Village Backdrop: Wellswood

A busy, prosperous village, Wellswood is justly famed for the warm welcome travellers find in the village’s taverns and inns and for its most striking feature: Lake Thraren—a subterranean lake lying deep below the village’s foundations. The villagers catch the exotic fish swarming in its deep, cold waters and on its shore stand the fortress home of the dwarf clan of Erdikr. Here long before humans colonised the land above, these secretive dwarves serve Lord Issakainen, maintaining the village’s many wells, but let none enter their lightless home.

By Tommi Salama

By Tommi Salama


All is not peaceful in Wellswood, however. Merchants and villagers alike grumble at the slowly increasing burden of taxes levied by the greedy Lord Issakainen while others have begun to wonder exactly what clan Erdikr are up to deep below the earth.

Village Backdrop: Wellswood is now available in both Pathfinder and System Neutral Editions! 

Notable Locations

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

  1. Castle Issakainen: Castle Issakainen’s lofty battlements overlook the trading routes that meet just north of the village.
  2. The Footsore Wanderer: Occupying a walled compound, the Footsore Wanderer has ample accommodations for all but the largest caravans.
  3. Toll Booth: From these watchtowers Lord Issakainen levies tolls on all travellers entering Wellswood.
  4. Wheels & Wagons: Run by two brothers, this large business can repair almost any mode of transport.
  5. Tuomi’s Outfitters: This meticulously organised shop has everything a traveller should need to reach his destination.
  6. The Boot & Wheel: This small inn does a roaring trade; its guests are welcome to pitch their tents within the inn’s grounds or to hire one of its many small lodges.
  7. The Angry Badger: A local’s watering hole, the Angry Badger serves cheap, plentiful drinks and basic, but filling, food. Additional entertainments are always available upstairs (and occasionally downstairs).
  8. Travellers’ Rest: This rambling shrine dedicated to Behron, the god of travellers, is open to all. Travellers low on funds can sleep in the shrine for free.
  9. Lake Thraren: Lord Issakainen tightly controls access to Lake Thraren and tithes those fishing its waters.
  10. Don Galir: Home of the Erdikr clan, this small dwarven hold lies under Wellswood; non-dwarves are rarely admitted.

Praise for Village Backdrop: Wellswood

“…a compelling settlement that manages to strike a precarious balance…”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars)

Wellswood_front_new_220A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 29 October 2015; Pages 10

PDF ($2.45) d20pfsrd, DriveThruRPG, Paizo, RPGNow, Warehouse 23 or sign up to Raging Swan’s Patreon campaign before 26 October and get it for $2!

Download a Free Sample Wellswood At A Glance

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Wellswood_cover_220A 5e Compatible GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 1 September 2016; Pages 10

PDF ($2.45) DriveThruRPG, RPGNow

Download a Free Sample 5e Wellswood At A Glance




A System Neutral Edition GM’s Resource by Creighton Broadhurst

Released 1 April 2016; Pages 10

PDF ($2.45) DriveThruRPG, RPGNow

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