Village Backdrop: Byrnfort

At the edge of the Barainwood lies the woodcutter’s village of Byrnfort. Under threat from massive, vicious beasts and shadowy horrors emerging from the forest, the villagers put their faith in the Green Men, a druidic cult promising protection from the forest’s dangers. Now valuable goods flow from Byrnfort and attacks have lessened, but the village’s future remains uncertain. The cult and the local militia, the Brands, are increasingly at odds, and while prospects seem bright, there are costs to Byrnfort’s prosperity. The villagers strive to protect their secrets and their way of life from prying eyes, but this grows ever more difficult as the village’s prosperity increases.

By Maciej Zagorski


Notable Locations

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

  1. The Stout Draught: The welcoming Stout Draught is the local tavern. It serves a popular local drink—sapbrew.
  2. Mieken’s: The alchemist Mieken owns this trading post and sells to both visiting merchants and the other villagers. Here can be had all his unique alchemical wares.
  3. The Charhouse: Mieken’s home is luxurious compared to most of Byrnfort. The smell of smoke is strong here.
  4. Hearth Tree: Here stands a newly planted sapling, surrounded by a circle of stones. The sapling is sacred to the Green Men.
  5. Sanrial’s Home: Sanrial is rarely at home, these days. However, Serie is taking refuge in the cellar.
  6. Old Fort: Old Fort is the largest building in the village, one of its first buildings and the most defensible position. Most of the time it serves as a meeting hall.
  7. Evryiel’s Home: Evryiel’s home is spacious and militant. It serves as the Brand’s unofficial headquarters.
  8. Godre’s Farmhouse: Here lives (and plots) Godre Wainright.

Notable Folk

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

  • Evryiel Gliede (location 7; NG female elf ranger 6) Captain of the Brands, Evryiel does her best to keep the peace and defend the village. She has been in Byrnfort longer than most, and is fully aware of the forest’s dangers.
  • Godre Wainwright (location 8; N male human commoner 2) Godre came to Byrnfort, searching for work as a woodcutter. After being shunned by the Green Men, he turned to farming (but plots his revenge).
  • Lesi Vyenel (location 1; NG female elf druid 3) Far friendlier than the other villagers, Lesi runs the Stout Draught and is a devoted member of the Green Men.
  • Mieken Charrel (location 3; N male human wizard 5) Specialising in creating alchemical charcoals, Mieken settled in Byrnfort to secure supply of its special woods.
  • Sanrial Lieder (location 6; NE male half-elf ranger 5) Sanrial leads the Green Men, and is a former member of the Brands.
  • Serie (location 5; CN female human rogue 3) A thief in trouble with the Brands, Serie has been given asylum by the Green Men in exchange for her assistance in certain rituals
  • Vigilant Bramble (location 5; NE ghost dryad druid 11) Vigilant Bramble died centuries ago, but continues to protect the Barainwoods with single-minded desperation. Her existence is known only to the Green Men.


(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 Village Backdrop: Byrnfort

“My apologies to author Amber Underwood for missing this nice village previously; Byrnfort has a cool, almost Twin Peaks-y vibe going on, and the emphasis on coal and the like is a seldom seen or developed aspect in villages, which adds a sense of authenticity to the village. The rites are really cool and further add local color to the place.”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars + seal of approval [Pathfinder edition])


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