Luthsurl of Dragonhead lie the wild, rolling,
monster-infested hills of Sparruk—which are, in
a word, poor. Poor people live there, the soil is
too poor to grow decent crops, and poor grazing
is available for livestock—poor and dangerous.
Sparruk’s few inhabitants eke out meager
existences, stockpiling everything they can and
retreating into secure safeholds in the cold months
when wolf packs dominate the land.
Why would I bother to bring this monsterhaunted
realm of crumbling stone ruins to your
attention? Simple. Prospectors and adventurers
dare the wilds of Sparruk seeking thaelstones—
translucent blue gems that can be “awakened” to
utter messages when touched and to remember
messages when used properly. These rare gems
easily fetch tens of thousands of gold shields. The
promise of thaelstones is enough to encourage
adventurers to brave the dangers and seek out
ancient ruins and crumbling mines where the
stones may be found.
It must be noted that the wolves of Sparruk are
not its only danger. The Tharksun is line of wooded
hills that runs sekhovynd out of Sparruk, forming
the border between the coastal farms of Ghandalar
and the luthsurl realms of Estorna and Khalandorn.
Few are willing to travel deep into the forest out
of fear of the wolves and the rumors of darker, fell
creatures that dwell there.