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This is a picture of the then Lord Dan of the noble house of Dan with his son and heir Dephensor Dan. Legutus Dan, the adult shown, was the lord of the house until he retired in 1989 and handed the position over to his son Dephensor Dan, D. Dan's father.
In the picture, it is the spring of 1958. Lord Dan and his son Dephensor Dan are taking a stroll in the courtyard of what was then the manor of the noble Dan family. At the time they were still living in Adleria and have yet to move to the United Vineland Kingdoms. Dephensor is pointing to one of their pet griffons acting silly on the other end of the courtyard. Both are wearing clothing made of different kinds of silk. Dephensor's is more simple and casual whereas Legutus' is more detailed and intricate with varying layers. He is also wearing some armor over and under his clothing along with one of his favorite swords he carries in everyday affairs. More for show and status of rank and wealth than actual use.
The building in the back of them is the administrative hall (for finance to be more specific) of the noble family's manor. It is a stone and timber building with large tile roofs. The roofs are decorated with stylized decorations of the Adlerian phoenix with wings spread behind it and blended into the roof. There are 8 in all for each corner of each roof. The top of the roof has a decoration that runs along the full length of the roof ridge. It is covered in gold and meant for show. The building is three floors in height and separated in two main sections.
The statue is an Adlerian sculpture of a common species of griffon in the area with a battle collar around its neck, its paws spread as though to pounce intruders. It is carved from a local green marble with a beak, eyes and paws plated in oxidized copper. The collar is made of solid bronze and the statue sits on a platform made of dense stone covered on the outside with slabs of rounded polished marble slabs.
The retaining garden wall near the figures are also made of polished marble slabs. And these stones stack over even denser stone. The garden is filled with trimmed bushes and bonsai looking trees that are actually a species of tree found in Adleria that can grow in various size depending on on the size of the area and other conditions. The standing stones are like a cross between Celtic standing stones found over much of Europe and the Jade stones found in various Asian countries. They are made of various stone but, like the Jade stones of Asia, area referred to as the same stone. In Adleria's case, they are referred to as wind stones. A few larger wind stones are seen in the background in the hills along with a common Adlerian species of fir tree.
Up the stairs would be the main hall of the family where the living quarters would be at. In Adlerian manor architecture, the living quarters and family temples tend to be on the top of a man made or authentic hill. The next level down would be administrative halls on the mid level areas follow by visitor and staff living quarters at the bottom levels.