The Clutch of Verthandi
Corruption – 1; Crime – 2; Economy + 0; Law + 0; Lore + 0; Society – 1
Qualities insular, strategic location
Danger + 0
Population 80 (60 elves, 10 half-elves, 10 other)
Minister Ulmace Zelkova (N male elf aristocrat)
Diplomat Reina (LN female elf expert)
Woodsman Vance (CG male half-elf ranger)
Base Value 550 gp; Purchase Limit 2,500 gp; Spellcasting 3rd
Minor Items 2d4; Medium Items 1d4; Major Items –
Ardyn is an Elven logging community located within the Feywood. The village was named after the elf explorer who founded it, and originally served a resource camp that shipped lumber down the Greatfalls River to be used for firewood, construction, shipbuilding, and other efforts of the Elven Occupation. Even after the elves were pushed back, Ardyn remained a free settlement that managed its own needs without being incorporated into the northern kingdoms. The settlement initially extracted far more lumber than it could replace, but since the end of the Occupation the villagers have developed a strong connection to the mystical inhabitants of the Feywood. As a result, they now work hard to maintain the balance between harvesting resources and preserving the forest.
Ardyn has seen hardship on numerous occasions, including monster attacks, harassment from the fey that reside in the forest, and most recently a military occupation organized by Syrion Harlow. Eager to claim a domain of his own, Syrion used a large mercenary force to conquer the village under the guise of reclaiming human territory from Elven interlopers. Anti-elf sentiments among most northerners led the nobility and royalty to turn a blind eye, and Syrion was able to exploit labor and resources from the villagers for several years. This became complicated when the gnomes of Oakwatch and the local fey began secretly rescuing many of the elves, leading to rumors that the village was cursed and forcing Syrion to supplement his workforce with illegally purchased slaves. His occupation was overthrown by a group of heroes working with the Elders of Oakwatch, and Ardyn has since begun rebuilding and reestablishing its sovereignty.