Wynn's Summit Settlement in Enos | World Anvil

Wynn's Summit

Ah! the verdant ivy of The Green, reaching o'r flower fields with shining, brilliant sheen. Long I've wished to Summit return and see its colors run, its bay on fire in brilliant hues of the setting sun.
  • Father Kantos
  • Nestled in the foothills of Estell in the northeastern section of the Grand Alliance of Fraisia, the small town of Wynn's Summit presents a striking view for a first-time visitor. A fifty-foot tall wall covered in ivy named The Green by the locals greets travelers who enter. The streets are kept clean from all but color, as most of the city's streets and buildings are dyed in brilliant shades of pastel colors. Vivid, deeper colors seem to soak into the many murals cut into the walls and stonework of the city, and the people here seem lively and jovial. Most of the city's population is transient, with under two-thousand permanent residents, but the city almost always hosts more than double that number due to its affluence in the dye and chalk trades.   The first settler to the area, Wynn of Cardassus considered his discovery of the veritable menagerie of flowers, roots, and grasses in this well-fortified valley to be the summit of his exploration, and dedicated the entire site to Deku, his god of hope. He was soon joined by others of his faith, and upon a clearing, they began to build a humble monastery that soon grew into a respectable temple. As word spread of this place, more people flocked to its enchanting embrace, and a town began to grow around the temple. As the first group of Dekenites began to hone their magical dyeweaving crafts in this blessed valley, a wandering druid set up within the ever-growing temple, further blessing the area with his abilities. This druid, known only by the locals as "The Wildsong," could harden stone by singing to it. His Circle of the Stone grew up in the area as well, defending the settlement by reinforcing the limestone walls as they were constructed, and beautifying the city with creeping, slick, benevolent ivy that never seemed to crack foundations. The circle still operates in the sandstone caves to this day, though little is known about The Wildsong's fate.   As the dye trade began to deal in magics and colors exclusive to the region, Wynn's Summit became an important trading hub for Estell. The church and the circle made sure, however, that the city never grew too large, as the destruction of the native habitat of the bloodroot, knotweed, madder, ochreroot, local snails, and other sources of dyes would render the whole area a ruin. The city was, for the longest time, headed by an Executive Council by name only, as they had ceded power to the Dekenites after seeing the transformative power of their religion. Since the incident, the Council has taken over the day-to-day operations of the town with some success.   An impressive fifty-foot tall wall surrounds most of the settlement, built of limestone that has been magically reinforced to be as hard as granite. Dreamer's Cant lines every square inch of the inside of the wall, covering it in a glorious array of murals and pictures evoking feelings of peace, harmony, and goodwill. The outside of the wall is covered entirely in a very slippery ivy, earning the whole construction the name "The Wet Green." Towers dot the wall, built of the same material, at regular intervals.   Most in the city either work the docks or work in trade, with the others tending the fields and other various infrastructure needed. The local limestone mines to the northeast have earned the closest gate the name of "Chalkgate," and the flowers and other plants that grow in the fields outside the town provide dyes for the magically reinforced chalk made in the town. Ink is made here as well in great quantities, and some colors of fabric can only be made using the plants native to the local area. These brilliant, chromatically-shifting hues can render cloth with a color-shifting property not found anywhere else, and the few Dekenite priests still remaining in the Temple of Hope guard its secrets fiercely.   The most famous building in the settlement by far was the Temple of Hope, a now-mostly-ruined temple to Deku. The city also boasts modest docks and an impressive merchant's district due to its geographic placement. Sewers run below the city and into the bay, filtered at their exit by a contraption assembled near the city's founding. Cobblestone streets butt against ivy-covered walls of houses, and there is solid construction throughout the city. People seem to take pride in how well-built things are here, and visitors usually take notice.   The buildings in the town are adorned with brilliantly-hued plasters, built from imported brick and local magically-reinforced limestone. 'Summitstone,' as it is known, is found everywhere in the construction of the city, and its ornate carvings and moss-and-ivy-covered edifices give the city a richness known far and wide. Imported fine, white sand is stained colors and fired into stained glass windows that adorn every building, washing the streets in color as the light cast from druid-crafted magical light beams through them. Statues, fountains, gardens, and other adornments litter the city with additional beauty, all rendered in spectacular shades of vibrant color. The sloping mountains of this section of Estell give way to a rolling-valley littered with multicolored plants of many hues. The Bay of Brilliance sits at the southeast of this valley, with a lake to the west of the town. Freshwater wells are common in the area, and the aquifer is so rich in nutrients that the entire valley seems greener than most.   Aside from the local plant life, the limestone mines in the area provide a rich source of income. The limestone itself is nothing out of the ordinary, but the Circle of the Stone's magics has blessed it with a hardness that just surpasses that of granite, and enchantment properties highly prized by wizards in the court of Arginwood across the narrow stretch of the Aquan Sea. Under their blessing and supervision, together with the remaining members of the local clergy, miners toil with special handtools to carve vast tunnels under the region, selling this Summitstone at great cost.