Dark & Light
- Population: 977; With most living in the farms to the west and south of the village.
- Government: Ernest Padraig is Lord of Winterhaven, residing in his family’s ancestral manor and enjoying the benefits of wealth and privilege in the tiny village. He has little real power despite his hereditary title.
- Defense: Lord Padraig commands the Winterhaven Regulars, a group of ten soldiers serving as the guards and police officers in and around the walled village. If the village is threatened, Padraig can muster about fifty civilians to aid its defense.
- Inns and Taverns: Wrafton’s Inn is the only public house in the region, offering beer, wine, and spirits as well as hearty meals and warm beds. A crowd of the local residents gather in Wrafton’s each night to drink, gossip, sing, and play games.
- Supplies: Bairwin’s Grand Shoppe offers a wide array of items for sale, including adventuring gear and occasionally common magic items. The dwarf smith Thair Coalstriker is skilled at crafting weapons and armor as well as more mundane metal items. The Market Square brings merchants and artisans from the surrounding land to sell their wares.
- Temples: The village temple is dominated by a shrine to Avandra, the god of luck and patron of explorers and frontier dwellers. Several other deities have altars in the temple as well, including Bahamut, Moradin, Pelor, and the Raven Queen.
The rutted King’s Road leads to the foot of a broad hill that holds the walled village of Winterhaven. The village is nestled in the southern foothills of the Cairngorm Peaks. The walls are weathered stone topped by defensive palisades.
Small thatched homes stand around Winterhaven, each fronting a small piece of farmland or pasture. Beyond the farms to the west and south lie dark woods, and to the north, tall mountain peaks.
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.