Winterhaven

Population: 977; With most living in the farms to the west and south of the village. The population of Winterhaven is predominantly human, with a scattering of dwarf families, and a handful of individuals of other common races, including a couple of elves.

Government: Ernest Padraig, the Lord of Winterhaven, was descended from the noble family that ruled the area under edict of the old empire. Folks around Winterhaven were happy with Lord Padraig’s father’s authority, and they have found answering to the rules of the new lord no more arduous. Padraig commanded the Winterhaven Regulars, a core group of ten soldiers who perform guard and police functions in and around the walled portion of the village.

Defense: The town guards number only 10, but the city boasts a militia training center, and Lord Padraig claims to have up to 300 militia that he can call up within a day’s notice.

History: Winterhaven was originally founded as a retreat for wealthy merchants and nobles in the time of the Arkhosian empire. Once gold was found in the foothills of the Cairngorn Peaks, the settlement had a short-lived period of economic prosperity before falling to Bael Turath and later sinking into obscurity. Under the empire of Nerath, Winterhaven became a military outpost with various mining companies under the protection of the empire. The Padraig’s have had control of Winterhaven since the fall of Nerath and their gold mines have largely protected them against the wildness to the west.

Politics: Lord Padraig is growing increasingly concerned about the lack of food stores for his subjects and has made repeated diplomatic forays into Fallcrest in search of grain. He is now threatening to wage war against Fallcrest if Lady Markelhay does not open up her markets and allow him to buy the food that his people so desperately need. Likewise, Lady Markelhay is unwilling to sell grain, as Fallcrest’s stores will be depleted by the demand of her own Barony.

Trade to the north and south of Winterhaven has been cut off for various reasons.

Winterhaven

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