Places of Power: Oleander’s Sanctuary

Deep within a dense forest lies a well-hidden, secret path leading into the wood’s wildest and deepest recesses. The only sign of civilization for miles on end upon the winding path is a distant thin finger of smoke wafting up through the trees. All manner of animals lurk in the surrounds seemingly drawn to the little hut and surrounding buildings hidden deep in the forest. Here dwells the so-called witch Oleander, a mysterious being possessing incredible powers she uses to heal and improve animals seeking her care.

By Maciej Zagorski


Notable Locations

Most of Oleander’s Sanctuary and its surrounds comprise locations of little interest to adventurers. A few locations, however, are notable:

  1. Main Approach: This well-concealed trail leads to the sanctuary. Steep inclines flank the trail.
  2. Targeting Rocks: Here animals suffering injuries to their fine motor skills learn once again to precisely strike their foes.
  3. Daylight Garden: This field contains a variety of potent, exotic herbs that should not grow in these climates and soil.
  4. Aviary: Here grow unruly trees and bushes, weaving a dense web of branches; the perfect spot to train aerial agility.
  5. Northern Field: Here grows food for the sanctuary’s guests and the ingredients for Oleander’s spiced bread.
  6. The Witch’s Tower: The impressive annex of the sanctuary’s main building contains Oleander’s private quarters as well as a perpetually locked cellar door and acts as Old Garm’s library.
  7. Main Building: Here Oleander meets guests for herbal tea.
  8. Treatment Tent: This massive gazebo, allows for the treatment of animals that are more confident outside.
  9. “The Stables”: This massive building is the home and living quarters for larger animals.
  10. Night Garden: Below the main building, lies a subterranean cavern with a bubbling spring. Oleander cultivates medicinal mushrooms here.

Notable Folk

Most of the residents are animals and magical beasts, but they share some general characteristics:

Appearance: Animals are well-groomed, unless contrary to the animal’s nature, and they live in peace with one another

Dress: Oleander always has calloused hands, stained a vibrant green, but keeps her green-brown robe in immaculate condition.

The permanent residents of the sanctuary comprise:

  • Oleander (anywhere, N androgynous mysterious entity) Oleander is always busy, tending to wounds, brewing strange draughts or drying herbs.
  • Master Petz (location 3 or 9, CN very old awakened dire bear barbarian 5) Master Petz is very strong, but very sleepy.
  • Old Garm (location 6, NG venerable awakened wolf sorcerer 8) The old wolf acts as Oleander’s apprentice and assistant.
  • Syrouac Fortescree (location 4, CN awakened owl rogue 8) An owl clad in ill-fitting finery half of the time, Syrouac acts as the sanctuary’s greeter and spymaster.
  • Aasic “Wooly” Movasi, the 13th (location 4, LG awakened hamster paladin 1) Aasic is an eccentric silver-grey hamster who claims to be a champion from outer space.


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


Praise for Places of Power: Oleander’s Sanctuary

“Thilo Graf’s place of power is one that I like on a base level, as the ideas behind it are just very refreshing. It’s not just an animal sanctuary, but also has very real overtones of genetic splicing and other concepts like that, helping to make it stand out from other locations of which I’ve read.”

–Ehn L (five stars)


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