The sound of water echoed against the walls of the cavern, drawing those that passed into the heart of the cave. The entrance into this unknown cave shimmered with magic, almost as if its appearance was fickle, hiding from those it did not find worthy of the beauty within. The walls inside dripped with crystalline drops, seeming more like the jewel caves of the mountains and Underdark
than the simple caves found buried beneath the hills in the Fairy King's Wood
. As one walks deeper, the sound of the water becomes louder, drowning out all other senses with the musical babbling of a large marble fountain that rests in the center of the cave's largest chamber.
The flow of water from the fountain is perpetual, never stopping, even when droughts change the greenery of the forest to yellows and browns. It's water is clear and endless, showing the gems embedded in the fountain floor as if through a mirror. The stones at the base glow with a magical light, shifting through a rainbow of colors, pulsing like a heartbeat, slow and rhythmical. Sometimes the colors illuminate the fountain fully, allowing the runes etched into the walls surrounding the fountain to be seen.
Upon closer inspection, the runes on the walls are far beyond what any person can read. While the markings have the delicate motions of Sylvan
, the runes are of no known language, reaching into the far past of Isekai and the magical races that called the world home in the early days of the Elder
and Divine Races
. A trained eye may make note that the delicate etchings are possibly those of the Ancient Fey
, but no more information can be gained from the lines of runes.
As one stares at the walls, the fountain alights in blue, highlighting a series of runes etched deep into the marble of the fountain. These etchings are not as neatly defined, perhaps being carved by hand instead of the magic that so easily created the cavern and its walls. Those that cannot read the fey language of Sylvan
find themselves at a loss, but those that can read the delicate shapes know the words to be a warning from some long forgotten traveler.
The warning etched into the fountain is odd in its wording, often being ignored in favor of the curiosity of those that stumble upon the fountain. The water shimmers with magic, the cave hums with ancient spells cast deep into the stone. Many cannot resist the temptation of the gems or the water, often ignoring the warning in favor of their own greed.
Those with ill intentions will soon realize why the cave is fickle in its appearance. They will soon realize why warnings line three walls of the cavern. A single touch of the water with greed in mind brings the one with such intentions to a place of wonder and despair as the warning on the fountain said. The fountain will send you to the Feywild
, the world of Ancient Fey
so twisted and changed that many will never find their way out. Even so, the cave takes on the fickle and ever changing personality of the fey of old, its whims changing like the wind. Some may find the forbidden knowledge of the water of the fountain, but others still will find the knowledge of the Feywild
and how that land treats those without fey blood.
The Cave of the Ancient Fey can be found within the Fairy King's Wood
, although its exact location is unknown. Due to the fickle and ever changing nature of the magic that creates the cave, it tends to roam, only appearing sparingly and when the whim catches its fancy. This often causes those that stumble upon the cave to not understand what it is, but be drawn in by the magic of the place. Greed is often a factor in entering this forbidden place and attempting to take the forbidden knowledge that seems to be on offer.
The cave appears as a small, ornate entryway under a hill, often one that is lined with delicate flora. The doorway is marked by colorful marble and gemstones, something more akin to what can be found in the mountains and areas of the Dwarves
. Through a short hallway, the cavern with the fountain is fairly large, containing a fountain that is the size of a small pond. The walls of the cavern is sheer stone faces, magically etched with the words of the Ancient Fey