Xantari's Night Below
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 foresting. This has considerably increased their own income, and some 200 people in small family groups live within the woodland. Prior to the scourge, foresting was a dangerous business here; since the settlement, this has become a peaceful and reasonably prosperous area. The great Thomwood to the west of the Woldcote is avoided by local people, save for the margins of the wood just south of the Chumett river and around Hog Brook. Timber wolves, the occasional mountain lion, and bears are often seen along the forest’s edge. An especial peril of the darker recesses of the forest are the huge and giant spiders which lurk there, and local people usually mention these brutes as a specific reason why they don’t enter the deeper recesses of the Thornwood. Humanoids (goblins aid bugbears especially) are both believed to dwell deep within the forest also. Since the Thornwood does not yield timber as good as that from the Lyrchwood or Blessed Wood, and it lacks the Redwood’s fruit harvest, there is no pressing reason for local folk to exploit it.