The "Cliff Fort Under the Clouds", Machike'Shikumo is both a fortified town (dating back to the Dark Elf exodus from the surface at the end of the Moons Age) and a surface colony on the rim of the Nidavellir.
Abandoned for reasons long forgotten, lost in the dark ages of drow history, this town is located next to an ancient fortress known as Fustin'darun, which has recently been recoved and occupied by the Sarghress Highland Raiders for use as an outpost on the way to the surface. The town is further protected by an eternal thick mist, which may or may not offer some clue as to why it was abandoned.
Through deals made between Rosof and Quain'tana centuries ago, the Sarhress control this city and use it as a base of operations for surface campaigns. A colony is situated directly above the city, where dark elven children are being born.
Fustin'darun is the stronghold located in the proximity of Machike'Shikumo and currently used as a Highland Raider outpost. Left undisturbed for such a long time, the fortress has recently become a target for intrepid relic hunters looking for valuable artifacts that might remain undiscovered (or, better yet, discovered and stored in some easily accessed room). For those willing to risk attempting to sneak past the Sarghress guards, the lure of long lost treasures can prove too great to resist.
It should be noted that people have a tendancy to refer to both the town itself and the fort as Machike'Shikumo, despite the fact that it is the name of the town only. Whether this is because of the proximity, awareness of Fustin'darun is not that great or simply to avoid suspicion in planning a relic hunt (since the fortress is a military occupied structure) is unknown.
This article reflects events up to chapter 51.