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    h2. Welcome to Haranshire Haranshire is a relatively small and sleepy community with several villages spread out over the course of the Churnett River and surrounding area. So far, our party has dismantled a couple of groups of bandits who were …

  • Milbourne

    This is a town of some 160 people, most of whom live in the farmsteads that surround the town on both sides of the river. Buildings are almost all of wood; only the Old Granary, the Mill House, and the Mansion House are of limestone (from the Blanryde …

  • Thurmaster

    Thurmaster is a walled village of some 100 people. Approaching PCs will see a great many abandoned houses, now falling into ruin, lying outside the rickety wooden walls surrounding the village. These walls were built some 40 years past as a defense …

  • Broken Spire Keep

    Historically, this was the original home of the Parlfrays, built by Count Sarden Parlfray and kept garrisoned by his descendants as a central defense within the Thornwood, manned by a vigilant body of men-at-arms to counter the constant threat posed by …

  • Broken Spire Upper Floor

    *1. Gates* The gates are 10’ high and can be barred from the inside. There is a grille set into the right-hand gate at eye level. *2a-b. Guardhouses* The chambers are spartan, with little more than bunk beds, some dirty clothes, and the remnants of …

  • Broken Spire Lower Floor

    *15. Jail* The door to this chamber has a lock. The room beyond is covered with bizarre charcoal drawings. There is a rickety wooden bunk bed with a small coffer (poison trapped) underneath. *16. Cells* Each of these cells has a sturdy, locked wooden …

  • Blanryde Hills

    These limestone hills are fairly barren, with only some patches of poor grass surviving in the cold winds of the north. Even sheep grazing is a fairly hopeless pastime on the exposed hillsides. The hills contain lead and copper deposits, though, and the …

  • Eelhold

    The small lake known as the Eelhold has been created artificially by a log dam across the south-flowing Oldscutt River, causing water to gradually fill the shallow valley in which the lake now lies. The dam was built nearly 50 years past by the Carman …

  • Lyrchwood

    This small wood yields the best quality (lyrch) wood of the area and is heavily logged. There are many areas within the wood which are almost denuded of mature trees, and several foresters and woodsmen live in small family groups of 2 to 5 huts inside the …

  • Patchwork Hills and Terraces

    The Patchwork hills are so called because their appearance in the fall is mottled and patchy, not unlike an irregular patchwork quilt. Heather and bracken coat the hillsides, and the grazing is poor (bracken is virtually inedible). If the weather is good …

  • New Mire

    The area on the map shown as New Mire was, until two years ago, good fanning land. The first year, the soil here grew waterlogged, until the roots of plants rotted in the ground. This year, the problem is even worse. Cutter Brook has not flooded, nor does …

  • High Moor

    The land here is as poor as that of Howler's Moor, but because it is at least nearer to the safety of Milbome and the farmsteads north of that town, some hardy shepherding folk take sheep and, more often, goats to graze here. The eastem half of the moor …

  • Great Rock Dale

    This is the one area within Haranshire where some humanoid menace is known to exist. The rock dale has sides which descend almost sheer for 100 to 180 feet, varying from place to place. In a handful of locations, it is possible to clamber down a rock …

  • Hardlow Woods

    This dense woodland is packed with ground-hugging thorny bushes, and the terrain is virtually impassable in places. There are also small rocky rifts of up to 40 feet in depth in the western half of the woodland, making travel hazardous. Humanoids …

  • Gleaming Glade

    There are many local rumors, with a hundred variations on the theme, concerning an evil priest and his followers (said to be assassins) who lived in the Hardlow Woods nearly two hundred years ago, long before Milborne and Thurmaster were settled and …

  • Howler's Moor

    This desolate and barren moorland offers only poor grazing for sheep and goats, but in summer shepherds venture into it nonetheless. The moor has a reputation almost as evil as that of the [[Shrieken Mire]]. The standard ”black dog” tale, of a huge hound …

  • Redwood

    The small Redwood takes its name from the many fruit trees and berry bushes which make the wood a riot of blossoms in springtime. The Redwood is communal land so far as fruit-picking goes; the last week of the fourth through eighth months of the year are …

  • Thornwood and Blessed Wood

    The Blessed Wood-that section of the Thomwood south and east of the Woldcote River-has been free of humanoids since the so-called “scourge” 21 years past, when the Parlfrays used mercenary fighters to clear out these woods and make them suitable for …

  • Shrieken Mire

    This extensive marshland (pronounced "shry-kunn") derives its name from Lord Artran Shrieken, once of Milborne, a cruel and heartless villain who attempted to force one of the young Parlfray women to marry him. She fled into the mire with her paramour, …

  • Halfcut Hills and Parlfray Keep

    The local legend of these hills is that they were created by a Power, cleaving the original rock mass in twain with a huge hammer, leaving half behind and taking half to make his own castle home on his own plane. The hills have very sheer sides rising 200 …

  • Locations

    *Towns & Ruins:* [[Milbourne]] [[Thurmaster]] [[Broken Spire Keep]] [[Halfcut Hills and Parlfray Keep]] *Landmarks & Terrain:* [[Blanryde Hills]] [[Carman Mines]] [[The Slug]] [[Eelhold]] [[Lyrchwood]] [[Patchwork Hills …