Village Backdrop: Oakhurst

The village of Oakhurst squats deep in the gnarled boughs of the Tangled Woods. The Lonely Coast’s smallest and most isolated village, only the most daring or the most desperate call it home, surrounded as it is on all sides by monstrous denizens and half-goblin tribes. Its dilapidated buildings sink into the squalor of the streets, presenting a loathsome and unwelcoming appearance. Oakhurst’s villagers are no better. Mostly trappers and hunters, the grim folk of Oakhurst distrust outsiders and keep to strange ways and customs. Visitors are strongly discouraged from overstaying their welcome.

Yet, Oakhurst’s darkest secret lies in a cave situated in a nearby cliff. On full moons, the villagers lock their doors and shutter their windows, pretending they do not hear the incessant flapping of wings in the sky overhead. Oakhurst’s oldest family, the Wearnes, long ago made a pact with a fell god, gaining the power of lycanthropy. Years of inbreeding to keep the line pure have driven the family of werebats to the brink of madness. High in the cave, the Wearnes participate in vile rites to their dark god, offering worship to one of its hideous servants. As the family slips further into insanity and their devotions more heinous, Oakhurst has become more dangerous for the unwary than it ever has before.

 

 

Notable Locations

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

  1. The Bloody Ear: One of the more sturdy buildings in Oakhurst, a collection of dismembered ears decorates the wall behind the bar.
  2. Oakhurst Jail: The smell of death and decay waft from this large wood and stone building.
  3. General Store: A faded sign hangs in front of this worn, dilapidated building.
  4. Daveth Cass’s House: From this long shack, Daveth operates his ferry business.
  5. Rasala’s Bear Trap Emporium: An unusually well-kept building, Rasala crafts and sells well made bear traps from her home.
  6. The Witching Rock: A large boulder thrusts out of the river, splitting it in two.
  7. Wearne Farmstead: The ancestral home of the Wearne family is nothing more than a shabby collection of huts and shacks stuck together.
  8. Ruined Manor: The burnt remains of a stone manor rest in deep, cloying shadows under the trees.
  9. The Cliff: A rocky cliff, 40 ft. high, rises suddenly out of the forest. A cave entrance near its top faces east.

 

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Praise for Village Backdrop: Oakhurst

“The palpable sense of dread found herein and the sheer atmosphere make this pdf feel so much longer than its default page-count and should ensure that any Dm worth his salt will get at least one adventure or sidetrek out of this location – perhaps even so much more. This is what a drop-in-location should be like: Evocative, atmospheric, intriguing…”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars + seal of approval)

“All in all a thoroughly unpleasant little settlement…”

–Megan Robertson (five stars)


 

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