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The town of Winterhaven is located on the East Way, between the nations of Sembia and Cormyr. It is situated on the road between Arabel and Highmoon.[1] Due to its location in the middle of the Thunder Peaks, it is not uncommon for the inhabitants to be attacked by monstrous races such as kobolds and goblins.[2]

An ancient dragon burial site lies southwest of the town, and the ruined Shadowfell Keep lies northeast.[3]

History Edit

Long before the birth of Cormyr in 26 DR, the shadow dragon Shadraxil lurked in the Thunder Peaks. When Cormyr began to create a series of fortresses along its frontier in 236 DR, Shadraxil took this as an affront to his lands and began attacking the outposts. One of these outposts is now called Shadowfell Keep, and lies just northeast of Winterhaven.[3]

In response to Shadraxil's depredations, Cormyr sent a small force of armed men and war wizards led by the knight Jerold Keegan. Keegan set about creating a magical trap within the keep in order to ensnare Shadraxil and bind him in the Plane of Shadow. Keegan's plan succeeded, and Shadraxil has been trapped there for over eleven centuries, kept in a deep slumber for most of that time.[3]

Sir Jerold Keegan soon afterwards became the lord of that outpost, which was then called Keegan's Keep. It is very likely that the town of Winterhaven was founded nearby due to the keep's protection.[3]

It is said that some time after Shadraxil's banishment, Keegan became a crazed madman and slew all of his family and friends, cursing the keep forever. The leaders of Cormyr, afraid that this dark influence could be corrupting, ordered the keep torn down and its secrets hidden.[3]

In 1479 DR, a cult of Shar was established in Winterhaven.[3] While the founder Kalarel and the leader Bairwin Wildarson were killed at the hands of adventurers, rumors persisted that not all the cultists were routed.[3][4]

Personas Edit

The following personas are current as of the post-Spellplague years:

Lord Padraig
The ruler of this small town and its environs. He seems content to take little action,[2][5] and takes little initiative.
Sister Linora
Winterhaven's priestess, Sister Linora is a middle-aged human woman and a devotee of Chauntea. She's usually quiet and soft-spoken.[6]
Gevarn
An acolyte of Chauntea, he is often asked by Sister Linora to do her biddings.[5]
Valthrun
A learned man in the town of Winterhaven, he lives in a 5-storied tower that is said to be over 1000 years old.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Greg Bilsland. Keep on the Shadowfell Forgotten Realms Conversion (PDF). Dungeon magazine 155 p. 4. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Greg Bilsland. Keep on the Shadowfell Forgotten Realms Conversion (PDF). Dungeon magazine 155 p. 11. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Greg Bilsland. Keep on the Shadowfell Forgotten Realms Conversion (PDF). Dungeon magazine 155 p. 5. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
  4. Greg Bilsland. Keep on the Shadowfell Forgotten Realms Conversion (PDF). Dungeon magazine 155 p. 13. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Greg Bilsland. Keep on the Shadowfell Forgotten Realms Conversion (PDF). Dungeon magazine 155 p. 10. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
  6. Greg Bilsland. Keep on the Shadowfell Forgotten Realms Conversion (PDF). Dungeon magazine 155 p. 9. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
  7. Greg Bilsland. Keep on the Shadowfell Forgotten Realms Conversion (PDF). Dungeon magazine 155 p. 8. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.

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