Village Backdrop: Hard Bay

Hard Bay’s fate has ever been tied to the sea. Although blessed with a natural, protected harbour and plentiful fishing, foul weather and a dangerous, unwholesome reputation have conspired to keep the village nothing more than a dreary, isolated place. A vein of smuggling and thievery ran deep through the village until the Sharkrazor pirates were crushed four decades ago. Now administered by three minor noble families, a darker horror than mere piracy lurks within the place. Rumours speak of strange fires set amid a circle of ancient, weathered stones atop a nearby shunned hill when the moon is new and of strange, abhorrent fishmen lurking in the abandoned, half-drowned smuggler tunnels beneath the ramshackle village.

By Thomas Fayen


Notable Locations

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

  1. Blufont Manor: Family home of the Blufonts, much of the business of the Cult of the Deep is conducted within. Tunnels have been dug in its basement that lead into the Depths.
  2. Moisan Manor: Formerly a large brothel, Moisan Manor is the most renovated building in the village and drips with excess. Most nights, it hosts raucous ball.
  3. Gerou Manor: Small home of the Gerou family, it is notable for its roof mounted telescope.
  4. Stronghammer Metalworks: The smithy is run by a family of dwarves that try to protect visitors to Hard Bay.
  5. The Driftwood: The curio shop is owned by the Blufont family. Trading in unusual items and lore is always possible here.
  6. Docks: The docks are the focus of trade in Hard Bay. The warehouses are in varying states of disrepair.
  7. Lighthouse: Lookout Point is capped by a lighthouse that guards the bay and is reachable by a dangerous causeway.
  8. The Evening Mist: The public house has rooms for let.
  9. Maritime Hill: Topped by an altar and standing stones, the hill is clearly used for some fell purpose.
  10. The Depths: In these secret tunnels the Cult of the Deep meet to worship their piscine gods.

Notable Folk

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

  •  Aldal Stronghammer (location 4; NG male dwarf expert 3/fighter 2) Forgemaster of Stronghammer Metalworks, Aldal goes out of his way to gruffly encourage visitors to town not to stay past sunset. He is rarely seen without his overly large flask.
  • Councillor Ellagana Moisan (location 2; NE female tainted one human bard 6) Ellagana is the beautiful and hedonistic leader of the wealthy Moisan family. Through her family, she controls the docks and most of the trade.
  • Councillor Reynard Gerou (location 3; N male human aristocrat 4) Reynard smoothly plays a dangerous game, paying lip service to the Cult of the Deep. He has wandered from the cult and now seeks only to further his family’s position.
  • Fancy Tomnal Staggers (location 9; CN male human rogue 5) Sent by the Sharkrazor pirates who once held Hard Bay, Fancy Tomnal is spying on the village to see how the buccaneers might regain control. He isn’t sure what, but he has noticed that something is not quite right in Hard Bay. Unfortunately for him, the cult has already marked him as the sacrifice for the new moon.
  • High Councillor Affric Blufont (location 1; NE male tainted one human sorcerer [aquatic] 8) Patriarch of the Blufont family, Afrric is the senior member of the ruling council and the most powerful, ruthless member in the Cult of the Deep.
  • Old Moreg (location 7; CN male human sorcerer [abyssal] 4) The crazed Moreg tends the lighthouse with his summoned “friends.”

(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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