Next time you visit Evercity, you should take a small detour through the bustling conurbation that makes up the administrative capital and into the more rural districts. There you will find a pleasant scene of rolling hills and wooded areas where numerous country estates sprawl along the hillsides and meadows, tributes to the more wealthy class of officials and businessmen that populated the Aethasian Capital.
A majority of the majestic villas and magnificent manors are somewhat recent in both construction and style, however, should you continue to travel down the hedge-lined road, you would find the more established homes. Some which have stood for decades, including one in particular.
Should you decide to continue your journey, you would arrive at a large wrought iron gate. As the late evening sun slipped over the horizon, you might just be able to catch a glimpse of the single cursive A carved into the metal. Beyond the unlocked gate and stone fountain, you would soon discover lies a large stately spruce wood manor situated at the edge of a rather sharp cliff overlooking the misty sea below.
As you ascend the steps, the large spruce door slowly swings open...
Welcome to Aetherlocke Manor. -casually descends the staircase in the center of the room- I am your host, Allan Poe and I welcome you to our home. It was my understanding that the others would be here by now... Ah well, I am sure they will be along shortly.
Meanwhile please make yourself at home. The Aetherlocke Manor has been here since Evercity's establishment and has served as the home of many generations of Aetherlockes before. Secret chambers and passages are scattered throughout the many rooms and many more lay undiscovered.
Please refrain from venturing too far as the house has the peculiar tendency to confuse and disorient. I would very much dislike having to pluck you from one of the many traps and mazes that comprises a certain realm of the house.
However, please relax in the den. I will have Donavon bring you a cup of tea if you wish. Should you have any questions or if you simply wish to visit, I or my companions will be around. Until then I bid you adieu for now. -touches hilt of cane to brow before exiting the room with a flourish-