Saturday, July 28, 2018

D&D 5th Edition: Shadowrock

In the last decade the trading post of Shadowrock, which once had  a very active silver mine, has recently become the headquarters of the Thunderstone Mercenary Company. The presence of the mercs has led to Shadowrock becoming a boomtown which lies along the River Road, which traces the River Stojanow. 

Merick Stonecunning, great great grandson of Old King Tragar Stonecunning of long, lost Hammerfall, co-founded the Company with his older sister Magenta over two decades ago and made a name for himself and his crew in the tumult and chaos of the waning days of Returned Abeir and its Sundering from Toril.  The Ironheart's have several permanent contracts and inevitably take on several shorter term contracts each spring.  The Company is renowned for their discipline and loyalty.

Recently, Merick was severely wounded while slaying a black dragon, but has settled in as the "mayor" of Shadowrock very easily. This change led to his daughter, Ophelia, taking over as  Commander of the Thunderstones.  Merick has grown content running the Graveltongue Supply Depot, knowing his daughter's time has come.

The Thunderstones, as a company, own the town which is mostly populated by its members and their families. Most members stationed there are recuperating from injuries or are veterans who now perform administrative duties.  

While there is plenty of housing, the town itself is made up of the Saloon, Minda's Place (a brothel), Graveltongue's, the Mine, the School (for the kids), Shepherd's Forge, Cooty's (a tavern) and Dowd's Inn. The boomtown has earned a reputation as being a tough place for troublemakers or scoundrels to stick their necks into.

The Mine was reopened about six months ago by Magenta after several veins of mithral were discovered deep into the mine.  The upper level also serves as storage and an headquarters for the Company.  While Merick is given a great deal of respect by the Thunderstones, he is content to reinforce Ophelia's position as Commander and takes Magenta's counsel very seriously.

All healthy Company members spend at minimum two hours a day training under the watchful eye of Bale Leadhawk, a half-elf ranger who helped Merick and Magenta found the group.

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