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Katrell
12-03-2006, 20:39
Greetings! This report is presented to you as a gift to the Tyrian Academy of Sciences from Katrell the Rogue Historian. I thought it would be appropriate to make a contribution before asking for membership in such a highly esteemed body.

As anyone who has traveled there knows, the serene Green Hills County is, for reasons unknown, swarming with magical Stone Elementals. I believe them to be magical, rather than organic, for two reasons: they are made of stone, obviously, but also they drop Enchanted Lodestones. Clearly they have some sort of magic that allows them to function.

During my travels in Green Hills County, I noticed that there was a strange gathering of these Elementals outside of a cave and some ruins where the road ends. I have taken various photographs of the structures in question. Before moving on to them, however, there is another interesting fact about these Elementals. While most of them are docile and content to wander about the ruins and cave, I found a Hulking Stone Elemental inside the cave who attacked me as soon as I entered. Seeing it threatened, the other Elementals suddenly attacked me as well. This Hulking Stone Elemental seems to be their leader, a guardian of some secret, or both.

Without further ado, here are the photographs of the area, and my commentary.

http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/9566/cave14xr.th.jpg (http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cave14xr.jpg)
A view of the Elementals' Cave from the outside. Notice the shaft of light and droplets of water coming from the ceiling.

http://img450.imageshack.us/img450/7458/cave23qu.th.jpg (http://img450.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cave23qu.jpg)
In the mouth of the cave. We can see vegetation growing from the solid rock of the ceiling. This cave must have some strange, and perhaps even magical properties, for such a thing to be possible. Note the rock below the shaft of light; we shall see more of it.

http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/4404/cave30qg.th.jpg (http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cave30qg.jpg)
A slightly closer view of the cave.

http://img450.imageshack.us/img450/1300/cave49it.th.jpg (http://img450.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cave49it.jpg)
Here is a pool of clear water in front of what appears to be some sort of crude headstone. This is what the Hulking Stone Elemental was guarding, but what is it? A shrine to that which animated them, or perhaps a memorial to their deceased creator?

Katrell
12-03-2006, 20:40
http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/9564/cave59vu.th.jpg (http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cave59vu.jpg)
A view of the outside world from the cave. In the distance you can see more of the Stone Elementals. It should be noted that these Elementals did NOT approach or attack me, even as I stood near their shrine. ONLY under the command of the Hulking Stone Elemental did the others display aggressive behaviour.

So much for this cave. It was interesting enough on its own, but I found something far more intriguing outside. Here, where I had to fight off the Elementals under the command of the Hulking Elemental, are strange ruins.

http://img450.imageshack.us/img450/2827/ruins12zu.th.jpg (http://img450.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ruins12zu.jpg)
A shot of the pillars. Take a look at the engravings on them - these clearly were not made by the Elementals.

http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/5673/ruins25eb.th.jpg (http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ruins25eb.jpg)
Vines obscure part of the engravings. Notice the stark white of the pillars in contrast with the green stone that is abundant in this County. The Elementals are grey stone and the natural stone has a greenish hue, so this white stone must have been brought here from far away.

http://img450.imageshack.us/img450/6807/ruins37km.th.jpg (http://img450.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ruins37km.jpg)
Sadly, most of the engravings have been lost to time and nature, but hopefully some of the Academy members can make some sense of them.

Katrell
12-03-2006, 20:40
http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/4224/ruins42pd.th.jpg (http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ruins42pd.jpg)
The final pillar, which stands alone a few feet away from the others.

http://img65.imageshack.us/img65/6491/ruins55mj.th.jpg (http://img65.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ruins55mj.jpg)
A closer view of the final pillar. Its engravings seem similar to that of the other pillars. Because they do not depict different things, I suppose that they were support columns for a building.

This concludes my investigation of the Elementals' Clearing and Cave in Green Hills County. I would go back, but, unfortunately, I am sure this has all been lost to The Searing. I plan on revisiting the area if possible in the modern times and investigating the behaviour of the Elementals today.

(Dr. Katrell may be contacted at danwell2@yahoo.com or IGN The Rogue Historian)

Lord Melvin
12-03-2006, 21:01
While most of them are docile and content to wander about the ruins and cave, I found a Hulking Stone Elemental inside the cave who attacked me as soon as I entered. Seeing it threatened, the other Elementals suddenly attacked me as well. This Hulking Stone Elemental seems to be their leader, a guardian of some secret, or both.


The Hulking Stone Elemantals in other places in pre-searing acted the same way, without anything similar nearby to guard. They are probably just the leaders, and for some reason don't like it when explorers come near them.

The engravings on the pillars are quite commonly found at the bases of pillars in Ascalon. A good example of this is at Serenity Temple.

Barinthus
12-03-2006, 21:09
May I make few suggestions?

