Virakhu, Glade of the Occult

"Enter the forbidden Glade, and embrace the strange, the unnatural.

Among the frozen bones of Nightmare, the dreams of life take form."

- Navali

 

Hidden deep within the icy crevasses above Highgate lies a peculiar glade. The Maraketh call it the Virakhu, the Precipice, a forbidden entrance to the eternal depths of Wraeclast. Here the bitter mountain winds converge with the warm humidity rising from the abyss below, breeding a delicate fusion of northern rainforest and subterranean grove atop the blackened spire of rock piercing the glacier floor. The air reeks of the fetid cycle of life and decay, as pine, fir, root and fungi vie for dominance. The absence of light is forgotten among the fluorescent patches of moss casting an eerie verdant glow upon the mists. There are no birds. There are no beasts. Death lingers like a cold scythe at the end of summer, waiting to reap a crop long overdue. But the roots cling tighter and delve deeper, drawing strength from the immortal ones lurking below, and the fireflies dance in the mists as silent sentinels against the darkness. It is the bridge between Wraeclast and what lies beneath, a nexus of thaumaturgy and powers far older than Nightmare.

 

 

In her days after Kitava's fall, the exiled Witch hunted ceaselessly for a sanctuary. Wraeclast knew her as the very spirit of vengeance, the slayer of Gods, the Liberator of Oriath. All praised her name and her courage, yet fear shadowed any attempt at true belonging. Intrigued by the echoing death throes of the Beast, she wandered, until one day she came upon a broken, winding trail very near to Tevarus' Resonator. It reeked of mystery, twisting and spiraling down the fissure. A cold comforting darkness embraced her as she descended, until finally she emerged into the Glade. A shiver of excitement pierced her veils of apathy. The air hummed with the complex weave of arcana and the teeming glow of improbable life, whispering to her by names only she knew. The mists clung to frostclad robes as if alive, measuring the Witch's will and finding it worthy. For the first time in her life, she beheld a mirror clearer than Kalandra's finest craft. She was home.

 

This hideout is my first earnest attempt at creating a thematic home for a character. After the success of my Cold Occultist this league, I wanted a suitable, unique hideout for her. The Glacial layout was an obvious choice, but I wanted to do more with it than just snowclad ruins. So I began testing, first with the vivid green moss found in the Dungeon tileset, then with the Coastal rocks. A picture in my mind began to form, and this was its realization.

Sadly, I cannot find a way to include the rest of the hideout in this design. I deliberately crafted this theme around the absence of snow. Even an inch left or right exposes the snowy rocks and the jarring black tops of the ridgelines, so I chose to sacrifice space for aesthetic. Besides, I always prefer compact, ergonomic hideouts compared to sprawling ones with the map device and waypoint a good walk apart from each other. The stash, map device, masters and crafting bench are all quickly accessed.

A word of warning: Jun cannot spawn her portals anywhere in the hideout. Her ridiculous need for a football field of space around her is just not possible to satisfy given the constraints of the rocks and the dozens of decorations covering the floor. If you can find a place for her that works, I salute you. Otherwise you'll need to load a different hideout or spawn her in maps. 

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Hideout version: 2.0.1
Total cost: 2,071,540
Total decorations: 516
Uses MTX: No
Einhar, Beastmaster Level: 7
Zana, Master Cartographer Level: 7
Alva, Master Explorer Level: 7
Niko, Master of the Depths Level: 7
Jun, Veiled Master Level: 0


