Xantari's Night Below
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 to 350 feet, and the surfaces are covered with fossil remains, mostly of simple shellfish and ammonites. The appearance makes them look, indeed, as if they were cut open to reveal the fossils within. The hills are barren and lifeless, though some eagles nest atop the central rock massif and sometimes carry off lambs.
Nestling into the hills is Parlfray’s Keep, a solid four-square structure which has been home to the Padfray family ever since the abandonment of Broken Spire Keep over a century ago. Currently, the scion of the family is Count Sandior Parlfray, a vague, pleasant, stubborn, wooly-headed squire of 71. His sole heir, Lyntem, is but 18 years of age.