Menelost Telperion

The great silver tree at the heart of Telperion Meltarma died when Thaya sacrificed herself. The elves refocused their grief into rage. They rebuilt the ruined temple into a sky port for their flying warships. To this day, they wage war on the moon from Menelost Telperion.
— Instructor of Recruits
I'm glad the orcs and the elves are no longer blood enemies. They never hated us as much as they hate the moon-killers.
— Sgt. Kill Flayer

Telperion Meltarma

In ages past, Thaya and Rampol pledged their love under a great silver tree on the banks of the Kirinal River. That love bonded the tree to the heart of the goddess. The tree's leaves famously waxed and waned with the moon in the sky.

Under Telperion Meneltarma, the Silver Lady first beheld the Golden Warrior.
— Romance of Moon and Sun

The elves named that tree Telperion Meneltarma and grew a beautiful temple around it. For millennia moon worshippers made the pilgrimage to see the tree light up during the full moon.

Telperion Meneltarma died with Thaya on the Night of the Shattered Moon - Prologue to a New Age of The Shattered Moon. The temple collapsed into ruin with the death of the tree that served as its foundation.

The Silver Tree of Heaven

The Silver Tree.jpg
by Branden L

Sky Fortress of the Silver Tree

Dagor bo ceven sui vi menel. (We fight on earth as we do in heaven.)

— Elven War Song

Even in death, Telperion remains the heart of Thaya. It has become the center for elven vengeance.

The elven armies of the world first muster there before flying to war on the moon or making the much shorter trip through the Anomalous Forest to the garrison at Tol Acharn.

Purpose / Function

Temple of Love

Originally a temple complex built around and named for, the Silver Tree of Heaven. Every month on the full moon, the tree would glow with silver light, and pilgrims from all over the world traveled to see it. The beauty of Celeborn Meltarma was renowned throughout the world.

As the moon goddess' body was dragged to the moon, the tree also fell in sympathy, destroying the temple and surrounding buildings.

Fortress of Vengeance

With no time to mourn, the elves appeared at the fallen tree with an armada of ancient starships. They required wood from Thaya's heart tree to power the ships for their flights to the moon.

The buildings of the temple complex were converted into the elven war command and a sky port for their war machines.

Heart of Transportation

The fortress is the main elven station for skyships and also stands on the Inner Ring of the Kirinal Railway. The elves are personally loath to ride on the railroad, but are perfectly happy to pay for their supplies to be shipped.

Alterations

The former temple of worship for the moon goddess has become the instrument of vengeance for her death. The temple buildings have become headquarters and barracks. The temple grounds hold hangars and launch towers for elven sky ships and man o'wars.

Architecture

The elves grow their buildings from trees and plants. They accelarate and mold the growth through magic. The honored wood of Celeborn holds pride of place in the holiest structures and in the ships that fly to the moon.

Founding Date
-3500 BA (Celeborn Meltarma) -> 3040 FA (Menelost Celeborn)
Alternative Names
Silver Tree Station, Silver Tree Temple
Type
Transportation hub
Parent Location
Owning Organization
Characters in Location
Related Materials

Shattered Moon

Shattered Moon
Geographic Location | Jun 12, 2021

The elves patrol the dust of the broken moon seeking vengeance for the death of the Silver Lady.

Wood of Telperion

Wood of Telperion
Material | Jun 16, 2021

Elven airships fly to the moon. The wood of her sacred tree is drawn to the heart of the dead goddess.

Thaya, Goddess of the Moon

Thaya
Character | Jun 13, 2021

Thaya, dead goddess of the Shattered Moon.


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Cover image: by Branden L - Minecraft

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Grandmaster AzounIV
Luca Poddighe
6 Jul, 2020 20:05

Interesting article, I'd like to read something else of your world to understand better the dynamics. Are you planning to expand at all the section architecture?

Transform your quirks, in your strength! Join the revolution and visit Phaldorya (Eng)
6 Jul, 2020 21:38

Thank you. The links lead to finished and unfinished articles about the rest of the world. I may change the "grown" architecture bit. The Minecraft art doesn't match that aesthetic and he's working too hard on it for me to make him match words that can be easily changed.

Grandmaster AzounIV
Luca Poddighe
7 Jul, 2020 06:09

I see, he has done a really good job there (Krostatina explained me that was your son to do it)! It Is really good that he's feeling involved in his own way!

Transform your quirks, in your strength! Join the revolution and visit Phaldorya (Eng)
6 Jul, 2020 21:20

The transformation from temple to military base is unexpected but certainly interesting. When you say 'Celeborn remains the heart of Thaya's vengeance' I am a bit confused. Is Thaya usually a vengeful deity? If so there's no evidence of it here or in her article. You also might want to repeat yourself less often. Finally, I like your Minecraft art, it looks really nice.

Creator of the the Disputed Lands, a bronze age world of politics and clockwork magic.
6 Jul, 2020 21:39

Thanks for the critique. That's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. I'll clear that up. And yes, I do have a tendency to repeat myself. I'll go through it again.   Thank you!

6 Jul, 2020 21:54

You're welcome, I'm glad I could help. ! I can definitely understand the repeating oneself a lot. It's a habit that I'm currently trying to break myself out of.

Creator of the the Disputed Lands, a bronze age world of politics and clockwork magic.
6 Jul, 2020 22:02

Hi,   That was a cool repurposed building, even if there is a tragic story behind it (or maybe thanks to it). One question: If both gods declared their love for each other, how come only the goddess' heart was bonded to the tree?   This sentence was a bit unclear: "The temple collapsed into ruin with the death of its foundation." Is "its founder" perhaps the word that you were going for? Or are you trying to say the goddess was the literal foundation of the building?   I personally think that the first section of "Sky Fortress of the Silver Tree" would work better after the "Purpose / Function". This is because the purpose section explains neatly the transformation into its current function. But, the first two beginning quotes did a very good job of introducing the topic of the article, in a short, interesting way! So if you want to keep the current structure, it would work too.   All in all, I think you did a neat job with the prompt. You covered a lot of ground, but the article does not feel too long, but rather a nice length.

6 Jul, 2020 22:50

Thanks for the notes. More good critique! I went through and adjusted the bit about the foundation. The Tree was the foundation of the building and when it collapsed, it took the temple down.   I added headings under Purpose/Function to delineate those areas.   As for the tree, Rampol was a human at the time, not a god yet, so no magic tree bonding for him!

7 Jul, 2020 06:42

I see, that makes sense.   As a side note, adding headers is not quite what I meant, but rather to have the purpose section before this section "Even in death ... Tol Acharn.". But that was just my personal feeling about it.

7 Jul, 2020 09:44

Gotcha. I'm trying to somewhat work within how the template organizes information. Which isn't always ideal. I'll look at it again when I have more coffee!

7 Jul, 2020 10:02

Aaah yes, that is sometimes an issue. Using the vignette is always a possibility in these cases.

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