Into the Wild (KingMaker AP)
Temple of the Elk
Most of a day’s ride from Leveton down Temple Road in a clearing in the ancient forest is a looming upthrust rock ridge, over a hundred feet high and nearly 300 feet across. The side of this towering natural monolith is carved into the likeness of a gigantic elk, its antlers drooping down from its weathered face to frame a 50-foot wide cave entrance. A flight of
stone steps leads up to the cave entrance from the floor of the clearing and a shallow, 50-foot long oval pool sits before the entrance in the middle of the clearing.
The clearing is ringed by 15 stone pillars, all of them with ancient, weathered stone nearer the base and newly shaped stone near the top- evidence of recent restoration. The huge stag carving looks just as ancient, with centuries of weathering softening the sculpture’s hard edges.
Inside, the cave serves as a large temple to Erastil, the grand decorations outside belied by the simple but functional altar, benches, and tables inside. The place is clean and functional, served by a rotating staff of young Erastilian acolytes. Father Jhod Kavken, Veteris’s High Priest, can be found here one week per month, spending the rest of his time traveling throughout Veteris, helping the budding community develop wherever he can.