclined to receive audience, hundreds of creatures can mingle comfortably in the room within. The sheer size of this proscenium is why Senaliesse has become the prime location for the irregular meetings of the Court of Stars. The Court meets here so often now that even on days when no archfey lords are present, scores of courtiers and ambassadors can be found here negotiating, gossiping, and scheming under the arch.

Guest houses in the high branches of the nearby trees are home to an eclectic mix of archfey, eladrin nobles, and ambassadors of other fey races. Queen Tiandra is the sole controlling authority, and she does not dabble with civic detail. Representatives from various eladrin houses rule the immediate area of their embassy residences.

One should not think that Tiandra’s home is a town or city as mortals understand it, however. Creatures of immortal power gather to confer in this place. Although a few basic guest services have been set up for those summoned to Senaliesse at Tiandra’s will, it is not meant to be a place where ordinary eladrin may dwell for any length of time.

Senaliesse

Brave & Foolhardy grendlesparks