A few days ago, I received an invitation to see Bristlecone Cottage on Greybriar (now on Faeblight). It was such a charming invitation I couldn’t refuse. When I arrived I was greeted by a lovely dwarven building fashioned from an unusual mix of stone, wood and log.
Bristlecone Cottage is situated in front of the gate to Central Necropolis, between the two staircases. The gate towers over and frames the cottage, adding to it’s diminutive look. It’s not until I enter the cottage I realise it’s built on a different scale than most dimensions. My high elf feels like a clumsy, lumbering giant within the interior. When I bring my dwarf, the cottage feels just right.
Inside the feel is rustic. A mix of fine detail and rough texture. Logs keep the woodland retreat feeling, while diamond window panes and wood dado hint at a medieval origin. Dwarven furniture reinforces the notion that this cottage is made for smaller creatures.
Nor is the garden a haphazard affair. Pines and russet foliage give an autumn woodland feel, while spiral morel and cherry trees add colour. Rock walled plantings mix with a natural scattering of plants to suggest a woodland tamed.
The thought and planning that went into this dimension impressed me. Rather than struggling to fill an overly large space, Emerald has walled off most of the dimension allowing her to focus on the building and surrounds. She has borrowed the Necropolis scenery to frame and enhance her structure and incorporated the outbuildings into the design in a way that feels like an extension of the scene.
I’m sure Emerald won’t mind if I extend the invitation to y’all; pop in and take a gander at Bristlecone Cottage.