Wakefield

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A small village comprised of two distinct groups: young adults and the elderly. There are no roads from the east; only dirt roads from the other directions. Liona was a sort of foreman for the community and was the troupe's main point of contact. Their main means of survival seemed to be the farming of various grains. The most prominent building in the village was the windmill, which was set some ways off on a hill. The major religion of the town is that of the Lord Who Watches. They hold occasionally hold festivals in town under the local temple's supervision.

The villagers dodged talking about the apparent missing generations.

Village rules included:

  • Hunting in the woods is outlawed. It's been that way for a long time. No one should go into the woods.
  • Going to the windmill in the evening or night is forbidden because it is unsafe.
  • Father Caudicus' root cellar is off-limits to villagers.
  • Asking certain questions is not allowed.

Locations

The windmill

Used for milling grain. Liona said they could never build a new one. It looked like it had been abandoned for months. While the troupe was there, they were attacked in the early afternoon by ghasts bursting in to the building. There were barrels of ale on the main floor that Wilben sampled from. There were some supplies in chests in the upper floor that Nono discovered.

On the ground floor of the windmill, there was a secret door in the floor that led to a large round chamber. The chamber floor was littered with old humanoid bones over a markedly dwarven coat of arms. Around the edges were 11 alcoves, each with a perfectly sealed masterpiece sarcophagus inside. Wilben and Mercy read the runes and determined that a group called the the Bladed Keys Mercenaries were laid to rest there.

When the troupe returned to the arena the next day after felling one of the Living Dead trees, the room had changed. There was a noticable humming noise from the arena audible from outside the space. A magic circle nearly as large as the room itself was centered on the floor. The veiny purple linework contained dwarven runes along the edges. The runes read:

Eleven perished to take the land, and thus so shall the Eleven be brought back to retake it. The power of the blood fallen used to strengthen and bind them, and thus so shall fallen blood bring them forth. 
The center symbol Nono copied down in her notes.

In the center of the circle was a strange mark in the same effect as the circle. Nono recognized that it was likely a personal sigil of some sort, as it was not religious nor was it simple enough to be a family crest.

According to El, who had presumably been there the entire time the troupe was gone, no visitors had come since the troupe had last seen him, and they had no part in the circle.

Father Caudicus' root cellar

A set of doors behind doors with earthen walls. The stairs were cut out. The wooden door has a handle with a looped chain. There was a wooden stake driven through the chain into the earth. Behind that chained door was a 15' room with an altar. There was a small stone rectangle, like a sarcophagus, in the center of the room. The stone is blank. On top of the altar were 3 hearts with a single knife stabbed through each one. There was a discarded heart on the ground. The alter was spaced so there were 4 equal parts. 1 space was "empty". According to Wilben, the knives were possibly magical.

Father Caudicus claimed that the hearts belong to ghasts.

History

The village of Wakefield was prosperous until 25 years ago when the Estate fell. Father Caudicus explained that many of the children in Wakefield were not born or very young when it happened.