The Lost Village of Esfynor
Esfynor is a rumoured lost elven community in the northern reaches of the Jungles of Mijhail near the border of the Ruined Plateau of Thysduin. It is one of the few times that the elves established a settlement outside of their native territory before their civilization ended. The Lost Village of Esfynor is said to hold the remains of the Esfynor Ioria Portal, a lost technology that led to the demise of nearly all elves after the original malfunctioned and tore micro tears in reality and a vicious plagued poured through killing all it touched.
Rumours of this settlement have persisted for generations and explorers and adventurers have raced to discover it in the dense depths of the jungle for countless years. All for the chance at seeing elven artifacts and architecture first hand. The thought of having real access to these things is incredibly enticing for historians and adventurers as a settlement of Esfynor's reported size has never been found in the thousands of years since the elves were killed. The only ruins left, where the locations are known, are on the Ruined Plateau of Thysduin where remnants of the plague still creep. Making Thysduin the most dangerous place on the entire continent.
Not much is known about why this settlement was abandoned and overtaken by the jungle. It was, hypothetically, one of the closest populated elven settlements to the Thysduin borders. Historians find it odd that this sort of settlement would not have been used, and if it had been used in the initial exodus of the residents of Thysduin who were able to escape, why wouldn’t they head to Esfynor?
Lost to Time
Unknown to most, is that powerful magical wellsprings, like the ones the Ioria Portals were intentionally built on, are actually small tears in the fabric of reality. Where the chaotic energy of the Cacophony can leak through into the realm of Fyria in a slightly increased amount. These tears are small enough that more sinister things, like the elven plague, cannot squeeze through. But people who live in areas where these tears exist often report hearing strange noises, and even voices speaking in alien languages.
There are a few theories, that the village was located in a remote location too dangerous to travel to for most common elves. The village's remoteness possibly being due to the location requiring a particularly powerful magical wellspring, for use by the Ioria Portal, or the village was intentionally remote in case anything went wrong with the portal. As the jungles back then were less populated, so the risk may have been deemed reasonable. During the last few months of the elves, the main portal in Elys Lenora was not considered a danger, despite being located in the capital, because it was built inside a specially protected building on the grounds of The College of Magicks.
A second Ioria Portal is confirmed to exist in the Lost Village of Esfynor. This fact was established after the translations of the Esfynor Cypher, where the author details the requirements needed for the Ioria Portal before the founding of the village. And some small details of its construction after Esfynor was founded, though the journal seems to indicate that construction was stopped at some point for an unknown reason. It is not known how far along the portal got in its construction or if it is able to function.
The Esfynor Ioria Portal
The first Ioria Portal was the direct cause that lead to the destruction of the elven civilization thousands of years ago but at the time of its construction was not viewed as a threat to elven health. Because of this the Esfynor Ioria Portal was supposedly being built alongside the first or was being constructed shortly before the first's completion. This second portal was being used in order to test any differentials that location and material may cause. This portal is stated to have been built using the wood and vines of ancient Mijhail and drew energy from the jungles' innate magical wellsprings, much like those of Thysduin.
Important Discovers in the Jungle
There have been few things found of elven origin outside of Thysduin, this includes in the Jungles of Mijhail. But unlike other locales, the jungles have been the site of a few important discoveries that are potentially related to Esfynor.
The Esfynor CypherA fifty-page journal, of unknown authorship, was found partially entangled within the roots of a large jungle tree about a kilometre away from the northeastern bend of the Murky River. Inside were pages of coded messages, that were theorized to be elven in nature, judging by the journal's wooden cover seemingly being sourced from wood not common to Mihjail.
The journal was studied extensively, but without any clues to the origins of the language inside, was left untranslated for over three decades. After thirty years, a young and adventurous historian and archaeologist named Doctor Rowan Roux, would pick up the journal and begin her own research on it. Eventually finding an actual cipher, carved into the face of buried stones in the north of the jungles, near the border of Thysduin. These stones, whose carvings are of unknown origins, would help Dr. Roux partially translate the journal.
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The Elven Rooted OverlookA small platform that hangs off the side of an ancient tree in the Jungles of Mijhail. Originally thought to have been a strange deformation of the tree, Dr. Roux discovered that it was instead an intentional construction by the elves that eventually settled the Lost Village of Esfynor.
The overlook is constructed of tightly woven, and ossified, roots and vines of the tree it is attached to. It is thought that the elves constructed it using magic that allowed them to pull material from the tree and jungle itself. Weaving the overlook to allow them to climb the tree easily, and look out above the jungles canopy. In the thousands of years since its initial construction, the overlook has been nearly fully enveloped by the tree, with only a small remnant of the vine ladder and about a foot and a half worth of the platform remaining.
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A lost elven village called Esfynor is said to exist somewhere hidden in the deep recesses of the northern Jungles of Mijhail. It is the only known semi-permanent settlement established outside of Thysduin by the ancient elves around the time of the elves' demise due to the original Ioria Portal. It is rumoured to be the location of a secondary Ioria Portal, a device of potential apocalyptic consequence. Doctor Rowan Roux, using a translated copy of the Esfynor Cypher has been searching for the village for her entire professional career.
Doctor Rowan Roux is a historian and archaeologist that specializes in the Elves of Thysduin and their relation to the Jungles of Mijhail. She has spent the last twenty-five years investigating the Lost Village of Esfynor and has staged multiple excursions in her time trying to discover the secrets of the village. She discovered the Elven Rooted Outlook and with the help of several others was able to partially decode the Esfynor Cypher.
Doctor Rowan Roux
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