The mountains of Fjelden are rife with dangers for the unwary traveller.
Goblin tribes make war on one another, on the lowland kobolds, on their snow elf neighbours—and attack anyone foolish enough to stray too close to their hunting grounds. And, even if one can manage to survive or avoid them, there is still the ever-present threat of the barbarians and brigands lurking in the hills.
Still, a job is a job, and an adventurer has to eat. That’s why you’re here, in this bleak and unforgiving land. In fact, you had just collected your gold—and started to head south to warmer climes—when the attack came.
You survived, perhaps only barely, and were forced to retreat to a nearby village. One that doesn’t seem to follow the rules of this hostile mountain country.
Stonehaven is different. Nestled between the lake and the gently rolling foothills, cradled in its sheltered bay and watched over by the great castle known as the Spire, the picturesque village seems out of place in Fjelden. The people here fear nothing; their lord protects them from any threat, the fields are surprisingly fertile, and the guardian golems stand by to serve them.
You have heard of this place, you realise. Travellers speak of it, late at night, when the talk turns to curiosities and mysteries. It is popular with what few tourists Fjelden can boast; some drawn by the promise of safety in a perilous land, others by tales of the intricately crafted golems and the majestic towers of the Spire. No outsider has ever entered the castle, but it is a truly impressive sight.
However, there is a darker side to the tales of the village and the Spire. Some claim that some people are allowed within the walls of the castle–but anyone who goes inside is never seen again. Others mention the strange tranquillity of the people, saying that it seems unnatural. And, of course, the cynics like to say that nothing in the world could possibly be as perfect as Stonehaven seems to be.
And who knows? Maybe there’s some truth in that.
Hosted and narrated by:
Mysterious Stranger (Furare)
Scenes played: 12
License: Community License