Carrion Crown 5th Edition
Some small towns grow up around a university, their shops and other offerings catering to a scholastic clientele. Others boast famous festivals or specialized industries that draw skilled artisans and craftsmen. But in the sad case of Ravengro, the town’s claim to fame is a prison. And not just any prison, for Ravengro supported one of Ustalav’s most notorious jails— Harrowstone.
At that time the county of Canterwall did not exist and Ravengro lay in the county of Tamrivena, ruled by the unpopular Count Eigen Lorres; it was the Count’s idea to build a large prison at Ravengro that could house, for a fee, criminals from anywhere in Ustalav. This plan did indeed increase Lorres’ popularity as other parts of Ustalav moved their prisoners to Harrowstone and money started to flow into the county in return. Twice a year, a prison convoy rounded up the worst of the worst from smaller, less secure jails across the principality and transferred them to Harrowstone, often to await death by hanging, but always to live out the rest of their lives as prisoners.
In the 50 years that followed the Harrowstone Fire, the town of Ravengro moved on to become a pleasant (and perhaps even boring) farming community. Yet the town’s old-timers remember well the eerie prison caravans that carried monsters through the town. And none in Ravengro can ignore the brooding, dark ruin of the old prison that looms on the hill overlooking the town. Tales of the prison being haunted are traded by Ravengro’s youths, and on certain dark nights they taunt each other to touch the rusting bars on the prison windows. Dares to spend the night in the edifice are routinely posed and never accepted.
Today, Ravengro is an idyllic self-sufficient Ustalav town supporting a local farming community, and a smaller fishing community. The town predominantly produces wheat, barley and maize, with some fish from Lake Lias supplementing the local diet.
The Ravengro Council, or Ravengro Town Council, is the governing body responsible for the general government of the town; it comprises four local councillors.
The residents are perceived by visitors to the town as cool and they have an inward looking attitude; their conversation is rife with gossip.
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A small river, the Ravengro Creek, runs through the town, while an even smaller rivulet meets the Ravengro Creek just north of the southernmost bridge in the town. There are three bridges in the town: two span the Creek, one to the north and one to the south, while a third small wooden bridge runs over the rivulet.
To the north of the town lies the huge water of Lake Lias, locally called ‘The Great Blue Dot’. To the south of the town is a hill upon which stands the ruins of the Harrowstone prison looming over the town.
A: Town Square
B: Posting Poles
C: The Laughing Demon Inn
D: Town Hall
E: Temple of Kelemvor
F: General Store
G: The Forge
H: Jominda’s Apothecary
J: The Silk Purse
K: The Outward Inn
L: The Unfurling Scroll
M1: Vashian Heartmound’s House (Councilman)
M2: Mirta Straelock’s House (Councilwoman)
M3: Shanda Faravan’s House (Councilwoman)
M4: Gharen Muricar’s House (Councilman)
N: The Lorrimor Estate
O: The Harrowstone Memorial
P: The Restlands
Q: Mr. Gibbs house
R: Ruins of Harrowstone