Village Backdrop: Quey’s Glade

Quey’s Glade is rarely ever in the same place on the map twice, but it is always nestled in deep woods. Whenever a child is lost, alone and scared in the woods, she often finds her way to this village. Just as a terrifying monster bears down on its victim, the victim stumbles into Quey’s Glade with nary a sign of the pursuing beast. The way to this village is through intense negative emotion, but the inhabitants cheerily greet new arrivals to instantly dispel their fears and other troubles. As the world becomes more interconnected and the forests fall to woodcutters’ axes, Quey’s Glade slowly runs out of secluded locations to position itself. Also, the more intelligent monsters losing their meals to the village have begun to learn its secret and lurk in the forest beyond, decreasing the halo of safety around the village.

By Maciej Zagorski (The Forge Studios)


Notable Locations

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

  1. Pasture: Cows and sheep graze in the village’s remotest farm, so the stench does not bother most villagers.
  2. Sanctuary: This arboreal building houses the village healer and small shrines for a variety of nature deities.
  3. Respite: This building and fenced-in area acts as an inn and a place where new arrivals can rest.
  4. Lookout: The tallest tree in Quey’s Glade allows panoramic views of the surrounding forest.
  5. Village Hall: The village’s seat of government.
  6. Garrison: Valathrax drills residents who have agreed to fight the terrors surrounding Quey’s Glade.
  7. Gardens: Here, villagers grow staple vegetables and tubers.
  8. Feyhome: This tree shelters resident and visiting fey.
  9. Thicket of Rare Plants: Druids in this location tend plants harvested to endangerment or extinction in the larger world.
  10. The Old Oak: Here stands the ancient treant Bastionbark.
  11. Warped Wood: The northeast border marks the burgeoning intrusion from the fell creatures inhabiting the woods outside.

Notable Folk

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

  • Bastionbark (location 10; NG treant druid 2) Bastionbark is the oldest living inhabitant of Quey’s Glade.
  • Ced Queywarden (location 4; CG male half-orc ranger 5) Abandoned by his tribe, Ced found his way to Quey’s Glade, where he takes his job as lookout very seriously.
  • Karja Weatherford (location 7; N female half-elf druid 4) Karja tends the gardens and plans the rotation of plants to ensure continued good yields.
  • Molly Kastiv (location 2; NG female young human adept 1) Molly has lived in the village for 12 years but apparently hasn’t aged beyond ten. She has learned some healing skills and uses that to help visitors and animals alike.
  • Nevirl Thimblewrought (location 5; CN male gnome expert 3) Descended from the Quey line, Nevirl became village leader after his predecessor was killed.
  • Pipperil (location 8; NG male pixie rogue 3) Pipperil spends very little time in Feyhome as he typically joins representatives from the village to the outside world.
  • Valathrax (location 6; N female awakened porcupine fighter 4) Val Indra died valiantly protecting children from raiding orcs; moments thereafter her spirit awoke a nearby porcupine.

(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 Quey’s Glade

“Even in the ridiculously amazing Village Backdrop-series, this is an outstanding offering.”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars + seal of approval)



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5 thoughts on “Village Backdrop: Quey’s Glade

  1. This is the most creative thing I’ve seen in some time! Absolutely gonna use it . . . to move my PCs from one end of the continent to the other. LOL