East TN Adventurers League
Red Larch has been an important stop on the Long Road for two centuries now. Named for a distinctive stand of red larch trees that were cut down when the hamlet was founded, Red Larch is a prosperous community facing dark times. The heart of the Sumber Hills has become far more dangerous, with monsters lurking seemingly everywhere. Banditry is on the rise, and the weather seems to be getting more severe and more unpredictable. The townsfolk fear that dangerous times are at hand, but no one seems to know what to do about it.
The inhabitants of Red Larch have become so frightened by the recent “dark doings” that rather than showing typical frontier reticence, they helpfully babble about everything they’ve seen and heard. Most hope to convince adventurers to investigate and put an end to the current troubles.
Locations of Note
1. Allfaiths Shrine
The Allfaiths Shrine is a wayside shrine used by many faiths and owned by none. Priests shuttle out from Waterdeep in pairs for month-long stays. The most frequent combinations are Sune and Selûne, Tymora and Lathander, and Tempus and Oghma.
2. The Swinging Sword
This inn is a three-story stone structure, crowned by a steep slate roof that bristles with many chimneys. An inn yard with stables and outbuildings lies behind the building. While the Helm at Highsun is the place to hear Red Larchers unwind, the Swinging Sword is the polite social hub and neutral meeting ground of Red Larch.
3. The Helm at Highsun
Rusty metal grills cover the dirty windows of this ramshackle two-story tavern. Inside is a large, dimly lit, wood-paneled taproom where locals relax, gossip, flirt, and tell the stories of their working days. It’s not a place for refined dining.
4. Mother Yalantha’s
This three-story, dilapidated boarding house has a cheerful—though generally noisy—atmosphere.
5. Thelorn’s Safe Journeys
The foremost wagonmaker in this region, Thelorn’s is a busy, always-bustling place. The quality of Thelorn’s wagons is well known.
6. Chansyrl Fine Harness
The pungent smell of tanned and oiled leather fills this crowded workshop, whose walls display leather saddles and harnesses, as well as stylish leather jackets, caps, boots, leggings, and armor.
7. Helvur Tarnlar, Clothier
Tarnlar’s is the only place to buy quality clothing for a hundred miles around. The clothing, boots, and accessories sold here are all fine, warm, and sturdy.
8. Lorren’s Bakery
This aromatic, tidy bakery always has fresh round loaves and buns for sale. Its specialty is cheese-topped buns with melted mushroom cheese from outlying local farms.
9. Tantur Smithy
The din of forge hammers rings out late into most nights from this soot-stained building, whose skilled smiths can make or repair almost anything that requires no specialized alloys or treatments.
10. Drouth Fine Poultry
This largest of the two Red Larch poultry shops is ever bustling thanks to thriving local farms and the endless appetite of communities along the Long Road.
11. Jalessa Ornra, Butcher
These four identical single-story stone buildings are the workplace, shop, and home of Jalessa Ornra (female Illuskan human commoner). Her husband Harburk Tuthmarillar (male Tethyrian human veteran) is Red Larch’s constable.
Red Larch doesn’t have a jail or court, so Harburk employs four of Jalessa’s laborers as assistant constables (human guards). Harburk knows there are evil and secretive groups in the Sumber Hills, but he isn’t sure just what is out there. Adventurers who could go investigating where he dares not would be a godsend.
12. Dornen Finestone
This plain, dusty building is the business office of the busy Dornen quarry, run by Elak Dornen (male Tethyrian human noble). Dornen is a hard master to some twenty workers, and he insists on keeping careful records.
13. Ironhead Arms
Run by former sellsword and caravan guard Ironhead (male half-orc veteran), this shop deals in arms and armor, both new and used.
14. Mhandyvver’s Poultry
Mhandyvver’s is the less impressive of the two local poulterers, but is a favorite with Red Larchers.
Originally from Amn, Haeleeya Hanadroum (female human Tethyrian commoner) operates a bathhouse and dress shop in her large, well-appointed home.
16. Waelvur’s Wagonworks
Ilmeth Waelvur (male Tethyrian human bandit) operates a cheaper alternative to Thelorn’s Safe Journeys, making and selling replacement wheels and axles for wagons. Ilmeth is a town elder.
This seedy wooden building serves as Red Larch’s used tools and goods shop, its barber, and an unofficial second tavern for locals. In addition to providing grooming, Marlandro Gaelkur (male Tethyrian human commoner) deals in used (and sometimes shady) items with no questions asked.
18. Mellikho Stoneworks
A quarry pit begins just behind this small house, which serves as the business office and the home of the quarry owner, Albaeri Mellikho (female Tethyrian human commoner). Albaeri is a town elder.
19. Luruth’s Tannery
This former warehouse reeks with an eye-watering, throat-closing stench that obliterates all other smells within a bowshot of the place. Ulhro Luruth (male Chondathan human commoner) is the tannery’s owner and proprietor, and also a town elder.
20. Bethendur’s Storage
Four identical, well-built warehouses stand here in ground covered in raked gravel and cinders.
21. The Market
This muddy, well-used field is ringed with outhouses and rings of stones that have obviously been used as cook-fires or trash burn sites. Once a tenday, farmers drive in from homesteads miles away to sell all manner of in-season produce, cheese, cider and cider vinegar, and last year’s pickled beets in jugs. On the other nine days of the tenday, Grund (male half-orc thug) ekes out a living by making pickles in vats at the end of the field.
22. Vallivoe’s Sundries
Endrith Vallivoe (male Tethyrian human commoner) is a retired caravan merchant who sells new and used goods from his home. Almost anything might be available to buy here, buried under heaps of other stuff.