On the western edge of the Shifter Territories, set just north of the growing Fae Rift, hides the last of the great Templewood trees. This endangered forest was kept a mortal secret by the tribe of Templewood elves that guard it. The Templewood elves live in a village constructed into, around, and through the understorey of the massive Templewood; winding and intertwining through its branches like a complex web of rope and wood.
The elves of the Templewood have a near xenophobic policy regarding visitors to the forest. Even other elves are largely unwelcome in the Templewood. Few outsiders have even set their eyes on a Templewood tree, let alone been to the inner sanctum. Most are compelled to detour by the Bordertree guards without incident; more stubborn trespassers are coerced, or even dispatched without doubt or hesitation, and with complete indifference.
The epicenter of the village and hub of commerce was built around a small lake fed by a colossal waterfall plummeting from one of the lower peaks of the Maerwatch. Nearest the water dwell the magic using class of the Templewood elves. These are the crafters and agriculturalists of the society; the builders and the farmers. They draw earth magic from the Templewood’s foremost and revered above all deity, Silvanus to homogenize elven architecture and nature. Some of them even dabble a bit into the arcane, lining the grid of rope bridges surrounding the shoreline with beautiful, incandescent glyphs to facilitate traffic in the fogs and mists. From there, vast irrigation canals cut into the forest floor branch out like a demonic glyph, feeding life into the elegant Templewood gardens like azure veins from the arm of Silvanus.
Outside the garden, the military circuit wraps around the inner sanctum, forming a buffer between the sage district and the wilds of the Shifter Territories. The military makes up a bulk of the Templewood’s population, extending nearly halfway into the patch of ancient trees.
Every young Templewood elf serves at least one term as a Bordertree Guard, a branch of the military that patrols the area surrounding the Templewood forest. This ritual serves as a critical lesson for all elves of the tribe, acclimating them to the brutal protocol of their duty as a guardian of the last Templewood forest, and thus ushering them into adulthood. This span of an elf’s youth is generally regarded with disdain; a necessary tribulation every elf must endure on their path to the rest of their lives.