Village Backdrop: Woodridge (5e)
A 5e Compatible GM's Resource by Creighton Broadhurst
Ruled over for centuries by the scheming, ambitious Lorsch family, Woodridge is little more than a backwater village standing on the eastern bounds of the Duchy of Ashlar. Standing astride an ancient, now little-used trade route the village is a poor, but seemingly peaceful place. Its folk tend their small fields, pay their lord his due and are content to be left in peace. But all is not as it seems. Spies lurk among the populace, and dark forces gather which would see Woodridge’s lord, Hilduin Lorsch, converted to their faith or dead.
Most of Woodridge comprises peasant homes. A few locations, however, are of interest to adventurers:
- Lorsch Manor: This brooding fortified manor is the Lorsch ancestral home. Here dwells Hilduin Lorsch and his family.
- Lankinen’s: This large building is a general provisioners, stables and moneylenders. Reima Lankinen is the second richest man in the village.
- Father’s Sanctum: Dedicated to Conn, this is the oldest building in Woodridge except for parts of the Lorsch Manor. Dilapidated, it has seen better days.
- Priesthome: Home to Father Turkka, this is a substantial building.
- Eeva’s Home: Here dwells (and plots) Eeva Keto.
- The Travelling Man: Woodridge’s only inn is welcoming and comfortable, but rarely busy.
- The Smoking Tower: Varma Timonen dwells here, as she has for decades. She feels the cold terribly; consequently, smoke always belches from the tower’s chimney.
- Briarwood: These tangled, ancient woodlands are said to hold ancient ruins and to be the home of certain horrible creatures. Thick fog often blankets the area.
This village is part of the Gloamhold campaign setting but can be easily adapted to virtually any campaign.
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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