A hoary old tower that serves as the lair of a necromancer, but not is all as it seems.
I know a guy who says he found a tower in the woods and saw a man fall out the window - straight up!
Sid and Jir were childhood friends growing up in the same town on the ocean. Both creative geniuses, both with the need to be better than the other. Many will tell you that this friendship created their genius while others realized, in hindsight, that it spelled the lands doom.
Elves use nature as strength and borrow from the trees to keep them living. An elf out of the forest for more than a day begins to die and within 3 days is dead without borrowing the strength of nature.