Reign of Winter VA
Unlike most communities in the winterbound land of Irrisen, the village of Waldsby is not built near one of the nation’s life-giving rivers or lakes. Instead, the peasants eke out their livelihoods from the Hoarwood Forest, under whose eaves the tiny village huddles.
- Storehouse – This 30-foot tall fortified tower sits atop a low hill west of town, surrounded by a spiked iron fence.
- Blacksmith – Waldsby’s blacksmith, Iziamir Polovar, mostly keeps busy making arrowheads, sharpening axe blades, and repairing sled runners for the villagers, though the soldiers at the Pale Tower also bring him armor and weapons to repair.
- Verana’s Sundries – Though not as well stocked as village stores in the south, Waldsby’s general store does its best to carry the bare essentials for its customers.
- Town Hall – Waldsby’s most prominent structure is its town hall, complete with a clock tower overlooking the town square. The clock is frozen at 10 after 12.
- The Shorn Beard – The sign outside this barbershop depicts a clearly unhappy clean-shaven dwarf.
- The White Weasel – Emil and Katrina Goltiaeva are the owners and proprietors of the White Weasel, the only tavern in Waldsby. In addition to hot tea, the White Weasel mostly serves a watered-down local liquor called “Zimnyy Samogon,” distilled from the bark of the winteryew tree.
- Barn – This communal barn houses the few livestock the people of Waldsby possess. Currently, it holds a single decrepit cow.
- Town Square – A large statue of a beautiful woman stands in the center of Waldsby’s town square. No one in Waldsby knows who the statue depicts or when it came from, referring to it simply as the “Kholodnaya Zhenshina” or “Cold Woman” in Taldane.
- Cemetary – Generations of Waldsby’s dead are interred in this graveyard south of town, under the skeletal boughs of a dead tree said to have been there since the Winter War.
- Ruined House – A burnt frame and crumbling foundation are all that remain of this home.
- Village Chapel – Waldsby’s tiny village chapel is dedicated to Pharasma. The village priest, Arkady Golets, offers what little comfort he can to the beleaguered villagers.
- Carpenter – One carpenter living in Waldsby, a gnome with a shock of electric blue hair named Arbagazor Frimbocket, received his training at the Crooked House in Whitethrone, and his skill is unsurpassed by any other woodworker in the village.
- Sawmill – Logging in the Hoarwood Forest is strictly regulated, and Garthur Kalinin, owner of Waldsby’s sawmill, holds the few logging licenses the village has managed to procure.
- Nadya Petska’s Cabin – Nadya Petska lives in this stout cabin on the edge of town with her twin boys, Orm and Mjoli.