The stone-paved roads of the Everwood county have kept the North free and prosperous for generations. Safe and fast passage through the dark and deep northern forests have been important trade routes for merchants and highways for armies.
For three winters the roads have not been safe anymore. A group of bandits has been ambushing and attacking caravans on the Everwood roads and grown more powerful and bold more recently. The bandits use magic to prepare their ambushes, defeat any opposition and to escape without a trace.
A reclusive and mute druid known only as Black Feather dwells in a house built on the branches of an ancient tree. The tree grows on the side of a cliff next to a giant eagle nest. People say that the tree was planted originally by faeries and strong magic flows through it. Some claim that the tree is the source of fertility for the valley. It summons rains for the crops and keeps strong winds away. Valley folk who believe this, believe also that Black Feather is the guardian of the tree and the valley. When the sky is clear, Black Feather can be seen soaring in the sky in the form of a giant eagle.
It is said that the West entrance to the ruins of the lost city of Volodor is guarded by a terrible monster that hides in the shadows of the Orchard of Bones. The orchard was once one of the beautiful underground fruit gardens of the Lost City, but now a large beast keeps its lair there in the tunnels under the orchard.
Two trolls, Lurgo and Brux, use an old stone bridge to trap and ambush unwary travelers. The trolls hide in the woods at both ends of the bridge and when a promising prey is passing the bridge the trolls attack at the same time from both directions.
The trolls try to try to capture their prey alive and take them to their lair. Trolls like to eat their food fresh, but they will kill anyone who
fights them with fire, acid, or magical weapons. The trolls will chase any characters who escape for three turns and then give up and
return to the bridge.
This map was originally published on Patreon with the support of my awesome patrons in October 2018, and you can find high-resolution map packs with a one-page adventure, and virtual tabletop ready maps also on DrivethruRPG.
A strange crystalline growth has started to take over landscapes at an accelerating rate. The growth has a silvery-white reflective surface, and its edges are incredibly sharp. When near a “mirror maze,” people start experiencing auditory hallucinations that resemble incomprehensible whispering voices. The growth seems to originate from underground sources near the comet fragment impact sites.