The northernmost point of the Dortin peninsula appears forested from far off, but in fact has been a thriving part of the city for half a millennia. This is the elven neighborhood, called Treetown for its elegant treehouses, home of the city’s small elf population, who also run a variety of businesses on the ground, including notably a tea house, surf shop and brewery. Treetown is sometimes also called Surfers’ Beach, after the city’s best stretch of lakeshore for swimming, surfing, and parasailing, the favorite recreation of Elves. Dortin’s Halflings live in the buildings on the ground in the Treetown area, as well as elsewhere; Halflings are the most widely accepted of the city’s non-human races.
Treetown is the location of the city’s best beaches, where the Restored Piers provide a sunny, breezy place to walk in the spray, watch the waves, and hang out at the old Morgan Lighthouses (a popular spot for lovers). The beaches are also beloved by surfers, most of whom are Elves, who use luxuriously painted and carved boards of northern hardwood from Longears. Dortin’s Elves live in large, sprawling treehouses, each of which is shared by several families. In some cases, these have been ‘grown’ for over 400 years, since the time that the bulk of the city’s Elves immigrated during and after the chaos of the War of 600. The treehouses occupy elevations from 50 to several hundred feet off the ground, and they are mostly organic in construction, though generations of Elves have added structural elements of more conventional materials, most notably Elven Glass, the crystal for which the Elves of River Tower are famed. Walkways crisscross the neighborhood; these are no mere rope bridges, but solid crystal spars that arc gracefully through space. The Elves also operate a few businesses on the ground, but most of the surface is occupied by Halflings, who have built burrows and cottages throughout the area and operate several businesses. The westernmost groves are thinly populated, and The Ruins begin on the surface before the treehouses end in the canopy.