Against the coming storm
Winterhaven is a former colony of Gloomwrought, which lost its trade connection to the city more than a hundred years ago. Now it is a hardscrabble bunch of survivors eking out a living between undead incursions. Whether it remains a true holdfast of the living in the land of the dead, or has transitioned into something darker remains to be seen.
- Population: 977; this includes those that live in the surrounding countryside. The people of Winterhaven are predominantly human. with a scattering of dwarf families, and a handful of individuals of other common races, including a couple of elves.
- Government: Ernest Padraig, the Lord Winterhaven is descended from the noble family that ruled the area under edict of Prince Rolan.
- Defense: The Winterhaven Loyalists. The Lord’s core group of soldier / enforcers who perform guard and police functions in and around the walled portion of the village. To augment this force, Winterhaven can muster a group of about fifty civilians, given a day’s notice.
- Goods: An underground hot spring feeds the town with fresh water, and seems to keep the surrounding area clear enough of cold to allow some farming. Fishing from the nearby lake and river provide additional food. A quarry used to provide material goods, but it has been overrun.
- Economy: Enough surplus is created to provide resupply for the occasional caravan passing between the various Domains and Holdfasts, in exchange for worked goods. Local smithy provides some repair and upkeep. Trade is in barter or Terms.
- Religion: The only official temple is to the Silver Flame, though many citizens have small shrines to various aspects of the Sovereign Host in their homes.
- Bairwin Wildarson (Human) – Proprietor of Bairwin’s Grand Shoppe. Claims to have traveled the world.
- Delphina Moongem (Elf) – Delphina turned away from the forest of her elven roots to live an urban life, if Winterhaven can truly be called such. She sells wildflowers in the market.
- Eilian the Old (Dwarf) – This old farmer is a regular customer at Wrafton’s, can’t seem to shut up about the past.
- Lord Ernest Padraig (Human) – Lord of Winterhaven, descended from the noble family that ruled the area under the edict of the Prince Rolan.
- Sister Linora (Human) – Priest of The Silver Flame. Holds services in the temple three times a week.
- Rond Kelfem (Human) – Captain of the Winterhaven Loyalists (militia).
- Ninaran (Elf): A quiet elf hunter who usually drinks alone,
- Salvana Wrafton (Human) – Proprietor of the Wrafton Inn, she is friendly, open and quick with a smile.
- Thair Coalstriker (Dwarf) – The burly and surly local blacksmith.
- Valthrun (Human) – A local sage and scholar who lives in the tower within Winterhaven’s walls.
- Outer Gates and Walls – Always closed and barred, the outer gate is policed by at least three guards, while more patrol the walls.
- Wrafton’s Inn – A run down inn and tavern, Wrafton’s serves as the local public house for the region. Like alehoues everywhere, Wrafton’s Inn offers moonshine spirits, hardtack and other sad (but not quite rotten) fare. Meals are served for those with the coin, and beds for travelers are available. A crowd of villagers gathers each night to drink, sing, gossip, gamble and fight.
- Market Square – Once a week the outlying survivors bring their goods to trade here. Sometimes slaves are traded, as well. People being punished for various crimes are left in overhanging cages. Executions are not uncommon and widely attended.
- Stables – On market days these stables are filled with mounts and beasts of burden. Travelers can stable their mounts here for a modest price.
- Smithy – A dwarf named Thair Coalstriker owns the local smithy.
- Valthrun’s Tower – This five-story structure is the tallest building in Winterhaven and rumored to predate the village itself. Valthrun, a sage and scholar, inhabits the top two levels.
- Bairwin’s Grand Shoppe – Has a variety of standard goods and gear available. Occasionally dabbles in rare and exotic items.
- Guild Hall – Private building where members of the militia and others meet.
- Tenements – The large tenement structure features apartments for the village residents who don’t own farms or who work in the businesses within the village walls.
- Temple – Formerly an ecumenical buildings (somewhat scoured vestiges remain from long ago purges), this is now a temple solely to the Silver Flame.
- Inner Gate – The inner gate is closed and guarded by several Winterhaven guards during the daytime.
- Siege Supplies – Though it hasn’t happened in a couple of years, on occasion when Winterhaven comes under attack villagers seek refuge inside the walled keep and subsist on the supplies stored here.
- Barracks – This military-style barracks is home to The Winterhaven Loyalists.
- Manor House – Rising from the hilltop, this grand manor house was built when Winterhaven was an outpost of Gloomwrought. Currently the home of Lord Padraig, his wife and their four sons. It is an impressive example of stone architecture, looming over a village otherwise comprised of thatch and wood.