This particular castle and village was built on the ruins of at least three previous civilizations. There are remains of medieval architecture, including several Gothic-like structures similar to large churches and such, as well as some typical castle ruins and fortifications. Some of the later structures were built on top of ruins, sometimes to the side if it was partially collapsed. These ruins date hundreds of years back in time. The next older ruins came from an obscure "Classical"-like civilization from several thousands of years before. Finally, the oldest ruins date back at least ten thousand years. They are monumental in scale, and cover the whole site, similar to the great pyramids at Giza or the ruins at Teotihuacan, Mexico. They are also not, technically, architectural ruins, but ruins of an ancient technological device from an ancient science that evolved differently from our sciences, and not understood by the present-day inhabitants of the site. These ruins are arranged in a giant circle, the center of which is roughly, the largest, highest towers of the castle. The ribbed structures in the foreground radiate from the center. Some are in ruins, and some have been built upon.
The technology is at least roughly understood as some sort of giant resonating device, perhaps used to generate power. It is also understood that this ancient science had, at it's disposal, a set of laws and formulas which allowed the users to control gravity through harmonic resonance. Elders who live in the village devote much time to studying the ancient ruins and trying to re-develop the unknown theories.
The current civilization, of course, harnesses power through hydro-power and geothermal sources. The central castle structure is actually on an island surrounded by cascading waterfalls, and the village is surrounded by small and large streams, rivers, and various waterfalls. There is a reservoir upstream which provides water for drinking and irrigation. The agricultural fields are to the right. There are numerous hot springs in the area due to the volcanic geology, and some of these are tapped for power.
The oldest civilization may have been destroyed by an enormous and unimaginable disaster spawned from the heavens, a cosmic calamity, also misunderstood, but spoken of vaguely in legends and ancient scripts. The nearby planets drop hints at what may have happened, but no one knows for sure.
Technical Description: Drawn in pencil on 8 and a half by 11 inch paper, scanned, cleaned up, and gently color-toned.
Architectural styles and various influences include: North European medieval and Gothic town architecture, European hill towns, the monumental architecture of the world's most ancient sites, such as Giza and Teotihuacan, tiny bits of classical architecture, a little bit of retro-futurism, the fantasy architecture of video game culture, and of course, World War Two battleships!! Mixed into the stew is my own evolving fantasy style with bizarre roof shapes and giant A-frames, such as the building which the biggest bridge to the left connects to, on the left. I may do additional detail work later, but I present it "as-is". The paper is completely worn out in some places, so I can't work on this much more without destroying the paper!