Village Backdrop: Greystone (5e)
A 5e Compatible GM's Resource by Creighton Broadhurst
The sharp-pointed hills huddle closely together as the land rises inexorably through the deepening shadows toward the Mottled Spire’s looming titanic bulk. Shrieking wind scours the desolate, treeless hilltops and fills the tangle of uncharted steep-sided, rock-strewn valleys cutting through the hills.
Civilisation’s creeping tendrils did not linger long in such a hard place. A century ago, settlers from Languard founded Greystone as a fishing village and rebuilt the shattered ruin of the Shard as a lighthouse and watchtower. However, the harsh weather, isolation and events of a certain terror-filled night doomed their efforts to failure.
Now, the decayed ruins of Greystone yet cling to the vertiginous, landward flank of the Mottled Spire and are still visible from Languard’s ramparts. Most of the buildings are little more than crumbling facades built over the mouths of the numerous caves riddling the rock. Linked by steep and narrow roads hacked from the Spire’s living rock, these homes once sheltered almost 200 souls. Sickly briars and the flotsam of countless winter storms now choke many of the roads rendering them all but impassable—only the nimblest or strongest travellers find the going easy.
A nameless aura of fear and decay hangs over the crumbling, wind-blasted ruins. Seemingly perpetually shrouded in shadow by the Mottled Spire’s looming bulk dark legends cluster thickly about the village. Stories of ghoulish hauntings and myths of the degenerate, inbred survivors of the original settlers lurking amid the ruins along with the village’s isolated position, conspire to keep decent folk away.
Few folk dwell in Greystone anymore; those that do are the degenerate, inbred descendants of the village’s original settlers:
- Ilari Alanen (location 6; CE male degenerate human bandit captain) Ilari stalks the Mottled Spire and knows its secret paths well.
- Marja Alanen (location 6; NE female degenerate human mage) Uljas’ wife, Marja is even more depraved than her husband.
- Uljas Alanen (location 6; NE male degenerate human cult fanatic) The depraved leader of the Dagon cultists, Uljas enjoys sacrificing living victims to his dark god.
- Vilho Alanen (location 6; CE male degenerate human berserker) Bloodthirsty and hideous, Vilho loves fighting.
Greystone is part of the Gloamhold campaign setting but can be easily adapted to virtually any campaign.
Praise for Village Backdrop: Greystone
“Creighton Broadhurst, master of Raging Swan Press, is an absolute master at depicting desolate places, decrepitude and a general sense of a world that has moved on, to paraphrase the classic King-sentiment. Indeed, even among the offerings he has penned, this stands out.”
–Endzeitgeist (five stars [for the village’s Pathfinder edition])
Village Backdrops are short, richly detailed supplements that each present a single village ready to insert into almost any home campaign. Perfect for use as a waystop on the road to adventure, as an adventure site themselves or as a PC’s home, Village Backdrop present the details so the busy GM can focus on crafting exciting, compelling adventures.
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