Luinne Bheinn

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Luinne Bheinn is a mountain area to the east of Wehnimer's Landing - near the somewhat snaller Liath Bheinn mountain region. Luinne Bheinn includes an old Reiver settlement. The settlement itself is accessible by crossing a drawbridge after passing through a narrow mountain pass. It is also possible to enter this area from the Dubh Brugh cavern.

The settlement is situated with an outer watch area that surrounds the village proper. Beyond residences, the village includes a church, a tavern, and a grand hall. The structures in the settlement are mainly constructed of stone - something there is no lack of there. The lesser buildings were built with thatched roofs (possibly harvested in the nearby Aillidh Brae region), the larger buildings with slate shingles. The tavern is named the Restless Reiver and operated by a reiver bartender named Jock.

Behind the Scenes

Church Walk-through

[Luinne Bheinn, Settlement]
A small church stands a bit on its own north of the pathway. Built with large, round granite rocks with a roof of slate shingles, it shows signs of weathered age. A brass plaque covered with verdigris is fastened next to the door.
Obvious paths: east, northwest

Though verdigris covers the plaque, it is possible to read most of it. There appears to be something written on it.

In the Common language, it (plaque) reads: - M kle Kirk -

[Luinne Bheinn, Church]
This part of the church is filled with heavy, wooden pews. Hauling the pews up to this mountain settlement must have been a long and strenuous affair. Red, amber and blue lights caress the top portion of the pews. An oaken door leads outside.
Obvious exits: east
[Luinne Bheinn, Church]
Bathed in warm colors, a wooden pulpit dominates this area. Behind the pulpit is a hexagonal window inlaid with red, amber and blue crystal panes. A large oak tablet hangs on the wall.
Obvious exits: west

In the Common language, it (the tablet) reads: An Cridhe 15.3 : A sword for a sword, a death for a death; the Divine we serve to regain what was lost.

Restless Reiver Walk-through

[Luinne Bheinn, Settlement]
To the west stands a cozy-looking tavern. The rocks used to build it are obviously taken from an older portion of the ruined peel tower. A colorful sign dangles back and forth above the red-painted door of the tavern.
Obvious paths: north, east, south
  • The sign is old and worn. Painted on both sides of it, you see a fierce reiver nonchalantly leaning on a footman's lance. The blood-drenched head of a krolvin is stuck on the tip of the lance. The paint is faded and peeling off in spots.

There appears to be something written on it.

In the Common language, it reads: *The Restless Reiver*

[Luinne Bheinn, Tavern]
A long counter takes up most of the space against one wall. Flickering candles make the low ceiling dark and sooty, but cast a warm, amber light throughout the room. A few round tables are surrounded by sturdy chairs. The intimate ambiance is only slightly detracted from by the thin layer of dust that covers some of the less used areas. An old, red-painted door leads outside. You also see a fancy menu, a sign and the bartender Jock.
Obvious exits: west

The Sign In the Common language, it reads:

It has come tae me attention that some visitin' townsfolk want the whiskey that they are used tae. Yer in Luinne Bheinn now an' we only serve our famous whisky. If ye want that other stuff, ya better go elsewhere! Cordially, Jock.
[Luinne Bheinn, Tavern]
Round tables and old chairs occupy most of the floor space. The tables all have lit candles on them, many of the candles stuck onto wine bottles. The wooden floor is worn and uneven, more a dirty-grey than the original brown. On the walls hang weapons, a couple of brass-studded targes and several finely carved oak crests. You also see an oaken door.
Obvious exits: east

Notes

The sign in the tavern was hammered in place due to there being some who felt that whisky could only be spelled whiskey (in general it's spelled whisky in Scotland, Canada and parts of Europe. It's spelled whiskey in Ireland and in the U.S.)

The oaken door in the inner room of the Restless Reiver is made as it's supposed to be.

The plaque on the small church is probably meant to mean "Mickle Kirk." Generally, "mickle" means "large" or "a great amount", but in Scots (and the Reivers' appearance and style of speech seems modeled on the Scottish), it means "a small amount"--or just "small." So "Mickle Kirk" literally means "small church."

"An Cridhe" means "the heart" or, less literally, "the core" or "the focus." In other words, the passage quoted from An Cridhe (A sword for a sword, a death for a death; the Divine we serve to regain what was lost) isn't simply a quote from a quasi-Biblical book; it's the heart, the core and the focus of Reiver faith and Reiver life.

"Luinne Bheinn" in Scots Gaelic means "Blade of the Mountain. "Luinn" means "Sword/spear/weapon's blade, while "bheinn", the lenited form of "beinn", which means mountain.

"Dubh" is Scottish Gaelic for "black" or, as a noun, "blackness" or "darkness"; the primary meaning of "brugh" is "large house." Another meaning, less commonly used, is "cave." The Dubh Brugh cavern is the "Cave of Darkness."

The name of the mountain region called "Liath Bheinn" simply means "gray/pale mountain."

"Aillidh Brae" means "beautiful/bright hill."