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"WOUTER!"

"What?" Wouter turned to Oede.

"Why you stopped again, gawking like struck by a witch spell?"

"I was wondering..." said the younger of the travelers "...who may live in there?"

"Nobody! That's it!"

Wouter stared against at the buildings that stood over the waterfall. "Really?"

"Look out. It doesn't have a roof!" Oede pointed out. only then, Wouter noticed it.

"What's this?"

"Some elven ruins or other. I don't know. I don't care" Oeder said. "There's plenty of them ahead, if you like that sort of thing. Some more impressive too."

It was the first time Wouter was travelling to Öster Gate, following his uncle Oede: It was said, that the Sargonic dukes that had settled in Öster Gate where paying a good wage to free workers, trying to get more workers: some said, the dukes where maybe overzealous when they crushed the Rivierie -the peasant uprising that raged in the province-, so they wanted both workers for the lands, and they didn't trusted the locals after the peasant rebellion...

So Wouter and Oede where traveling to become free land tenants -thought both were serfs, that had escaped their own lord... it was said as well, the dukes in the other side of the mountain didn't mind this, either-.

"Why are they abandoned?" Wouter asked.

Oede raised his shoulders. "Some old war or other, I don't know". He have traveled several times across the mountain pass between the kingdom of Degoland and the Hunclech province of Öster Gate.

The young Wouter continued to look at the old elven palace. "We could simply fix the roof, and live like kings!"

"Living between waterfalls?!! We would be wet all the time, and that's bad for the rheumatism, boy!" the older Oede said. "And elves may have been great builders, but they didn't thought in the practical aspect of their designs!!"

"What you mean uncle?" Wouter asked.

"The closest arable lands are all the way down the rivers, to the Lake del Rey... that's why nobody lives here! You would be alone in the middle of the woods, and all you would have to eat will be nuts!
Let's see then, how goes winter for you!"

Yeah, that didn't sound very good, Wouter had to recognize. But he still was curious, and as they had left the lands of their lord and nobody went hunting down the fleeing serfs, he felt ready for adventure.

"Can we explore the ruins?"

"These are Troll dens, boy!" Oede said. "Look the ruins all you want, but better to be away from them when the night falls!"

"Trolls?!!" Wouter thought scared. In the lowlands where they hauled from, since long had disappeared ogres, trolls, wargs and other fierce creatures -only the grandmothers remembered them in their stories of Trolls wandering the region... and while in time of his father and uncle, they did had more than enough of trolls and all their kind during The War, when the demon servers came in numbers, the only non-humans he had ever seen where a couple of elves in an Elferie.

"Trolls. Or Orcs. Or Goblins. Or Kanov. Or Bandits. Or Ghosts" Oeder said. "So let's going boy! I don't want the night to fall upon us in the wilderness!"



The Monument Cascades was the name of a region to the Northeast of Lake Del Rey. The name of the region comes after the waterfall and elven ruins -specially after the Great Waterfall and the ruins of an ancient high elven city. Aside of the great Waterfall, there were numerous other waterfalls, rivers and streams with Elf made monuments built between or alongside these bodies of moving water.

The rivers and streams originate in the Dargoina Mountains, and Angards to the north and north east of Lake Del Rey. There are various sorts of sculptures and shrines located in the highlands between the mountains and the highland great lake. Dominating a mountain pass to Huncle and Oster Gate Valley, it was a trade route between Degoland and Huncle, and before that it had been one of the last refugees of the elven civilization of northwest Aels before the conquest by humans.

The region was a forested, rocky region known for its natural beauty, having numerous small mountain valleys, springs, rivers and waterfalls. Many of the rivers and streams form waterfalls at various points along the way. With beautiful little mountain lakes and ponds interspersed and rocks seemingly artfully placed within the moving water, or emerging from the mountain lakes. There are many places of great natural beauty to be found.

Once a region inhabited by elves, the High Elves built the palaces of their kingdoms in the mountains -until the Age of Invasions, when High Orcs, Kanovs and Humans arrived-. With the conquest of the Weseuros humans, the elves where forced to settle down in the lowlands, within elferies, or where dispersed, and the palaces became empty ruins, said to be haunted.

While some where settled by humans, many remained abandoned -or with transitory occupations by bandits-, during the First War of the Power, some of the more hidden ones where used by Degolandic refugees as hiding place.

During the time of Camilo II the Magnificent, the roads across the mountain pass to Öster Gate where improved, and new settlements established, being used many of the stones of the ancient elven monuments, or being restored some of the palaces: some of them turned into hot springs and popular baths to the ruling class of the kingdom of Sargos-Degoland.

