Shadows of Northmere
Avonhill is located in the remote, southeastern corner of the Barony of Strath. It is a small town with wooden walls protecting three sides and the fourth side facing the Avonmere River. It has a couple of inns, some shops, a smithy, garrison, watch tower, and Lord Murray’s manor. The remains of a ruined foundry are a reminder of a time when Avonhill smelted ore from mines, when it was under Astorian rule. There is a permanent militia presence that patrols the countryside, as well as 50 Redcloaks who use the tower as their base. A few miles downstream is River Hollow, a community of halflings who primarily fish, farm, and ply trade down the river in barges.
Lord Murray, the liege lord, is a strict ruler who places the defense of the region as his priority. The region is home to farms that take advantage of the Avonmere’s fertile valley, woodsmen and trappers who live on the outskirts of the Deepwood Forest—called Farodh na Holig in Brellish—and fishermen.
Historically, Avonhill was a center of the resistance to Astoria during its decades-long occupation of Rallas until 17 years ago. It has always had a fierce streak of independence, even for Rallasians, and was punished for its defiance. The Astorians built a wall around Avonhill to protect its garrison there but eventually moved to Corbald because of the constant raids from the Deepwood and the Ridgeback Mountains. Lord Murray was the last resistance leader and was granted rulership of Avonhill by Baron Armin Strath following Astoria’s withdrawal.