Sites and Settlements

Duskwood can be considered a message to the Alliance that if it does not attend to the continent's growing problems, its precious western regions may suffer the same fate eventually.

Raven Hill: This ghost town once took pride in its honor for the dead. It held a mortuary school that graduated the finest embalmers in Azeroth. A shame that the undead killed the town. The inhabitants attempted to fight their loved ones that rose from the graves, but eventually gave up and fled east to Darkshire. I hear that the Defias Brotherhood tried to set up camp in this town after the citizens fled, but even they couldn't take the constant attacks by the undead. Some citizens remain, including a master embalmer called Abercrombie, who lives near Raven Hill cemetery. A serious man, he works both to stay alive and to stop the undead.

Raven Hill is possibly the origin of the massive dark riders, huge beings that suddenly appear with hellhounds at their feet to run down frantic travelers. Some nights they skirt the perimeter of Darkshire, howling loudly.

Vul'Gol Ogre Mound (small town, 1,000): These ogres, like the others in Azeroth, delight in attacking the villages to the south, depleting the already poor people of their dwindling resources.

Darkshire Population: 3,500. Government: Democracy.

Ruler: Lord Ello Ebonlocke (male human Hlr5/Wiz3). Languages: Common, Dwarven, Thalassian. Faith: Holy Light. Resources: Agriculture. Affiliation: Alliance.

Darkshire is plagued with many problems: undead, worgen, ogres, and a sense of abandonment as Stormwind does not send its forces to the failing town. Several people have left, hoping to make it west to the safety of Stormwind.

A farming village, Darkshire used to supply the Alliance with a great quantity of goods. Most of those goods have dried up in the taint that slowly kills the land. The economy falters as farmers and merchants have nothing to sell. Many occupy their days spending their savings at the Scarlet Raven Inn, the town's only tavern. It is run by a lovely and hospitable dwarf, Orena Goldtooth, who has turned into the only wealthy citizen in town. I knew some master brewer Goldtooths back in Khaz Modan, and Orena's skill would make them proud.

The mayor's daughter, Commander Althea Ebonlocke, runs the Night Watch. This small police force constitutes the town's only defense against the monsters that frequently attack it.

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