Rangers of the North
The Tateshalla is a vast Northman hall. Over 90’ long and 50’ wide, it has a traditional construction, including dark-grey granite pillars and golden tree trunks. The cylindrical pillars are 5’ wide and 30’ tall, set 1 5 ’ apart. Each has carved banding selling out panels 2’ high, each panel bearing a unique decorative motif. Between the pillars are stripped whole trunks of a golden hue set vertically. Each trunk is at least 2’ thick and trimmed so that it has the same thickness top and bottom. The trunks are unadorned, but seem polished or varnished. The roof is made of massive overlapping planks at least 4" thick of the same golden, honeyed wood. It is easy indeed to believe that the hall is roofed with gold!
At the western end two steps lead up to the huge doors. These doors, each 15’ high and 7’ wide, are square and shod with copper sheaths, bright and polished as the day they were erected. This is true of the entire hall – it seems completely unweathered and untouched by centuries of exposure to Nature and the elements. The doors are exquisitely beaten into panels depicting King Gotshelm, the Numenorean mage Olpessa and many princes, princesses and knights of Gotshelm’s realm. These panels are bordered by enamelled designs in bright colors. There is neither handle nor lock on the doors, but they are so tightly shut that not even the insidious northern winds can get in.