Places of Power: Dead Man’s Run

The glint of gold coin and flash of pale bone peek out from the dark timbers of sunken buildings as a sad ferryman slowly pulls his boat across the clear water. This is Dead Man’s Run, the only safe passage across the wild Brimbrook; for miles in either direction river races over rocky rapids and steep waterfalls, carving an otherwise impassable chasm through the forested hills.


Any who pay the price of passage—two golden coins given as tribute to the river—find a berth on the wooden ferry. They also find the operators of the ferry, the sad survivors who can share the tale of the natural disasters that destroyed the two villages and fort that once stood here, and learn why they remain to tend to the dead.

Notable Locations

Dead Man’s Run is a small community, which makes the most of the space it has:

  1. Fort Essayas: The remaining residents of Dead Man’s Run avoid the crumbling ruins of this fort, believing that whatever caused Nature’s Night stemmed from activities here and that it’s cursed by its past use. The fort’s cellars and dungeon have remained unexplored since it burned down.
  2. The Manorhall: Once the centre of the village’s local government, the Manorhall is now home to a young family: the widower farmer-turned-ferryman, Vyncis Potte, and the elf Adoleid Potte, who found comfort in each other’s arms. Their two children are the light of most of the survivors’ lives. They share their home with Oror Highbird, though the elf spends much of his time hunting.
  3. The Brimbrook: Once a gentle stream, the wide river now rushes over the sunken graves of most of the villagers. On clear days, the remains of homes and bodies of residents can be seen on the muddy bottom. The nymph druid Millenaphi dwells downstream, but is rarely seen.
  4. Brimbrook Ferry: The primary source of income for the remaining survivors, the cable ferry is typically operated by either Irennen Fairarrow or Vyncis Potte, though the former refuses to cross at night.
  5. Lumber House: This building doubles as a home and a mill, used to ensure spare ferries are available. In addition to Irennan Fairarrow, husband and wife Exard and Dottry Lynsalt call the building home, as do Cedia Borne and Wyan Sabil.




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