Signs of Chaos
Harkenwold is a broad valley just over 50 miles long and roughly 20 miles wide located between arms of the Harken Forest. This primarily open land consists of gently rolling hills covered in a mixture of cheery meadows, light forest with little undergrowth, and the occasional thicket. The climate is cool and rainy. Many small streams wind their way across the land, eventually joining The White River. These streams and brooks are at most a few feet wide, and small footbridges cross them regularly.
Half a dozen small villages lie along the upper vales of the White River. Together they make up the Barony of Harkenwold – a tiny realm whose total population is not much greater than Fallcrest’s. The people of Harkenwold living in the countryside are farmers, shepherds or woodcutters. Those living in the hamlets are woodworkers, smiths, carters, brewers, cheesemakers and leatherworkers. Other villagers tend nearby fields or orchards.
The nearby Harken Forest is home to the Woodsinger Elves, who occasionally trade with the humans of Harkenwold. Even with the presence of the elves the Harken forest is home to dangerous creatures, including goblins, dire wolves and drakes.
Population: 2000 scattered across half a dozen small hamlets and a score of isolated steadings (large farms usually operated by extended families – see below). Most of the citizens are humans (50%) but halflings (25%) and dwarves (20%) are also common. There is a smattering of other folk also (5%).
Government: The ruler of Harkenwold is Baron Stockmer, an elderly man who was known for his strong sword arm in his youth. By all accounts he is a just and compassionate ruler.
Defence: Other than Baron Stockmer’s personal guard of a score of men, Harkenwold only has a militia to defend itself. This is made up primarily of young men and women who dislike agriculture work and long for something exciting.