Ruins refurbished into rugged training grounds for rifthounds in Anvil.
HistoryThe ruins of Fort Endié were once the sturdy walls of a notorious prison in the desolate sands and sweltering heat of the Nurbotu desert in Anvil. Established in the Second Age, Fort Endié served as a military training ground and prison holding during the reign of The Severin Dynasty. The fort fell into disrepair at the beginning of the Third Age when all but one lone prisoner was being kept there. The military were migrated closer to the coast for training in larger establishments which made it easier for fast deployments on raids overseas. No longer needed, it soon became abandoned as the creeping sands of the Nurbotu desert swept through its halls and eroded away at its walls.
New life to old wallsThe fort has now been reclaimed by the Nurbotu Scarfolk as a place to breed and train their tamed rifthounds. The iron bars of the jail cells are in good shape thanks to the hot, dry climate, and the rooms that once held notorious prisoners have have been re-purposed to comfortably house the rifthounds and their sturdy chew-toys. The training yards have been refitted with obstacle courses and straw mannequins for both trainers and their hounds alike to learn commands, behaviours, and manoeuvres ready for their nightly patrols and new-found life as ultra guard dogs. Folks who complete their training here under guidance of The Alpha can serve as members of the Riftguard, or even progress into the elite ranks of The Nurbotu Guardians.
The living quarters are now home to a small crew of beast tamers, hunters, and cooks (who need to provide hearty meals for the staff, and triple quantities for the rifthounds). The location of Fort Endié makes it ideal as it does not intrude upon the local space or hunting grounds of the Nurbotu scarfolk, and the deafening howling of the rifthound pups in the night does not disturb the locals from this far away. The fort has access to a deep well which provides for its inhabitants, but crops and vegetables must be brought in by trade caravans due to the rocky, arid landscape.
Rifthounds (WIP) by TJ Trewin
Military Formation | May 27, 2021
Guards of the Nurbotu Scar in Anvil famous for their tamed rifthounds.