Village Backdrop: Black Wyvern

The village of Black Wyvern has prospered from the surrounding woodland, producing high quality lumber for shipbuilding and the finest sea chests for a hundred miles. Founded by a retired pirate captain and his crew, who drove the Bone Snapper orcs from the site, the new villagers soon found something much worse lurking among the trees. Now, nearly 20 years later, the captain and most of his crew are long dead and the surviving inhabitants must pay a dark price for their wealth, forced into a twisted pact that allows them to harvest the forest’s bounty.


Notable Locations

Most of the village comprises peasant homes. A few locations, however, are of interest to adventurers:

  1. Spindrift House: The home of Black Wyvern’s founder and now the village council meeting place and “Clever” Kellem home.
  2. Sting in the Tale Tavern: At this lively local hostelry, the villagers enjoy swapping far-fetched sea stories at the end of a hard day’s work.
  3. Wyvern Mercantile: This well-stocked trading post, sells axes, saws and other wilderness gear to lumberjacks and hunters
  4. Degroff Lumber: A busy carpenter’s workshop and lumber yard, owned and run by Pirro Degroff.
  5. Watchhouse: The village jail where law-breakers and captured orcs and goblins are locked up, awaiting punishment.
  6. Execution Hill: A gnarled and twisted moon oak tree used for hangings stands atop this steep hill. This is Bitterroot.
  7. Lumber Run: Trees felled by the loggers are skidded down this track to the Degroff lumber yard.
  8. Palisade: This palisade protects the village from the local orcs and goblins.
  9. Forest: The villagers make their living from the woods, but must be on their guard against orc and goblin attacks.

Notable Folk

Most of the population are nothing more than hardworking peasants. A few, however, are of interest to adventurers:

  • Bitterroot (location 6; NE sentient moon oak) The evil tree demands blood sacrifices from the villagers in return for allowing them to take the forest’s bounty.
  • Mairwyn Greenleaf (location 3; CG female half-elf ranger 3) Hearty proprietor of Wyvern Mercantile, and an experienced tracker who knows the forest like the back of her hand.
  • Murgush Crowfoot (location 5; N female orc druid 6) In jail awaiting execution, Murgush has a plan to defeat Bitterroot.
  • Pirro Degroff (location 4; LE male human expert 3) Former ship’s carpenter. Greedy and thuggish, he has made his fortune from lumber and sits on the village council.
  • Shelgar Galak (location 5; NE female half-orc fighter 2) Watch sergeant and village executioner. She leads regular raids into the forest in search of fresh captives.
  • Tahan “Clever” Kellem (location 1; N[E] male halfling expert 3) Cowardly ex-pirate and navigator on the Black Wyvern; nervous leader of the village council.
  • Yala Nimblefingers (location 2; N male human bard 2) Landlord of the Sting in the Tale Tavern, master storyteller and the third council member.

(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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