Go back to that area and then go to the map (key M) and press print screen. So we can see where on the map of Ascalon this is.

Perhaps attempt draw a diagram or mark on close-up map (key U) where those pillars were found? Who knows, we may be able to construct what the structure looked like.

I'd do it myself but I have no available slots for pre-searing.

Katrell
12-03-2006, 22:02
May I make few suggestions?

Go back to that area and then go to the map (key M) and press print screen. So we can see where on the map of Ascalon this is.

Perhaps attempt draw a diagram or mark on close-up map (key U) where those pillars were found? Who knows, we may be able to construct what the structure looked like.

I'd do it myself but I have no available slots for pre-searing.

That's a great idea. I will go back when I can and get a map of it.

nkuvu
12-03-2006, 23:00
I took the liberty of making a general map for the smaller cave mentioned here. Primarily because I wanted to point out that there's a larger cave full of elementals to the northwest of Barradin Estate.

http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/small_elemental_cave_thumb.jpg (http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/small_elemental_cave.jpg)
This is the cave that Katrell is referring to. In this case I'm looking directly into the cave (shown by the arrow pointing roughly northwest). The pillars are almost directly across from the cave opening.

http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/main_elemental_cave_thumb.jpg (http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/main_elemental_cave.jpg)
This is the location of the larger cave. Note that in this cave there was a very bright shaft of light into the central pool, but nothing resembling a headstone or marker. There are, however, a number of the larger elementals roaming the cave, attacking intruders on sight.

http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/main_cave_interior_thumb.jpg (http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/main_cave_interior.jpg)
The interior of the cave, illustrating the pool and shaft of light. The cave continues up and to the left, but without any particularly unusual landmarks.

nidy
12-03-2006, 23:24
Well, you cant get there post, but there is a mural of Lyssa just north of there.

Quintus Antonius
12-03-2006, 23:31
In the mouth of the cave. We can see vegetation growing from the solid rock of the ceiling. This cave must have some strange, and perhaps even magical properties, for such a thing to be possible. Note the rock below the shaft of light; we shall see more of it.


There is nothing magical at all about plants growing on rocks. As long as they have a place to root, and proper conditions to grow and germinate, it is completely possible for certain groups of plants to grow on top of rocks. The plants we see growing on the rocks appear to be bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, hornworts). They have a shallow anchoring root system, and do not require deep woody roots like trees. Moss, ferns, certain angiosperms (flowers), and even some small trees are completely capable of growing on rocky surfaces. This is 100% natural, no magic involved at all.

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Point of Inquiry: Is this cave the same cave we find Shavlev (sp?) the Hermit in during the post-Searing elementist quests? I did some independant exploring, and it is the only place I could find in Ascalon that still supported rich plant life, and contained liquid water.

I agree with your theory about the Stone Elementals being unnatural golems. The only problem I found was the whole "magic growing plant" thing, which I explained above.

nkuvu
13-03-2006, 00:02
Point of Inquiry: Is this cave the same cave we find Shavlev (sp?) the Hermit in during the post-Searing elementist quests?
Yes, it looks like it's the same cave. (And it's Shalev, for the record)

http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/shalev_cave_thumb.jpg (http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/shalev_cave.jpg)
The location of the cave in present day. Note that the map I have from pre-searing is a bit foggy, which baffles me -- my monk traveled extensively all over Ascalon. So I can only point to a failing memory.

http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/shalev_cave_interior_thumb.jpg (http://nkuvu.net/images/guild_wars/shalev_cave_interior.jpg)
The interior of the cave, matching the general layout of the cave from pre-searing.

One additional note is that the pillars still exist, still directly across from the opening of Shalev's cave. An interesting point is that near the pillars there is a touch of plant life -- even a few feet away from the pillars, there are only remnants of plants.

Barinthus
13-03-2006, 03:06
Quintus - I had the same thoughts when I looked at the location of smaller cave - isn't it Shalev's cave? :)

nidy - north of which cave? I'm surprised I missed it during my time in pre-searing. Can you get a shot?

nidy
13-03-2006, 03:22
Quintus - I had the same thoughts when I looked at the location of smaller cave - isn't it Shalev's cave? :)

nidy - north of which cave? I'm surprised I missed it during my time in pre-searing. Can you get a shot?
I was actually talking post-searing. It's just north of where that cave is in pre-searing, just post, in the breach. I can get a shot later tonight or tomorrow if you still want it.

Katrell
13-03-2006, 04:09
An interesting point is that near the pillars there is a touch of plant life -- even a few feet away from the pillars, there are only remnants of plants.

Interesting - perhaps they possess some sort of magic, the same type that may have spawned the Elementals.

Barinthus
14-03-2006, 02:12
Ok which cave? Smaller or larger one?