Under the Cairngorms at the west end of the Nentir Vale
lies the remote town of Winterhaven. Like Fallcrest, Winterhaven
is a small town surrounded by a few miles of farmland and pastures.
Most residents of Winterhaven have never traveled beyond
the village vale. The majority of villagers are farmers,
though the walled heart of Winterhaven employs various
craftspeople as well. Wagons occasionally head east down
old King’s Road from Winterhaven to find trade with the
next village, which lies five days away. Sometimes wagons
come into Winterhaven, causing the villagers to excitedly
gather in the Market Square to hear news of the outside
world and to buy new and exotic goods. They are major trading partners with Fallcrest and Hammerfast.
Leadership: Abaddon, the Lord of Winterhaven,
is descended from the noble family that ruled the area
under edict of the old empire. Folks around Winterhaven
were happy with Lord Abaddon’s father’s authority, and they
have found answering to the rules of the new lord no more
Abaddon commands the Winterhaven Regulars, a core
group of 30 soldiers who perform guard and police functions
in and around the walled portion of the village. The
Regulars patrol in pairs. To augment this force, Abaddon
can muster a group of about 100 civilians, given a day’s
notice. However, he can only do this if the village itself is
threatened—the villagers have no desire to patrol the road
beyond the farms.
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 Abaddon
keeps a monetary system afloat with his own coin. Adventurers
should have no trouble purchasing appropriate
items for which they have sufficient coin.