Baerent

Against the dark, haunted luthsurl eves of the
Mistcloak Forest lies Baerent. Once an independent
realm, it is now part of Firelorn in everything
but name. They say it was grief that spurred the
widowed Lady Nuthlore Baerenthur to accept Lord
Duke Ghelkor’s offer of protection if Baerent joined
his realm of Firelorn. While the enigmatic Lady
Dusking accepted Ghelkor’s offer of aid, making
Baerent a protectorate of Firelorn, she has thus far
resisted his clumsy courting. Though his passing
was nearly seven years ago, some still believe that
she refuses Ghelkor out of love and respect for her
departed husband, Nestarl. Others say she is simply
wary and suspects the Lord Duke’s motives. As
a result, Firelornans and Baerentaen are similarly
civil, but guarded, in their dealings with each other.
There are many rumors about the Baerenthur-
Ghelkor courtship. Much of it centers around
rumors that, while the Lord Duke wants to claim
the Baerenthur lands and wealth, he will not
forcibly marry then slay the Lady because he fears
her sorcery. There are also rumors that the good
Lady has magical means of communicating swiftly
and privately with her ally, Daeren Tarmor, the Lord
of Haunthills. Of course, the stories disagree on her
method of communication—most tales currently
favor a floating skull that talks.
Whatever the rumors, the Baerent-Firelorn
relationship bears watching. Pay close attention to
the news coming from Warhorn Well, Owltree, and
Glusgar—especially Warhorn Well.

The Lands of Castlemourn

Baerent

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