Village Backdrop: Gulls’ Roost

Memory walks the streets of Gulls’ Roost, a constant presence in a village that was all but forgotten before it was born. Envisioned as a summer retreat from crowded city life for the kingdom’s elites, Gulls’ Roost looks the part, a glittering jewel nestled in unspeakable beauty. But dismayed by tales of dangers during the village’s costly construction, the nobles never came, and Gulls’ Roost instead became a permanent home to the labourers who built it.


They were in time joined by elven adventurer Dovrenir Leafsong and his beloved human companion, who knew they would only have so much time together. What Dovrenir didn’t know is how much he would miss her, or their children when they left home. He set his magical crafts to keeping his memories alive, creating a replica of his lost love and imbuing it with a piece of her soul. It was the first of the village’s living dolls, a companion that would in time be joined by many more. And while their ceaseless ability to help first seemed a boon, soon there was little need for the living inhabitants to ply their crafts. These living memories took on a hard edge, their attempts to help simply causing more and more villagers to succumb to melancholia and forget the things they needed to live. Even as Dovrenir keeps preserving his friends in the only way he knows how, these living dolls may soon be the death of Gulls’ Roost.

Notable Locations

A few locations in Gull’s Roost are of interest to adventurers:

  1. Kingslight: The enchanted lighthouse on this small isle magically shines day and night despite a lack of any great need.
  2. The Shorefront: The docks jutting into Rainbow Bay hold the village’s fishing vessels and any visiting jolly boats but are too small to secure a proper seafaring ship.
  3. Fishmongers’ Court: The stalls where villagers pick up fresh fish is the centre of the community, where news and gossip is exchanged more frequently than money.
  4. Leafsong Manor: Dovrenir Leafsong’s home extends back into the spur of rock it is built against; here is the workshop where he crafts the village’s living dolls.
  5. The Pearl Palace: Known simply as the Pearl to the locals, Reyney Keep offers homemade meals, strong drinks and honest games of skill and chance to locals and visitors alike. The handful of rooms for the village’s rare visitors remains sumptuously appointed, though the furnishings show their age.
  6. Cascade’s Bridge: This stone span over the mouth of the Cascades waterfall serves as a more frequent locale for marriages, funerals and other such ceremonies than the nearby cathedral.
  7. The Sovereign’s Spire: Despite its stunning beauty, this cathedral dedicated to Conn is attended almost exclusively by sailors seeking to curry favour with the goddess of the sea, as villagers seek a fulltime priest to replace the living doll version of the village’s long-time shepherd.
  8. The Ignoble Market: Designed to be a one-stop shopping location for luxury goods for summering nobles, these connected buildings never saw that dream come to fruition. Now, other than the forge, they open only at need, supplying travellers from half-stocked shelves.
  9. The Stormwall: This exterior wall serves more to protects Gulls’ Roost against raging storms coming off the sea than raiders (though villagers can retreat to its protection in the event of an attack). Its towers hold the so-called Toy Soldiers, living dolls who spent much of their time watching for approaching dangers.
  10. Fort Promontory: This fort holds living quarters for Lady Cilia and barracks for the village’s small cadre of living guards. Some of the fort is unused, but the rest is decked out ostentatiously.

Praise for Gulls’ Roost

“Jacob W. Michaels has written one of the best, most unique villages in the entire series here. The subtle melancholia as a leitmotif, contrasted with the idyll; the multi-faceted implementation of leitmotifs and their mirroring – they perfectly combine into a supplement greater than the sum of its parts. This is a grand little masterpiece, in that it has plenty of adventuring potential without throwing obvious threat xyz at the PCs…and because it manages to hit the subtle notes in between so well. I adore this place, and it resonated with me in a truly remarkable manner. The system-neutral iteration manages to retain the atmosphere of the other versions pitch-perfectly. 5 stars + seal of approval, and this is a candidate for my Top Ten of 2019.”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars + seal of approval+ Top Ten of 2019 Candidate)


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