Village Backdrop: Ronak

Nobody knows Ronak exists. Or, more precisely, nobody remembers. Ronak was the last hope of a dying trade company, a desperate attempt to settle and explore a distant swamp. When the colony found nothing but lizardfolk (exterminated in short order), the trade company did not have enough gold to retrieve their employees. Ronak never heard from civilization again. Centuries later, the dwarves of Ronak believe civilization to be but a myth. Over the generations, they have become more savage, reverting bit by bit to a primitive state. They are haunted and guided by the ghosts of the exterminated lizardfolk who seek the continuation of their culture. The dwarves speak a hybrid of Dwarven and Draconic, build thatch huts amid the colony’s ruins and worship a mixture of half-forgotten dwarven deities and heathen serpent gods. Most disturbingly, some dwarven children now bear scales and jagged teeth. Perhaps one day soon the lizardfolk will be born again, this time from dwarven mothers.


Notable Locations

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

  1. Bitter Bog: Bitter Bog surrounds Ronak for 50 miles in all directions, isolating it from the rest of the world.
  2. Fangwaters: The Fangwaters, a saltwater spring where alligators do not tread, is an excellent fishing ground.
  3. Gravepits: When the dwarves of Ronak massacred the lizardfolk, they threw the charred corpses into mass graves. Centuries later, the Ronakee view the Gravepits as sacred, a place for meditation and reflection where the ancestors’ whispers can be heard.
  4. Scaleborn House: The Scaleborn family are closest to lizardfolk, and they wear their mutations with unusual pride.
  5. Spirithouse: Hallucinogenic sawleaf smoke fills the spirithouse at all times. Hunters pray here, and the villagers seek counsel among the vapours.
  6. Temple of Sskalaz: The Temple of Sskalaz was once a temple to the dwarven god of protection. However, the elements have reshaped the statue into the shape of a stone serpent, and religious customs have followed suit.

Notable Folk

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

  • Dunaz the Fisherman (location 1; NG male scaled dwarf ranger 3) Dunaz is far progressed in her transformation. Her large eyes pierce muddy water and she swims like a lightning snake with the help of a malformed tail.
  • Elder Karhok (location 3; CN female scaled dwarf cleric 8) Blind Elder Karhaz is the oldest of the Ronakee. After instruction from his god, he split his tongue in twain with an axe. Now he spits prophecies of rebirth, while raising his claws in reverence to Sskalaz. He reviles outsiders as evil spirits.
  • Hildaz Scaleborn (location 4; CN female scaled dwarf barbarian 6) Feared and respected, Hildaz is the tribe’s best. Past rows of jagged teeth, she dribbles froth at any who displease her. Hildaz often fights with her brethren, but she is a valuable tribeswoman. She hates outsiders.
  • Hinrok Throatsinger (location 5; CN male scaled dwarf bard 4) Hinrok Throatsinger comes from a line of bards. While his forbears played the lute, Hinrok intones modified dwarven epics in rough chants. He is fascinated by outsiders.
  • Tordaz Mudrunner (location 5; LN female scaled dwarf fighter 5) Though decisions are made in collective by all parents, Tordaz holds the most sway. She is respected among her peers for her patient and fair judgement. Tordaz is open to outsiders, but is highly defensive of her people.


(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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