Winterhaven – Village – Population 977
The rutted King’s Road leads to the foot of a broad hill that holds the walled village of Winterhaven. The village is nestled in the southern foothills of the Cairngorm Peaks. The walls are weathered stone topped by defensive palisades.
Small thatched homes stand around Winterhaven, each fronting a small piece of farmland or pasture. Beyond the farms to the west and south lie dark woods and to the north of Winterhaven stand tall mountain peaks.
The lord of Winterhaven is Ernest Padraig, who is descended from the noble family that ruled the area under edict of the old empire. Lord Padraig’s father’s approval rating was high and the residents of Winterhaven have found answering to the rules of the new lord no more arduous.
Most residents of Winterhaven have never traveled beyond the village vale. The majority of villagers are farmers, though the walled heart of Winterhaven employs various craftspeople as well. Wagons occasionally head east down old King’s Road. from Winterhaven to find trade with the next village, which lies five miles away. Sometimes wagons come into Winterhaven, causing the villagers to excitedly gather in the market square to hear news of the outside world and to buy new and exotic goods.
The population of Winterhaven is predominantly human, with a scattering of dwarf families and a handful of individuals of other common races, including a couple of elves.
Winterhaven is primarily an agricultural village based on barter and trade.