Narlmarches

A large area of forest in the Greenbelt. Splitting the Stolen Lands in half, the Narlmarches—or Narlmarch Woods, as they are sometimes known—sprawl across the region’s lowlands, hiding deep ravines, craggy hills, and languid streams beneath its houghs of oak, heech, and rushleaf. Within range proud herds of elk, rivercats (a mossy-furred breed of bobcat), black bears, boars, brush thylacines, and numerous breeds of especially large rodents. More unusual creatures also inhabit the forest, including giant owls, grigs (a small fey, part fairy, part grasshopper), will-o’-wisps, various aggressive plant creatures, and a healthy owlbear population. Several small troll gangs also occupy the forest’s southern reaches near the Candlemere, their seclusion affording them a simple life as hunters and scavengers, though, like most of their kind, they take eager sport in ambushing weaker humanoids. The ruins of numerous forgotten bandit hideaways also molder within the Narlmarches, leading to countless tales of lost riches and trap-laden tombs of fantastic treasures. The few humanoid inhabitants of this area are mostly trappers and hunters, but given the ease of hiding in the area and lack of lawful authority, it is also a haven for bandits. The defeat of Kressle has diminished the threat a little, but her superior, the Stag Lord, is still at large somewhere in the Kamelands to the east.

The river Thorn has its source in the Narlmarches and flows down into the Kamelands; a tributary near the forest’s edge features the camp of the bandit Kressle, now abandoned. There is also a hot sulphurous spring, formerly inhabited by giant frogs; this is presumably why the river that flows from it is called the Skunk.

Towards the north is a patch of moon radishes, claimed by the Sootscale kobolds; and a pair of mischievous fairies, a grig named Tyg-Titter-Tut and a faerie dragon named Perlivash. It seems there was in the past some effort to introduce the religion of Erastil to the area; to the west of the Skunk is an long-forgotten, overgrown statue of the god, and to the east of it a partially ruined temple at the foot of a cliff carved with the face of an elk. This temple is currently being refurbished under the direction of Jhod Kavken, using funds provided by Naias von Richter.

Narlmarches

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