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ToniBabelony Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cool looking scene! :) Very atmospheric and it looks something like from a movie or computer game.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist
Many thanks Toni!
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dangerfan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
This is a place I'd really like to visit.  *sigh*
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SkyPotatoFire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
Cool.
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Izzynaks Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
Pretty : D
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IxisNyx Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Very picturesque. :) 
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NonKnow Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
It's interesting how the bridges are not eroded by supposed strong streams of the river!
What are those kanov of which I keep hearing about?
How the trolls manage to get into the ruins? Aren't they too tall?
Gorgeous picture by the way!Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist
mm-magic?

XD

Really, I don't know either how many of our own historical buildings have survived so many centuries after all! XD

the Kanov are a race of men:
more info here:
Kanov Barbarian by Shabazik
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larqven Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2017
I imagine that the streams of water flow through channels cut between the arch pylons.  It's probable that that the water ebbs later in the year too.

Trolls come in various sizes.  Also, 'troll' was being used as a 'catchall' phrase, I think, for orcs, goblins, animals, kanovs or human bandits.

"Kanovs" are an imaginary racial type of human specific to the world of Aiers: aiers.wikia.com/wiki/Category:…

They serve a role of a human 'Other'.  They are like another branch of human, or a fourth main racial type depending on how one chooses to look at it.  They are sort of 'semi-Neanderthal' like, in that they are shorter proportioned in limbs, but have very strong bones and muscles, and faces with big features.  They are dark skinned, with grey, or earth-tone, or black skin, sometimes they have red eyes, and they are very hairy with dark or black hair.  In extreme examples, their body hair is almost like fur.

Here is Gunn, a 'Battleborn' elf, in a tavern surrounded by Kanovs native to Polforia, a northern land in the continent of Aels:   So this is Aiers? by Shabazik

They are usually barbarian types, and live in simple, tribal settings, but not always.  Kanovs of the Dannu civilization in Hieyoks, and the Blazakov empire in Zarhuy are intricate societies, sometimes more advanced than the civilizations of the humans.

There are many races of Kanovs, and they have been major competitors of humans in settling Aiers.

The Kanovs of the northern lands have generally joined the Dark Legion of Demons.  The Kanovs in the area of these ruins are called the "Montangards", which refers the Angard Mountains where the ruins are located.  They are usually 'pacified' by the 'Five Kingdoms' of humans.  But they live tribal lives of herding and hunting and gathering in the mountains, and they sometimes raid regular humans if they think they can get away with it.
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NonKnow Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
So much info:o (Eek) ...
Thanks man!
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larqven Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017
No problem. :)
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agricola64 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
beautiful ..

but the elves must have found it hard to keep the mold from growing on the walls (high air humidity - read up on thwe problems of Frank Llyod Wright's "Fallingwater")
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist
It was hard indeed. They had to continusly work on that!

Yet other reason why later humans didn't wanted to live in these great palaces!
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larqven Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
I thank you for this again!  It's such an impressive pic! I love how sharp that tree to the right is, and how the background seems faded in the mists. :)
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2017  Hobbyist
Thanks!
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animal-delos Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016   Writer
What a pretty landmark, reminds me of the LOTR stuff. XD
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist
XD
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MavenGuy Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
What a nice scenery this ruin is surrounded by.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist
Thanks
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Brotherofsteel5 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2016
There are a castle like that in Europe (in Germany? Swiss?) i forgot always the name of that place :-/

Annyway nice artwork :-)
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist
Many thanks!
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WebFingers3 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Student General Artist
of words spoken by a great man

"R-some."
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist
Thanks
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WebFingers3 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Student General Artist
np
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larqven Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016
Thanks for the pic!  Very beautiful indeed!

You did a great job with the waterfalls and the edits for the mist in the air.  The crowning ruins are nice, so is the traveler for giving some extra character to the pic.  :)
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist
Thanks larqven!
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yatera7 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016
great
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist
thanks!
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love these scenery pieces of yours. Specially this one. It's just so majestic, I love how you used the lighting effect to add fog. 
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist
Thanks!
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TheReptilianGeneral Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :)
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Dwarf-Cartoonist Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh look! It's Rivendell!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist
XD
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Dwarf-Cartoonist Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Only in ruins, has Mordor destroyed it in this AU? ;)
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Kiborg-Graph Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So majestic! :iconhhhhplz:
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist
thanks!
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pokemorphOmega Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
B-E-A-utiful (Tell me if you got that reference)
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist
don't get it. Thanks!
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pokemorphOmega Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It's from a movie. You're welcome 😄
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Tejpi Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... It's so beautiful O-O
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Hobbyist
Many thanks!!
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