Places of Power: Fraywrack

When a flight of harpies, beset by a relentless demonic menace from beneath the dark seas, used their captivating song to lure a ship to ruin, they sought allies instead of food. Thus, was born Fraywrack, a war camp created by the strange alliance of man and monster against a far greater threat. Now, hidden by the broken remains of their ship, the wreck’s survivors and their later recruits train endlessly for a fight they fear they have little hope of winning. Still, they persevere, welcoming adventurers who may wish to learn some lessons of their own or, just maybe, lend their own might to the struggle.

By Maciej Zagorski



Notable Locations

Most of Fraywrack comprises ramshackle wooden shacks crafted from timber salvaged from the Sea Sprite’s wreck. They are of little interest to adventurers. A few locations, however, are notable:

  1. Gates: The main entrance to Fraywrack is blocked by heavy gates made from The Sea Spite’s Guards always watch from atop the palisade.
  2. Battleground: The training ground, where new recruits are taught how to fight. This area is rarely empty; training takes place on an almost continual basis.
  3. The Nest: The harpies’ living quarters, its rank odour nearly overpowers the smell of the sea. Few humans willingly visit this location.
  4. Captain’s Quarters: Jorne Bitser, the first mate of The Sea Spite who claimed the mantle of captain after the wreck, lives in Fraywrack’s largest home. His first mate—Telina Erevrad—also dwells here.
  5. The Carpenter’s Shop: Slightly less ramshackle than most of the other homes in Fraywrack, weapons and other goods are produced here for the camp by One-Hit Lukil.
  6. Quartermaster’s: From this central location, Quartermaster Boloi Hammerstone doles out food and supplies to anyone who needs them. Boloi hates Herstil (location 7).
  7. The Got and Give: Herstil Toriklif, having given up on fighting after suffering a bad wound, runs a scavenging and bartering business, providing any goods residents might want that the quartermaster won’t or can’t give.
  8. Wulhem’s Home: Jaska Vuolle, the man known as Wulhem Senis, lives here in secrecy after fleeing for unknown reasons from the nearby village of Coldwater.
  9. Chapel: This sturdy structure in a sheltered cavern is dedicated to Serat (the uncaring Mistress of Storms). The cavern also has shrines dedicated to several other deities, although these are rarely used.
  10. The Sea Spite: Long ago picked clean of any remaining wealth, the wreckage of The Sea Spite is nearly a sacred space to the survivors of the ship’s destruction. Fish feature heavily in Fraywrack’s denizen’s diet, and humans armed with nets and rods are a common sight here.

Notable Folk

  • Andumil (location 3; CE female harpy) Shurasal’s daughter, she doesn’t appreciate being forced to “play with her food.”
  • Captain Jorne Bitser (location 4; N male human fighter 5) The Sea Spite’s first mate, he claimed command after the wreck.
  • Herstil Toriklif (location 7; N female human barbarian 1/bard 2) The proprietor of The Got and Give trading post.
  • Shurasal (location 10; CN female advanced harpy) Leader of the harpy flight, she keeps order with an iron talon.
  • Skettri Howsell (location 9; CN male half-orc cleric [Serat] 3) The only cleric in the camp, he tries to attend to all spiritual needs.
  • Veigga Tavlidalr (location 2; N female halfling fighter 4/rogue 2) An early recruit, she serves as the camp’s main trainer.
  • Wulhem Senis (location 8; N old male human fighter 4/sorcerer 3) With his own agenda, he’s not who he says he is.

(Note, the statistics above are drawn from the Pathfinder edition of this product; check out the free samples below for edition specific statistics).


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Praise for Places of Power: Fraywrack

“Jacob W. Michaels’ Fraywrack s creative, cool and unique – the idea is simple, but the execution is frankly inspired and chock-full with roleplaying potential. In short: This is an amazing offering and a great example for the cool things you can do with the Places of Power-formula.”

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