Korovia - The Free License Fantasy World
|Trollhaven - Bastion of Hope in the Troll Lands
Upriver from Kost is a town with growing popularity on the trade route between Sylvania and Kost. It can be reached by boat travelling up the river, or overland by the road that goes beside the river. The town itself is a fort built on top of a hill near the northern most point of the river, and guards that section of the river for travelers. It is dangerously close to the troll lands and is frequently attacked by groups of trolls. The town’s walls are built in a perfect triangle with towers in each corner, with archers as lookouts. The town has a fair-sized marketplace, a small magic school, and a druid pond. The town is a Mecca for rangers, druids, and adventurers seeking to kill trolls.
Two towers inside the town provide additional fortifications should the town’s walls ever be over-run. The towers are tall enough (60’) that archers inside have an excellent lookout of surrounding area. An architect from Oraknev designed the towers to maximize the number of archer points inside the tower. The turrets at the top provide 90% cover.
Merchants travelling to Trollhaven usually do so by boat on the Kost to Trollhaven route, and then switch to caravan and horses from Trollhaven onwards. Thus Trollhaven is an excellent place to buy horses and also to hire more mercenaries to guard the caravan.
300 feet to the north is a dark forest on the slope of a mountain. The steep road up to the hill fort is covered with boulders and shards of troll bones. The walls of the town are 15 feet tall and the height of the hill gives the town another 25 to 30 feet over the surrounding area. The hill overlooks the river only a short arrow’s flight away (about 90 feet).
The marketplace has one magic shop “The Ol’ Magic Shoppe”, but sometimes travelling merchants also carry magical components and potions. There is also a highly skilled human blacksmith (10th level expert), an elvish fletcher (5th level fighter) who mass-produces arrows, and a horse-trader from Kost (7th level rogue) who specializes in selling war-horses.
The wizard Kalmeister (7th level) who runs the magic school is retired from adventuring. He owns “The Ol’ Magic Shoppe” (which buys and sells potions/scrolls/trinkets) and makes a tidy profit from teaching wizards in his school. A 6th level sorcerer is Kalmeister’s cohort and acts as the town’s war wizard whenever trolls attack.
The town itself was founded about 15 years ago by George “Shaggy” Wagner, a retired human ranger (14th level) who built the inn and started to fortify the surrounding area. After many years of hardship the town has now become a popular place for adventurers and mercenaries. Queen Kasiya has recently made Wagner a Lord, citing outstanding service to the kingdom.
The town is also a popular place for sightings of Adriaza, Korovia’s most wanted criminal. Bounty hunters are a frequent sight in the town.
The druid pond is a copse of trees and a spring that is behind the Trollhaven Inn and its water is said to have minor curative powers. Many druids travel to it to appreciate the great oak trees and the pure mountain water.