The Forgotten Keep

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The outpost, though now in ruins, has survived the passage of millennia mostly intact.

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06/21/24

A ruined, circular keep looms out of the forest, surrounded by towering, ancient trees draped with hanging moss. Four circular towers sprout from the cracked walls like the trunks of great trees, at least one crumbled into rubble. Twisting vines and thick moss cover the walls in a coat of verdant green, blending the ruins almost seamlessly into the surrounding woods. The overgrown remains of a path lead to an open, arched gateway gaping in the keep’s eastern wall, its doors long since rotted away.

Long ago, before the fall of the Starstone, when the Verduran Forest stretched from the World’s Edge Mountains to the Lake of Mists and Veils, the elves built an outpost far to the north in what is now the northern River Kingdoms. When they fled Golarion at the onset of the Age of Darkness, the elves abandoned this outpost as they did so many others. Centuries later, after their return, they found that while humanity had overrun much of Avistan, the Stolen Lands had become a wilderness untouched by both elf and human. Moved by this, they left their ancient keep abandoned, and in the ensuing centuries even the elves forgot about it.

Yet elven architecture is built to last, and the outpost, though now in ruins, has survived the passage of millennia mostly intact. Over the years, it has been home to host of creatures, both fair and foul. Most recently, it has become the residence of a baobhan sith, an evil fey creature that lures men to their doom and drinks the blood of the living. Her presence in the region has attracted other wicked fey to the area—all can feel the growing presence of the First World in the region and hope to be here when whatever they feel is about to happen finally does. She feels little responsibility to these other fey, who in turn think of her almost as a force of nature and, when they must speak of her, simply call her the Dancing Lady. Until then, the dark fey prey upon the infrequent travelers in the southern Narlmarches; enough hunters and trappers have gone missing near the ruined keep that most give it a wide berth these days.

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