Far from a kingly manor, Jagged Hollow, Sayd’s cave dwelling, can be found far away from a side street, practically beyond the walls, a long walk down a plain path. Bright, colorful flowers grow along the way. Everyone knows the Prince lives there, but the only evidence is an increased patrol of guards who walk the grounds.
A simple gothic arch of carved oak opens on a patio, behind which a weathered looking circle of stone monoliths stands, some low enough to sit on, some taller than a man. Although they might appear to have religious significance at first, they are actually astronomical, laid out to track the progress of the heavens as the seasons change—a primitive observatory, no doubt built to please the Princess Akilina.
Down a gentle slope, a stream that cuts through the property cascades down some rocks and opens into a flowing pool, perfect for bathing. A small fire-pit with plenty of logs and rocks to sit on is positioned nearby.
A cavernous entrance by the spilling stream is well-lit by a hanging lamp. A guard stands here, watching the flitting butterflies and listen to the sound of wind-chimes handing from the low tree boughs. A stone door, of dwarven make, lies under the natural arch.
Inside, Jagged Hollow is incredibly spare, and lit mainly with phosphorescent mushrooms that cast everything in magical blue, green and purple light. A long room with a dining table, kitchen and hearth, the smoke no doubt directed through some carved chimney, is clean and homey. A small sauna contains a bath and a brazier for creating humid heat. A massage table here and a collection of perfumes and oils seem out of place with the dimly lit surroundings.
The bedroom, by contrast, contains richly dense white carpeting and is very well lit, not only by the phosphorescent plant life but by a massive dwarven skylight. It reveals the sky by day and the stars by night. A series of cranks closes shutters at the top of the shaft, for inclement weather. A plush bed is immaculately made up in white linen sheets and overthrown with warm white animal furs. Newish wardrobes, dressers and a walk in closet are almost entirely bare of clothing. The furnishings have all been imported from Brevoy in the latest styles, except for the bed itself, which is large and cut from local lumber.
In one corner, a set of bookshelves are packed to overflowing with novels, treatises, histories and maps. Books on troll lore, Brevic noble lineages, legends of the First World and descriptions of fey are all visible. A cozy chair and an end table are clearly meant for reading. There volumes are given places of special prominence and look well read: The Parables, The Eight Scrolls, and the Book of Magic, the holy texts of Erastil, Desna and Nethys, respectively. A copy of the Asmodean Monograph, no doubt a gift from Woodrow, lies nearby as well.
In another corner, a small shelf contains icons and statuettes representing Erastil, Desna, Calistria and Abadar.
A large mirror is turned towards the wall, due to the owner’s apparent distaste of his own reflection; still, since the room looks like it is soon expecting a princess, it will no doubt see use. Colorful art decorates the walls: flags from campaigns long past, artifacts from Sayd’s mercenary career, maps of the kingdom, as well as paintings and sculptures.
Jagged Hollow looks like it exists mainly for sleeping, eating, and bathing in a very secure place, considering Sayd spends most of his time exploring or working in town. There is a spare room, totally empty, that could make for a nursery if need be.