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My Ebonheart Chateau

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The final of my Dunmer homes is the Ebonheart Chateau. This is a large castle, and thus the furniture limit is really hurting. So once again I had to focus on some specific places, and leave the rest of the place somewhat at minimum.

This is an Ebonheart Pact castle, situated just across the water from Ebonheart city itself. Thus, I decorated the exterior with lots of Ebonheart Pact banners and pennants, to really give off the Pact vibe. The flowers and trees are kept in the volcanic theme, to fit the location atop the side of an active crater. Ashflower trees and red cherry fall trees as well as lava blooms make up most of the vegetation. Since ZOS decided to screw us over and block off the view to the lava flow with rocks, I made an impromptu ashen balcony to really show off the amazing location. Had I more slots, I would have decorated this balcony with furniture, but as it is, it unfortunately had to be left blank for now.

The high tower that we managed to get included for the home in the last minute I decided to turn into an outdoor relaxation and bathing area. Who doesn't want to jump into the hot tub and relax with some cheese and fruit and a good book with the sight of lava flowing past below and the volcano rumbling and roaring in between? I know my Dunmer would. Speaking of volcano, I really love the rumbling sounds the volcano gives off every now and then. It's extremely atmospheric I find.

Apart from the lounge and bath in the tower, the main attraction of the castle is the basement. Tamriel is a land of many strange cultures and races, and my character has traveled all over the world, and even out of the world and into artificial worlds and oblivion planes, as well as having saved half of Tamriel's citizens on the way. Real life explorers back in the day often brought back exotic items and treasures from faraway lands, especially in the time of the great explorations a few centuries ago. That's how we got the modern museums full of stuff from primitive cultures, and even today, people collect ethnic art and objects.
Thus, my Ebonheart Castle basement has been turned into part exhibition, part museum, and part celebration of my character's explorations, achievements and experiences; with an overall focus on primitive cultures that have always both repelled and fascinated a cultured Dunmer such as my Indira. And to her, most non-Dunmer would be considered primitive.
The exhibition has been divided into themes. There's a small Craglorn section, a large Orsimer and Wrothgar section, a section of Aldmeri Dominion cultures, primarily Khajiiti and Bosmeri, a rather large section of exhibited Argonian primitive artwork (Indira is of the persuasion that they make most of their "decorations" out of mud and excrement, though some claim it is from Hist sap), some totems from the Ashlander cultures (the only part of Dunmeri culture that Indira, being an Indoril herself, considers primitive), and there are some relics and remnants of Clockwork origina that my character picked up from her travels in the Clockwork City. A Nord corner has also been made, with artifacts and sacred items from both the time of the Dragonpriests and modern times. There's a few Breton statues and tapestries, and a section devoted to Redguard items, complete with an Ansei sword.

Amidst the cultural items, there's a showcase for the holidays and other events that Indira has participated in, complete with banners to commemorate it all.

The other half of the basement has been turned into a massive treasury with lots of gold, coin, valuable items and clutter, lots of chests and containers and other objects to show off the amassed wealth of Indira and her House.

Eventually, I hope to decorate more of the basement with luxury items and achievement items from new chapters and DLCs, to keep the theme of a museum or exhibition of the Tamrielic lands, though the furniture limit will probably put a damper on that.

  • Jayne_Doe
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    @Carbonised

    Brilliant work, as always! I just love what you did with the basement. Truly fantastic!

    The bathing/relaxation area is also rather nice and welcoming. And I appreciate the very nice gardening you did with the courtyard - keeping to the local foliage and using EP banners/etc.

    Were you even able to decorate any of the other rooms? You've got so much detail in the areas you showed off that I can't imagine there even being furnishings in any other part of the house. Which is, as we all know, sadly the problem with the current item limits.

    Cheers to you and thanks for sharing all of your Dunmer homes.
    Edited by Jayne_Doe on May 17, 2018 6:46PM
  • BaneOfBattler
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    I personally dont like how you have all arranged, looks like you just dumped your bad and placed all over at random.

    Looks clogged, lightning is not good.
  • President_PUG
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    Wow that's awesome, I came to post pictures of that same House I did May 16 in Forums, and I saw Yours.Neat! I actually did 2 builds yesterday A Coliseum in Glenumba, and an Ebonheart Pyramid. I try to do a 700 item build each week,take a few screen shots then tear it down. Make something else. Yours is a HOME! Ty.

