O.S.M. and Friends
Greenval: Numerous mines dot the mountains around this small village, most miners have left these mines (but not their claims) to work for the high wages being paid in Mornford. This village is also known for its green mountain apples that grow in the lush valley soil, as well as the district apple brandy and cider produced from these apples. Greenval was built on the ruins of a much larger Thaeten setlment.
• Cider and Brandy production has nearly doubled in the past years to keep up with demand from Mornford, prices have also increased but the cost is still less than shipping wine from Horon or ale from Reavespoint. To further increase production the town built a new cider press and distillery at the recently built guildhall.
• Greenval prides itself on its independence and self-reliance. It maintains its own militia and though nominally under the protection of the legion they often dispense “mountain justice” on a black stump three miles south of town on Ravenshill overlooking the Hawks road.
• Greenvals population is predominantly dark haired and dark eyed from years of interbreeding with the mountain folk, it is said when a tribe has too many mouths to feed they “trade” their young ladies to Greenval widowers.
• Greenval has some less than reputable merchants that will buy goods under the table and then sell them in Freetower. Its rumored some of these merchants make trips to Mornford as well and have a “Midnight Market” for those with goods to sell.
• When the Legion first retook Greenval the valley was crawling with orcs who served a orc king who kept his court among the ruins. His treasury was filled with Thaeten artifacts. About 40 years ago a group of sell swords found an untouched trove of the orc king in a secret vault a day’s ride south east of town and rumors persist other vaults exist.
Relfron: Before the Dwarf Road was opened this village served as a key stop on the way to Greenval but now see’s little travel now that the Greenval mines move their goods through Mornford. Relfron is still known for its specialty cheese and its expert silver smiths.
• The Relfon Cheese is said to aid memory and eyesight and is a popular among the upper crust of Arden, which have driven prices out of the reach of most common men.
• A lot of the tradesmen have left Relfron to head to Mornford, but most of the silversmiths have stayed plying their trade and sending it to Reavespoint and Arden for sale.
• The few small mines near Relfron are the oldest in the valley but have produced very little silver over the year and have been all but abandoned with the opening of the Mornford mines. It is said goblins lair in the dark recesses of these mines and these goblins are blamed when things go missing in town.
• A wizard called Havlen Dor dwells in a small manor located just on the edge of town, the wizard has never been considered a great power , but takes apprentices and normally has three or four.
Sutterford: A small Inn and village still stand at the Sutterford Bridge but both have hit hard times due to lack of traffic on the road. A few farmers still stay on, but more than half the buildings are abandoned and in disrepair. A watchtower still stand at the base of the Sutterbridge, but the 25 man garrison has been reduced to only 5 permanent men and the patrols through town are very infrequent.
• The Golden Oak was the largest inn in Sutterford, but has been boarded up for the last two years after the owner died and his heir couldn’t afford the overhead. Vagrants must be using the Inn because some night’s lights can been seen from it.
• Most of the folk who remanded in Sutterford are human and followers of the old ways, the church still stands, but the druidic circle to the east of town sees more visitors and most of the dwarves moved to Mornford.
• The Bridge was built in Thaeten times and despite its weathered look is as strong as the day it was built. It is considered good luck to toss a copper into the Fillian from the bridges highest point.
• About a month back two guards from a caravan disappeared during a night spent in Sutterford, some folk say they got drunk and fell in the river, but they were reliable men and the caravan master claims foul play.
Vadiston: A small village that serves as the gateway to the mountain mines and the terminus of the “Silverway”. Vadiston holds a large garrison in its keep built on the mountain side overlooking the village. Vadiston has grown significantly to support the increase of caravans bringing supplies to Mornford or silver from the mines.
• The garrison commander of the Vadiston legion is a no-nonsense man named Gulston, who has cracked down on discipline in his six years in the position which hasn’t made him popular with his troops or the more rambunctious members of the community.
• It is illegal to consume alcohol in a public place or public house after 9 PM in Vadiston. Gulston instituted this mandate to cut down on public drunkenness and keep his soldiers sober.
• Vadiston buries its dead in an underground crypt assessable through a small chapel devoted to Tanis, the crypts wind deep into the mountain and it is said that some of the deepest crypts have been the target of grave robbers.
• The Desertion rates are high among the Vadiston garrison, more than a few men have gone “missing” on patrols. Gulston employees two “Owls” Furion and Dorthar to track these men down.
Freetower: Located outside of the protection of the Grey Legion, this small trading post is the center of trade for those merchants brave enough to travel this far south on the Hawkroad. The majority of the small population lives within the caverns dug into the mountain. Freetower has its own mercenary militia under the command of the self-styled Lord General Kostaine, an aging dwarven mercenary who founded the town near two decades ago.
• Kostaine cleared the old Thaeten Guard tower that stood at the site with a small band of men then repaired the walls and secured the caverns. What most people don’t know is Kostaine served under Everon and used the spoils from sacking Lake Haven to found the building of Freetower.
• Almost anything can be bought or sold in Freetower, Kostaine cares little if an item is stolen, contraband, or dug from a grave, as long as he gets his cut. The one exception is slaves.
• Surprisingly Freetower has a small church dedicated to the Twelve overseen by four well-meaning young monks.
• Keeping on Kostaines good side is the wisest way to do business in Freetower, Kostaine puts up a front of civility in Freetower to encourage trade, but more than one merchant who tried to pull one over on him has disappeared in the night.
• Orcs and Goblins are not unheard of in the market of Freetower. Kostaine only bars entry to those who have caused problems or can’t pay the gate tax.
• Kostaine pays a small annual tribute to the Witch Zaga, not in gold but in the form of men and women.
• Kostaine is a spy in the payroll of the Lords Council in Arden, otherwise why would the legion lets this place survive. Tri Hammer and the other get their cut from Kostaine in the form of information.