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PARADISA MODS ([personal profile] paradisamods) wrote2014-03-01 11:10 pm

CASTLE GROUNDS

THE CASTLE GROUNDS




The Castle Grounds are no different from the castle's interior; everything is made for perfection. Limitless beauty also applies to the grounds, the scenery as picturesque as a greeting card, manicured to perfection even if no groundskeepers tend to it.


NORTH OF THE CASTLE
THE ENCHANTED WOODS
It is said that any enchanted wood is a place where the natural state of the wild is forest: lush beyond usual travel, mysterious beyond comprehension, the home of fairies and witches and elves. Those enchanted forests are not quite like Paradisa's, but despite lacking in any native fairies or witches or elves, it certainly feels like the kind of place that might welcome such a thing. Sometimes, anyway.



By day, trees grow fat and green, mushrooms grow in fairy circles, creeks babble and birdsong trills from above. There is lone path through the forest –– yellow-bricked, no less –– that eventually comes to a clearing with a wishing well. What one could wish for in a world where wishes are granted regardless, but it's an idyllic place nonetheless during the day.



By night, however, the trees come alive with menacing faces and reaching claws. They won't cause you harm, but they may just ensnare you in their roots until morning –– certainly not the most comforting way to spend the night, hmm?

THE STABLES
The home of Paradisa's beasts of burden, the stables are built to royal standards, each horse having its own stall with plenty of light, warmth and the best of care. A list of animals being boarded may be found here.




EAST OF THE CASTLE

THE GLASSHOUSE
A greenhouse on the grounds with a large domed roof. As the gardens become buried in snow for the winter, the glasshouse serves as year-round access to the warmth of greenery. Few people tend to wander here, making it a lovely secluded spot for lovers to find some "privacy."



THE GARDENS
If you fancy a walk in the gardens, Paradisa has a sprawling expanse of flowers, trees and shrubberies to admire. Complete with a fountain in the center and lovely brick pathways, the garden is lovely day or night.




SOUTH OF THE CASTLE

THE COURTYARD
An enclosed patio nestled in the castle's entrance, largely open space with a few large sculptures. It is open to the sky with little shelter from the weather, but on fair days it is a nice place to watch the comings and goings of the castle.

Included in the courtyard is a large orange crystal, perhaps six feet tall, jutting from the stone tile. Upon touching this crystal, one is usually transported to Mineas Well, but it is currently non-operative. I wonder why?

THE DUCK POND
Named for the large number of waterfowl found in the area, the duck pond is an expanse of fresh water located in front of the castle. At only six feet at its deepest, it is often the site of residents' games and playful boating competitions. It's a perfect place for quiet reflection, the stones surrounding it smooth for skipping and water lilies blooming on the water's surface.



THE SHOOTING RANGE
The shooting range is a small section of cleared area, just outside off of the woods. It has a clubhouse, two rifle ranges, one pistol range and an archery range. There is also access to a marked archery course that runs through the woods, which may be done from horseback if desired.


WEST OF THE CASTLE
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE
Storage space for residents' vehicles, largely just motorbikes and small automobiles, though there are a few non-functional military vehicles as well. Given the lack of roads in Paradisa, vehicles without off-road capabilities largely exist for show.