    The 2 I did yesterday.

    “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better.”
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    @Jayne_Doe

    Thanks! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out as well, I got to use a lot of different styles and items I don't usually use, so it was fun making different racial showcases, trying to find the most unique items for each zone and DLC.

    The only damper on my excitement was the item cap, as always. But I actually managed to decorate the rest of the castle reasonably. If you look at the video, you can see some of it shortly while I walk from the main entrance of the castle to the cellar. Both castle floors have been decorated with wall decorations, furniture and lighting, it's just all of the clutter that's missing, much like in Tel Galen. The tower interior is also empty, I would have liked to eventualyl make that into a crafting room or a seamstress' workshop, but that won't happen until we get more slots. The garden is also a bit too sparse for my liking, and especially the lava balcony I built I would have loved to decorate with some furniture to overlook the lava flow, but for now it's just empty.

    We will see if I make more showcases in the future. I'm still on the fence regarding the Summerset homes, it really depends on whether the recipes will be reasonably easy to obtain, same with the Clockwork observatory, I won't decorate that one until I manage to get the Clockwork recipes needed for it.
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    Time for a take two on my Ebonheart Chateau. The museum part has of course been moved over to the Psijic Grand museum, which freed up a lot of slots in the basement, which I decided to turn into a real treasure trove, full of golden treasure, coin, valuables and statuettes. The music box fitted the theme nicely, with a melodic and sober tune, which matches the roaring volcano. Those lava rumbles are my favourite part of this house, it really sets the mood.
    It would have been nice to have some gems and such to add, but we don't really have any that fit the bill. The Summerset pearls were a nice addition, though.

    I always wanted to make a really grand treasury, and it also serves the purpose of camouflaging the extremely dull and uninteresting storage chests. I tried to incorporate them in with all the other treasures, so they don't seem all that conspicuous anymore.

    Anyhow, made a very short video showcase of the treasury room. The second part of the basement is more a trophy room, with various banners and pennants celebrating my character's victories, and of course a plethora of golden busts. Would have liked to dress out this part a bit more, but ran out of item slots. Since ZOS decided to make the extremely weird decision of locking off a wooping 110 item slots specifically for "collectible items", I decided to make use of them, for once. And if you wonder, "collectible items" is pretty much just Undaunted trophies and busts.

    Enjoy:

    Edited by Carbonised on July 10, 2019 8:07PM
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    And a couple pics for the lazy ones who don't want to watch the video:

    Entrance to the castle. A lot of Ebonheart Pact banners fly on this castle, and the red ivy we got with Elsweyr suit the theme perfectly. I've tried and kept most of the trees, plants and vegetations in a fiery red theme overall:
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    Front view of the castle:
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    View of the wall/gatehouse:
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    The lava flow is sadly mostly blocked off by boulders and rocks. I built a plateau where you can really get a great view over the lava flowing by beneath. I would have liked to dress this area up with a tea table, some sofas and pillows, and made it into a balcony with a view and relaxation area, but there wasn't enough item slots for that:
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    The outdoor bath on top of the tower has been kept, but changed a little since last time:
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    The banker/castellan has his own little alcove where he monitors the inventory of the treasury:
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    Overview of the main treasury room:
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    One of the side displays of the treasury:
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    The other of the side displays:
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    Trophy room with golden busts, banners, pennants and a few treasures:
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    Edited by Carbonised on July 10, 2019 8:07PM
  • Nephthys
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    Wow it is brilliant. You have done a great job. My Chateau is still a work in progress but I am getting a lot of pleasure decorating it.
    Dunmer magicka Necromancer DPS/Healer (casual)
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    Nephthys wrote: »
    Wow it is brilliant. You have done a great job. My Chateau is still a work in progress but I am getting a lot of pleasure decorating it.

    Thank you =) I'm happy with how it turned out as well, especially after getting rid of the museum collection, which was vastly expanded into a true museum, making room for the treasure trove in the basement. It is a home that is too large for the small item limit, but focusing on a few rooms and areas will at least make them stand out more I think.
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