Tales of the Nentir Vale
The Barony of Harkenwold
Ruled by Baron Stockmer, Harkenwold is a small realm in the extreme southeast of the Nentir Vale whose entire population is barely more than the town of Fallcrest. A collection of a half-dozen villages is populated with simple farmers, woodcutters, and the like. The seat of authority and home of the Baron is Keep Town, the largest of the villages. Keep town is so named because it is the site of Harken Keep, the small motte-and-bailey fortification that serves as stronghold for the Baron.
Originally a formidable defense against the local goblins who dwell in nearby Harken Forest, Harken Keep is too old and too small to properly accommodate the villagers. Since its founding, Keep Town has spread and scattered too far for the villagers to easily gather in the Keep in the event of a sudden attack, and the outlying villages would need plenty of advance notice in order to reach safety in time. Fortunately, thanks to the once-strong sword arm of the now elderly Baron Stockmer, there have been very few disturbances to the peace for many years.
This motte and bailey was erected following the battle of Harken Hill. Baron Stockmer originally planned on improving it once he had finished rooting out all of the goblins in the realm, but he never quite got around to it. Constructed mostly of wood, the keep is in a state of minor disrepair; it serves well enough against bandits and the like, but against any determined siege, it would not lost very long.
The Dragon's Hoard
Pendra Flametongue runs this general store, which offers a wide variety of goods. Adjacent to it is a stables that offers horses, wagons, carts, and other such items of transport for sale or rent.
Temple of Pelor
Pelor is the only god in Harkenwold popular enough to merit his own temple in Keep Town. Father Pacis and a few acolytes keep things running smoothly, and they are more than happy to offer healing, advice, or a hard's day work to those in need.
More of a townhouse than a true manor, this two-story building is both the home and place of business for the town's mayor, Mayor Hoster.
The Bullseye Inn
A popular sport for locals and merchants, the Bullseye Inn boasts fine ale, a warmth hearth, tasty food, and the famed hospitality of Coleman Cann. Many townsfolk enjoy playing darts here, but few can even come close to matching the skill of its robust proprietor.
This squat building is one of the few that is actually constructed of stone in Keep Town. There are several cells for lawbreakers, though they are rarely occupied. The guardhouse also provides a fully-furnished living space and extra bunks for 4 guardsmen. Captain Graff, unsurprisingly, occupies the sole living quarters, meaning that he is literally almost ALWAYS at the guardhouse.
The Harken Forest is crucial to the livelihood of many in Harkenwold. Its plentiful game and wood provide the locals with both food and raw materials for trade. Few venture deep into the woods, however, as tales of goblins and reclusive elves abound.