Charming, quaint, and peaceful, Chuck's Cottage has been sitting for generations in the central forest of Sanctuary. What many do not know is that this very same structure has been both seen and experienced through time across Elämä. Not once have the Iskari people asked what lay beyond the rickety old garden gate or front door. They should have--they'd be welcome. Well, except for Fred, but he ended up as a garden gnome in Chuck's garden (you shouldn't use a potty-mouth in front of a sensitive mägo.
Birth & PurposeCrafted by the Hero of the Gem, the 'cottage' acts as an extention of his power and influence. A fortress to connect the center of his worldly power, outside of the Ithari herself. The ingenious building s woven with enchantments and a web of powerful magics to support those who dwell and are protected within. ...but first and foremost to serve he who wields the Ithari.
The cottage is alive. Living, breathing, watching over htose who wander its halls, shielding them, and providing a timely escape when required.
There doesn't seem to be an end to this magnificant place. Every section you discover speaks volumes about the lord of this house...
A Ship Without Sails
Chucks' Cottage, though he's now passed the wonership over to Wendell, travels to where it's most needed. The mägo always called it a "ship" when I was growing up. I know, I know--sounds a bit crazy, but I swear by my own spectacles that the little shack actually moves. Not sure how to describe it better than that--wth dozens of records marking its location across all of Elämä to back my claim. From mountain peaks, desert sands and remote jungle locations, Alällään (her proper name, which translates In its Sphere) has no set foundation. It's appearance resembles more of an outhouse or garden shack than a dwelling. Haphazardly put together with a mismatch of materials (though Chuck's made improvements over the years), your whole perspective is blown when you ste across the threshhold. Any ocation required or constrcted by the Hero to fulfill the measure of his creation is connected to this dwelling/ship. Even my daughter Alhannah has experienced a connection through a door in The Black Market, which opened into a cottage broom closet!
What few understand about the nature of life, is all experience and gathering of knowledge is a corridor with locked and unlocked doors. One must only open the door and walk through to the next corridor of locked and unlocked doors.
We learn, experience, and move on to the next until our journey ends--our purpose fulfilled. Such is the safehaven of Alällään.
Helping my valiant wounded, we made our way to the light--our salvation from the horde.
The structure was smaller than a guard post--yet we entered, each and every soul, to find aid.
When the door was once more opened, we found ourselves in the pritective embrace of our homeland, Holääfeldi.
My people will forever sing praises to the Gnolaum!
For a need. In it's time.Over the doorways and archways, if you pay attention, you'll notice one of two signs. Small plates, made of metal, with a single word incription on them. The first is 'Tärpeeseen' [tarh-PEE-seen] which means 'for a need'. You'll find this over places where people are served, comforted, or protected. Places such as a kitchen, bedroom, or place of entertainment. While the other is 'Aikänään' [AYK-ah-nahn], which means 'in it's time', which you'll find over,...well, doors that are locked, or areas you should not be. (Trust me, walk away...and fast.) What will one find within the cottage? Wonder.
Formal Dining Room
Giant Kitchen w/serving window
Bay Window w/Baby Grand Piano
Giant Stone Hearth
Closet Under Stairs
Maid & Butler Quarters
42 bedrooms w/onsuite
21 guestrooms w/onsuite
Two Story Library
Game Room (snooker/darts)
3 Story Aviary
Sitting Room w/view of garden
Full Basketball Court
Olympic Sized Swimming Pool
Two Story Laser-Tag Arena
10 Lane Bowling Alley
Video Game Arcade
Spa & Sauna
Exercise Room w/Free Weights
Weapon & Training Room
Indoor Shooting Range
Indoor Archery Range
300 Seat Sloping Theater Room w/32' Screen
Three level Magical Study w/complete Lab
Roller Skating Ring w/DJ Booth (and every Bee Gee Album ever released)
Candy Shop w/Ice Cream Bar
12,000sp ft Deep Freezer w/lifetime Supply of Ben & Jerry's 'Urban Jumble' ice cream