The Scouring Of The Vale
The rutted King’s Road leads to the foot of a broad hill that holds the walled village of Winterhaven. The village is nestled in the southern foothills of the Cairngorm Peaks. The walls are weathered stone topped by defensive palisades. Small thatched homes stand around Winterhaven, each fronting a small piece of farmland or pasture. Beyond the farms to the west and south lie dark woods, and to the north, tall mountain peakes.
Leadership: Lord Ernest Padraig
Demographics: The population of Winterhaven is predominantly human, with a scattering of dwarf families, and a handful of individuals of other common races, including a couple of elves.
Economics: Winterhaven is primarily an agricultural village based on barter and trade, though Lord Padraig keeps a monetary system afloat with his own coin. Adventurers should have no trouble purchasing appropriate items for which they have sufficient coin.
Inns & Taverns: Wrafton’s Inn
Bairwin’s Grand Shoppe, Market Square
Temples: Temple of Avandra
Places of Note
2. Wrafton’s Inn Owner: Salvana Wrafton
This spacious inn and tavern serves as the public house for the region. Like alehouses everywhere Inn offers beer, wine, and, on occasion, spirits. Meals are served for those with the coin, and beds for travelers are available. A crowd of villagers gathers each night to drink, gossip, sing, and play games of chance.
3. Market Square
Every other day or so, carts and wagons gather in the square and offer goods to the people of Winterhaven. Once each week, the official Market Day acts as a siren’s song, calling most of the villagers to shop and socialize in the square. Farmers sell produce, hunters hawk smoked meats, villagers sell crafts, and sometimes a trader from the east sells implements or costly goods.
On market days these stables are filled with mounts and other beasts of burden used by sellers to haul wares. Travelers can stable their mounts here for 2 sp per day.
5. Smithy Owner: Thair Coalstriker
Thair sells a variety of mundane wares here, including spikes, weapons, heavy armor, and so on. Simple weapons are readily available, but military weapons require one day to complete, and superior weapons require a week of work.
6. Valthrun’s Tower Owner: Valthrun the Prescient
This five-story structure is the highest building in Winterhaven. The tower is rumored to be over 300 years old, and Valthrun the Prescient is its most recent resident.
7. Bairwin’s Grand Shoppe Owner: Bairwin Wildarson
Bairwin had a variety of items available for sale in his shop. He was found to be a cultist of Orcus and was slain by the party.
14. Manor House
This grand manor home was built when Winterhaven was an outpost of the Nerath Empire. Staffed by five servants an outpost of the Nerath Empire. Staffed by five servants, the manor house where Lord Padraig, his wife, and their four sons live is a beautiful example of stone architecture in a village otherwise composed of thatch and wood.