• Location • Rangers' Lodge

Primarily for rangers, the lodge is open to any who need a place to stay for the night.

Stronghold of education and learning, this fortress is in one of the coldest areas of Idalos and home to many knowledge seekers in a variety of disciplines. However, unknown to most, below the city are those who suffer for the sake of science. While all are welcome, not everyone will be treated as they expect.

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Rangers' Lodge

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Found half a day's ride (or a day's walk) north of the city, most of the clientele of the large building are Viden's workforce who operate beyond the city limits. With ease of access to the best hunting grounds in the tundra, many rangers opt to stay for a couple of nights closer to the peak of the cliffs, to optimise daylight hours for hunting. A very large building, it was one of the first to be build by the first settlers, given its safe location (protection from the elements and predators). The Lodge contains 18 guest rooms, each with two bunkbeds, for optimal use of space.

Inside its plain wooden exterior, above the constantly roaring fires, sit various trophies from the most exotic and dangerous creatures Northern Idalos has to offer. New members are taught arctic survival, land navigation, and trapping. The Lodge holds a competitive atmosphere, and is not regulated by the laws of the city, thus many a ranger has been known to have died in foolish incidents which invariably involve too much alcohol. Gambling is also known to occur within the large common areas. The only rule which governs those inside is the unnecessary reminder of the integrity of their role: the city literally would not function without them. Any animal carcasses are protected until they are sent to Viden, and teams exist to function as rescue services to travellers.

Since its creation, the Lodge never holds less than 20 rangers at any one time, and can have up to 5 trainees staying there free-of-charge too. Often there are more trainees, so they generally share a rota: remaining for five days and then returning to Viden and continuing some work with the guard. The land around the Lodge offers a wide variety of training grounds, from steep, rocky mountainous terrain, to vast white wastelands, which offers perfect training for any wishing to learn about the dangers of the arctic. Life as a ranger is especially difficult, however, and few who opt to train succeed in qualifying.

Though it is not common knowledge to the tourists who venture this far north, the lodge also offers guided excursions into the northern tundra, or towards Lake Verity. The lake is arguably the best spot in the entirety of Northern Idalos (and, indeed, the entire world) to see the Viridescent Lights: a nighttime spectacular display of unexplainable lights in the sky. They can sometimes be seen from the city proper, but best viewing will always take effort, courage, and a strong constitution.

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Private Tuition (Arctic Survival/Trapping/Land Navigation/Hunting) - 6gn per session
Wilderness Guide - 15gn per day
Viridescent Lights Display (group) - 10gn
Viridescent Lights Display (private) - 30gn
Taxidermy - 5gn - 20gn depending on the size of the animal

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