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295 Red Flower Crossroads

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore The place where two major merchant roads intersect is often the birthplace of a small settlement or sometimes even a town. Crossroads hamlets appear organically in an unplanned way and grow at the pace of travelers and merchant who frequent that path. The more commerce and travelers the larger the settlement as it becomes a staple in the middle of larger cities and it becomes more desirable to live there. The small hamlet known as Red Flower Crossroad was born when a group of three travelers had to camp out for a month in the wild because one of them had an injured leg. The merchant refused to return to the city until he was well enough to walk on his own. He claimed that going home to the wife in such condition was like admitting a defeat. While…

294 Nestwing Catacomb

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore The Nestwing Family was an important group in the area a few hundred years ago. The head of the family held a position equivalent to a duke and they were rich, for their time’s standards. The family name disappeared over the years after a few unfruitful marriages and the unfortunate deaths of the last remaining male members of the family. The bloodline continued and they still have descendants to this day but the family name was lost to time. Over the years, the power they once had vanished and nothing remains to this day. A long-forgotten catacomb is the last remaining piece of evidence of the once-powerful family. The catacomb was located under their large estate but nothing remains of it, only the underground chambers of the catacomb. The area is overgrown with plants as nature slowly reclaims the…

293 Apothecary Shop

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore Everybody knows where to go when things go wrong and sickness takes over. People know they must find Oolin, the apothecary, and get his latest remedy against pretty much anything that afflicts the body and mind. Some used to think that Oolin’s remedies were nothing but a fraud. A trap for the superstitious. A scam for the unwary. Some people got better, others did not. Such is the nature of medicinal aids and remedies. But then, about two months ago, the number of people getting better and overcoming their diseases increased beyond everyone’s expectations. Since then, Oolin’s treatments have solved a lot of people’s problems and now the shop’s popularity is soaring. The apothecary shop is located outside of town near the farmlands. It is a two-story building with a balcony above the main entrance. An irregular stone path…

290 Planetarium

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore The Underdark is not a hospitable place. Although various races such as Drow, Dwarves, and Svirfneblin have all found their way to inhabit these dark, huge, compounds of caves, the Underdark is a vast land of danger. There is no sunlight nor fresh air to make any flowers bloom. There are no safe spots to sleep or rest either, unless it is a city. And even cities are dangerous as well, for drow and duergar are not the kindest of races to outsiders. One of the facts about the Underdark that causes the most skillful and experienced adventurers tremble is the fear of the unknown. Many uncharted locations in these deep, wicked caves are intimidating to any would-be explorer. Demons and evil creatures dwell in the depths of the Underdark lurking, stalking, ready to creep up on anyone foolish…

291 Guild’s Trials

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore The Broken Hilt Adventurers’ Guild is the place to start for up an coming adventurers and mercenaries. The guild has so many active members that together form a considerable force. If they could act as a single unit they would be a terrific shock unit in times of war and troubles. That is nonsense, however. The guild is a disorganized faction that employs all kinds of people who would never follow orders or give their life for a city unpaid. Such is the nature of adventurers. The guild receives jobs and bounties and then offers these mission to active members. High-raking individuals within the organization have the privilege of access to high pay bounties. As contracts are less profitable, they are handed down to newer members. A new member could go days or weeks without an available contract. But…

289 Sinav Cliff

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore Sinav Cliff is unlike any other settlement. The fact that makes it unique is the accepted presence of undead humanoid creatures among the population. For others, this travesty is the worst of horrors one could imagine. The mere thought of living among undead abominations makes the bravest fear of their lives. But this is a common and also unavoidable occurrence in Sinav Cliff. Sinav Cliff is located on the cliffs of the great Daedalus Mountain. The most prominent feature of the city is the colossal sculpted face on the mountainside. It depicts the visage of a skeletal face with a crown. People call the skeleton on the mountain Daedalus but scholars claim that the real name of the figure is a different one. The grandiose sculpture also features an abjuration spell that makes it impervious to the elements. Because…

288 The Fancy Lynx

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE There is an old saying that says that everybody has their own poison. In big cities, people are prone to vice and corruption; Glaham is not the exception. It is a cosmopolitan city, harboring people from various different races. This is a city that has a lively nightlife, from 24-hour inns to brothels and taverns, Glaham always has something to offer regardless of the time of the day. The Fancy Lynx is one of those establishments. It opens every day. Its owner, Gal Vadriz, is a business mastermind. He is a human who is not afraid of making big investments. The Fancy Lynx building was not popular at all a few years ago. Even though the building is huge and big enough to serve more than a hundred guests, its foundations hold a very uncomfortable secret. Many years past, there was…

287 Chapel of the Bountiful Harvest

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore A city, surrounded by rolling hills and farmlands, depends on the work of peasant workers and farmers to subsist through the winter. The closest large settlement is two weeks down the northern road. Too far to depend on them for supplies during the harsh winter. The city is “one ruined harvest” away from a catastrophe every year. It is also something that looms over the minds of many as the prospect of winter with food shortage is always close. It has happened before. Many times. Twice in recent memory, the lack of food has caused the death of scores of peasants. Starving in the cold season indoors is a frugal way to go. To remedy the situation, the cityfolk turned to faith in an attempt to balance the odds in their favor. The local church humored them. The priest,…

286 Mal Capital

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore Mal is a metropolis-size settlement by the Greenhue River. It has a population of twenty-five thousand people. Most of them of human heritage but a variety of other races are also represented in smaller proportions. The walls that surround the city are 30-feet-tall. the white bricks have earned the place several nicknames over generations but the city is widely known as Mal, the Capital. The walls form a geometric layout. Two concentric circles behind which layers of social strata hide from the outside world. A third wall-circle on the northwest end of the city houses the richest cityfolk in Jollyfen District. This is where Mal Palace is located; the home of Queen Galiana, the ruler of Mal. Queen Galiana d’Averus comes from an affluent family of royals which has ruled over Mal for the past eight generations. Before then,…

285 The Sage from Beyond

DON’T FORGET TO VISIT OUR MAP INDEX AND OUR PATREON FUNDING PAGE Background Lore Saint Huber’s Island is a rather small patch of land in the middle of the open sea. In fact, it does not appear in most maps and most seafaring folks ignore its existence. Looking for this location in the sea is a herculean labor with terrible odds for finding it. A scholar or someone versed in the use of libraries and research will have an easier time finding references to this location. There are even old leather maps from earlier civilizations in the largest libraries. Only accessible to those willing to dive into the oldest tomes for days and days until the elusive references make themselves available. The name of the island has nothing to do with its past use. The original name is not known. The new name only follows a naming convention for small islands in the…