Village Backdrop: Greystone

The sharp-pointed hills huddle closely together as the land rises inexorably through the deepening shadows toward the Mottled Spire’s looming titanic bulk. Shrieking wind scours the desolate, treeless hilltops and fills the tangle of uncharted steep-sided, rock-strewn valleys cutting through the hills.

By Tommi Salama

By Tommi Salama


Civilisation’s creeping tendrils did not linger long in such a hard place. A century ago, settlers from Languard founded Greystone as a fishing village and rebuilt the shattered ruin of the Shard as a lighthouse and watchtower. However, the harsh weather, isolation and events of a certain terror-filled night doomed their efforts to failure.

Now, the decayed ruins of Greystone yet cling to the vertiginous, landward flank of the Mottled Spire and are still visible from Languard’s ramparts. Most of the buildings are little more than crumbling facades built over the mouths of the numerous caves riddling the rock. Linked by steep and narrow roads hacked from the Spire’s living rock, these homes once sheltered almost 200 souls. Sickly briars and the flotsam of countless winter storms now choke many of the roads rendering them all but impassable—only the nimblest or strongest travellers find the going easy.

A nameless aura of fear and decay hangs over the crumbling, wind-blasted ruins. Seemingly perpetually shrouded in shadow by the Mottled Spire’s looming bulk dark legends cluster thickly about the village. Stories of ghoulish hauntings and myths of the degenerate, inbred survivors of the original settlers lurking amid the ruins along with the village’s isolated position, conspire to keep decent folk away.

Notable Locations

Most of Greystone comprises nothing but ruined buildings. A few locations, however, are of interest to adventurers:

  1. The Docks: Pummelled by winter storms and hide tides, the docks and their tumbled stone breakwater are battered and cracked.
  2. Hall of the Storm Mistress: Dedicated to Serat, Mistress of Storms, this ruined building stands hard against the docks.
  3. Shrine of the Father: The walls of this building still stand proud, but surely they must soon collapse. Fallen rubble hides the entrance to a forgotten crypt.
  4. Forge of the Dead: A small cave-home at the back of this forge is home to several ravenous ghouls.
  5. Alanen Manor: This ramshackle manor house hides a bone-filled shrine dedicated to the Shadow in the Sea in its cellar.
  6. The Caves: Caves honeycomb the rock; Dagon’s cultists yet use these as their home.
  7. The Twisted Path: This precipitous path leads to the Shard.
  8. The Shard: Destroyed decades ago, at the height of a vicious and prolonged storm of unnatural virility, the Shard juts from the Mottled Spire like a jagged, broken tooth. Occasionally, faint lights are glimpsed in its vicinity.
By Tommi Salama

By Tommi Salama

Notable Folk

Few folk dwell in Greystone anymore; those that do are the degenerate, inbred descendants of the village’s original settlers:

  • Ilari Alanen (location 6; CE male degenerate human ranger 2) Ilari stalks the Mottled Spire and knows its secret paths well.
  • Marja Alanen (location 6; NE female degenerate human sorcerer [aberrant] 4) Uljas’ wife, Marja is even more depraved than her husband.
  • Uljas Alanen (location 6; NE male degenerate human cleric [Dagon] 3) The depraved leader of the Dagon cultists, Uljas enjoys sacrificing living victims to his dark god.
  • Vilho Alanen (location 6; CE male degenerate human fighter 2) Bloodthirsty and hideous, Vilho loves fighting.

(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 Village Backdrop: Greystone

“Creighton Broadhurst, master of Raging Swan Press, is an absolute master at depicting desolate places, decrepitude and a general sense of a world that has moved on, to paraphrase the classic King-sentiment. Indeed, even among the offerings he has penned, this stands out.”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars [for the village’s Pathfinder edition])


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greystone_front_220A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst

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