My friend, Ktar, loves dimensions. For his first dimension, Ktar built a mean maze complete with an mountain dwarf house. His latest project is a really spiffy log cabin in Kestrel’s Cry Ravine. He’s a builder by trade. If we could translate his cabin to real life it would stand intact. By his own admission, Ktar can’t deocrate; the small details that set a scene are beyond Ktar and his computer. So he asked me to decorate his log cabin basement, dwarf style.
Decorating a place for another person is a great responsibility and challenge. It means I must think about what the other person may or may not like and ignore the nagging voice that says ‘wouldn’t it look better if it were made for you?’ To complicate matters Bumradish is an elf and Ktar is a dwarf. This extends to his alts, too; when playing his human toon, Ktar’s a dwarf on stilts. I think tall, Ktar thinks normal-sized (well for a dwarf).
Ktar and I have chatted about extra curricular activities (that’s real life) to know he’s a man of action. I thought about all the dwarvish lore I know, activities Ktar had mentioned and his comments on why he chose Kestral’s Cry Ravine. It was his mountain retreat, his get-away-from-it-all. I also asked one question, was he a rugged dwarf or a dwarf who’s sister and mum sometimes snuck in and left feminine touches. Ktar is a rugged dwarf’s dwarf.
So I set to building. I made Ktar go fishing in Iron Pine Peak for the snowy objects that drop and he came back with the snowy rowboat and the snowy iron pine log. I then thought of ways to suggest masculine activities. The boat gained a fishing pole and the log, an axe. Cold, snowy areas are good fur hunting locations so much of the interior walls and decoration were made from bearskin rugs and, being a rugged dwarf, there are no sinks or bathrooms just a bucket of melting snow. One concession to luxury is an indoor toilet; even rugged dwarves don’t like their nether hairs freezing off.
Dwarven lore dictates an association with mining. Immediately inside the basement door, I’ve set up an assaying station with scales, grinder and bunsen burner for those purifying moments. In future moments of inspiration I might build a mine to go with them.
My biggest trouble was building everything dwarf sized. I’m used to a larger scale and it was harder than I thought to think small. Ktar is pleased with his new home and has promised to return the favour when Moonshade Pools is released. He’s going to build me an elf tower. I just hope I don’t hit my delicate, elvish head on the ceiling.