Thread: Setting
Board: Sword and Sorcery Story
Group: Players
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posted... Setting 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 7:37 AM (PBW Time)

  The Dessarin Valley, a lightly settled region of caravan towns, isolated homesteads, and uninhabited wilderness just a week’s journey from Waterdeep. Residents in places such as Red Larch or Triboar boast that their humble settlements are “the Gateway to the North.” Through these lands pass hundreds of caravans and keelboats each year, linking the great ports of Waterdeep and Neverwinter with places such as Everlund, Mirabar, or Silverymoon. The steady caravan traffic breathes life into the towns of this area, supporting businesses in the settlements along the Long Road. Inns cater to travelers anxious to sleep safely within sturdy walls and enjoy good food by a warm fire instead of camping by the side of the road.

Minor issues are nothing unusual in the Dessarin Valley, from bands of savage humanoids from the Sword Mountains or the Evermoors, to bandits gathering in the lonelier parts of the vale to waylay caravans traveling the Long Road or the Kheldell Path. But six months ago, an insidious new threat began to grow in the area, unsuspected by the locals...

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posted... Red Larch 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 7:39 AM (PBW Time)

  Red Larch has been an important stop on the Long Road for two centuries now. Named for a distinctive stand of red larch trees that were cut down when the hamlet was founded, Red Larch is a prosperous community facing dark times. The heart of the Sumber Hills has become far more dangerous, with monsters lurking seemingly everywhere. Banditry is on the rise, and the weather seems to be getting more severe and more unpredictable. The townsfolk fear that dangerous times are at hand, but no one seems to know what to do about it. The inhabitants of Red Larch have become so frightened by the recent “dark doings” that rather than showing typical frontier reticence, they helpfully babble about everything they’ve seen and heard. Most hope to convince adventurers to investigate and put an end to the current troubles.

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posted... All Faiths Shrine 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 7:40 AM (PBW Time)

  The Allfaiths Shrine is a wayside shrine used by many faiths and owned by none. Priests shuttle out from Waterdeep in pairs for month-long stays. The most frequent combinations are Sune and Selûne, Tymora and Lathander, and Tempus and Oghma.

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posted... The Swinging Sword 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 7:43 AM (PBW Time)

  This inn is a three-story stone structure, crowned by a steep slate roof that bristles with many chimneys. An inn yard with stables and outbuildings lies behind the building. While the Helm at Highsun is the place to hear Red Larchers unwind, the Swinging Sword is the polite social hub and neutral meeting ground of Red Larch. The proprietor of the Swinging Sword is Kaylessa Irkell.

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posted... the Helm At highsun  
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 7:44 AM (PBW Time)

  Rusty metal grills cover the dirty windows of this ramshackle two-story tavern. Inside is a large, dimly lit, wood-paneled taproom where locals relax, gossip, flirt, and tell the stories of their working days. It’s not a place for refined dining.

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posted... Yolantha's 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 7:51 AM (PBW Time)

  This is a three-story, dilapidated "boarding house" which is very welcoming.

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posted... Thelorn's Safe Journeys 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 7:52 AM (PBW Time)

  The foremost wagonmaker in this region, Thelorn’s is a busy, always-bustling place. The quality of Thelorn’s wagons is well known.

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posted...  Chansyrl Fine Harness  
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:17 AM (PBW Time)

  The pungent smell of tanned and oiled leather fills this crowded workshop, whose walls display leather saddles and harnesses, as well as stylish leather jackets, caps, boots, leggings, and armor.

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posted... Helvur Tarnlar, clothier 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:21 AM (PBW Time)

  Tarnlar’s is the only place to buy quality clothing for a hundred miles around. The clothing, boots, and accessories sold here are all fine, warm, and sturdy.

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posted...  Lorren’s BAkery 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:22 AM (PBW Time)

  This aromatic, tidy bakery always has fresh round loaves and buns for sale. Its specialty is cheese-topped buns with melted mushroom cheese. All of his fresh produce is from outlying local farms.

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posted... Tantur Smithy 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:27 AM (PBW Time)

  The din of forge hammers rings out from this soot-stained building, whose skilled smiths can make or repair almost anything that requires no specialized alloys or treatments.

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posted... Jalessa Ornra, butcher 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:29 AM (PBW Time)

  These four identical single-story stone buildings are the workplace, shop, and home of Jalessa Ornra. Her husband Harburk Tuthmarillar is Red Larch’s constable. Red Larch doesn’t have a jail or court, so Harburk employs four of Jalessa’s laborers as assistant constables. Harburk believes there are evil groups in the Sumber Hills, but he isn’t sure just what is out there. Adventurers who could go investigating where he dares not would be a godsend.

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posted... Quarry Office 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:31 AM (PBW Time)

  This plain, dusty building is the business office of the busy Dornen quarry, run by Elak Dornen. Dornen is a hard master to some twenty workers, and he insists on keeping careful records.

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posted... Ironhead Arms 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:33 AM (PBW Time)

  This is run by former sellsword and caravan guard Ironhead, this shop deals in arms and armor, both new and used.

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posted... Mhandyvver’s Poultry  
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:36 AM (PBW Time)

  The shop for the poultry ranch on the outskirts of town. Selling fresh chickens, choice cuts and of course eggs.

The shop is run by "Minny" although her adult children look after the actual ranch.

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posted... Gaelkur's 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:39 AM (PBW Time)

  This seedy wooden building serves as Red Larch’s used tools and goods shop, its barber, and an unofficial second tavern for locals. In addition to providing grooming, Marlandro Gaelkur deals in used (and sometimes shady) items with no questions asked.

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posted... Safe Stores 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:44 AM (PBW Time)

  Owned and run by Albaeri Melikho, four identical, well-built warehouses stand here in ground covered in raked gravel and cinders. The warehouses are guarded by armed guards non-stop.

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posted... The Market 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:48 AM (PBW Time)

  This muddy, well-used field is ringed with outhouses and rings of stones that have obviously been used as cook-fires or trash burn sites. Once a tenday, farmers drive in from homesteads miles away to sell all manner of in-season produce, cheese, cider and cider vinegar, and last year’s pickled beets in jugs.

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posted... Odd's n Sod's 
on Sun 17 Nov 2019 @ 8:53 AM (PBW Time)

  Endrith Vallivoe is a retired caravan merchant who sells new and used goods from his home. Almost anything might be available to buy here, buried under heaps of other stuff.
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