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Decoration Decoration name Buy from Master level Cost Amount Total cost
Alva No master 0 0 1 0
Crafting Bench No master 0 0 1 0
Einhar No master 0 0 1 0
Guild Stash No master 0 0 1 0
Helena No master 0 0 1 0
Jun No master 0 0 1 0
Map Device No master 0 0 1 0
Navali No master 0 0 1 0
Niko No master 0 0 1 0
Stash No master 0 0 1 0
Waypoint No master 0 0 1 0
Zana No master 0 0 1 0
Crypt Rubble Alva, Master Explorer 2 330 6 1,980
Driftwood Log Alva, Master Explorer 2 330 1 330
Vaal Debris Alva, Master Explorer 2 330 49 16,170
Vaal Pylon Alva, Master Explorer 2 330 1 330
Large Crypt Rubble Alva, Master Explorer 3 710 4 2,840
Stone Well Alva, Master Explorer 3 1,860 2 3,720
Skull Pile Alva, Master Explorer 4 1,220 24 29,280
Vaal Reading Table Alva, Master Explorer 4 7,490 1 7,490
Vaal Tablets Alva, Master Explorer 4 3,170 4 12,680
Webbed Tree Alva, Master Explorer 4 3,170 1 3,170
Decorated Tree Alva, Master Explorer 5 6,760 6 40,560
Large Rocks Alva, Master Explorer 5 2,570 58 149,060
Ossuary Brazier Alva, Master Explorer 5 6,760 11 74,360
Pooling Blood Alva, Master Explorer 5 6,760 2 13,520
Vaal Block Alva, Master Explorer 5 2,570 1 2,570
Vaal Notes Alva, Master Explorer 5 6,760 1 6,760
Absorbed Flesh Alva, Master Explorer 6 10,720 4 42,880
Bone Sculpture Alva, Master Explorer 6 10,720 6 64,320
Flesh Glob Alva, Master Explorer 6 10,720 5 53,600
Glowing Embers Alva, Master Explorer 6 4,090 4 16,360
Ryslatha Tree Alva, Master Explorer 6 25,560 8 204,480
Thick Trees Alva, Master Explorer 6 10,720 2 21,440
Vaal Mechanism Alva, Master Explorer 6 25,560 2 51,120
Vaal Mummy Alva, Master Explorer 6 25,560 1 25,560
Vaal Square Altar Alva, Master Explorer 6 10,720 1 10,720
Decorated Trees Alva, Master Explorer 7 15,320 2 30,640
Vaal Treasure Trove Alva, Master Explorer 7 35,890 2 71,780
Driftwood Branches Einhar, Beastmaster 1 140 2 280
Shore Rocks Einhar, Beastmaster 1 140 7 980
Forest Flowers Einhar, Beastmaster 2 330 1 330
Mossy Cairn Einhar, Beastmaster 2 330 2 660
Beach Coral Einhar, Beastmaster 3 710 7 4,970
Coral Grass Einhar, Beastmaster 3 710 2 1,420
Fern Einhar, Beastmaster 3 710 6 4,260
Forest Tree Einhar, Beastmaster 3 710 16 11,360
Lush Tree Einhar, Beastmaster 3 1,860 1 1,860
Reef Coral Einhar, Beastmaster 3 710 4 2,840
Sitting Log Einhar, Beastmaster 3 710 4 2,840
Tree Einhar, Beastmaster 3 710 5 3,550
Agave Plant Einhar, Beastmaster 4 1,220 4 4,880
Aloe Plant Einhar, Beastmaster 4 1,220 2 2,440
Barnacles Einhar, Beastmaster 4 1,220 1 1,220
Bush Einhar, Beastmaster 4 1,220 47 57,340
Dry Tree Einhar, Beastmaster 4 3,170 1 3,170
Garden Path Einhar, Beastmaster 4 1,220 19 23,180
Macrotaen Plant Einhar, Beastmaster 4 1,220 3 3,660
Road Trim Einhar, Beastmaster 4 1,220 41 50,020
Shore Bonfire Einhar, Beastmaster 4 3,170 1 3,170
Coral Barnacles Einhar, Beastmaster 5 2,570 2 5,140
Coral Cluster Einhar, Beastmaster 6 25,560 5 127,800
Blown Grass Einhar, Beastmaster 7 35,890 1 35,890
Blown Leaves Einhar, Beastmaster 7 5,830 4 23,320
Coral Formation Einhar, Beastmaster 7 15,320 7 107,240
Cave Trash Niko, Master of the Depths 1 140 6 840
Den Large Rock Niko, Master of the Depths 1 380 1 380
Sewer Moss Niko, Master of the Depths 1 140 53 7,420
Sceptre Of God Debris Niko, Master of the Depths 2 330 4 1,320
Azurite Chunk Niko, Master of the Depths 4 3,170 3 9,510
Sulphite Vein Niko, Master of the Depths 6 10,720 1 10,720
Volcanic Rock Niko, Master of the Depths 6 4,090 1 4,090
Abyssal Ritual Circle Niko, Master of the Depths 7 77,540 1 77,540
Abyssal Whale Bones Niko, Master of the Depths 7 35,890 1 35,890
Azurite Vein Niko, Master of the Depths 7 35,890 1 35,890
Fetid Smog Niko, Master of the Depths 7 5,830 9 52,470
Ghostly Fog Niko, Master of the Depths 7 35,890 1 35,890
Water Fog Niko, Master of the Depths 7 15,320 8 122,560
Arena Flowers Zana, Master Cartographer 7 15,320 6 91,920
Cave Treasure Zana, Master Cartographer 7 35,890 2 71,780
Pohutukawa Tree Zana, Master Cartographer 7 35,890 2 71,780
Latest version: 2.0.1

Version number MTX Publish date Total favor Total decorations Downloads Link
2.0.1 No 2019-02-03 04:16:18 2,071,540 516 1825 Download
2.0.0 Yes 2019-02-03 03:54:52 2,071,540 517 267 Download
1.0.0 Yes 2019-01-12 02:17:57 1,875,560 461 388 Download

2.0.1 | 03 Feb 2019 - 04:16

- Removed MTX


2.0.0 | 03 Feb 2019 - 03:54

- Removed MTX - Replaced Azurite Map Device with Ryslatha Tree - Minor improvements


1.0.0 | 12 Jan 2019 - 02:17

Initial release