Facts about Cathaern:

  • Last bastion of elvish civilization
  • Isolated from the rest of the island by the Plague Gates, which were built centuries ago to keep out the elvish plague
  • Any civilian found with the plague is dealt with immediately in one of two ways (depending on what factions arrive first):
    • visibly branded and escorted immediately beyond the Plague Gates
    • slaughtered and burned
  • Outer walls of Cathaern constructed of obsidian crystal, the secrets of which are long lost
  • Governed by the Archmage Talandrel Illarion
  • Prejudiced towards orcs, humans and dwarves

Holy City of Cathaern

CN small city

Corruption -5; Crime -1; Economy -1; Law +0 Lore +2; Society -3

Qualities: Holy Site, Insular, Racially Intolerent (Orcs, Humans, Dwarves)

Danger +5


Government Magical

Population 10,000 (7,000 elves; 1,500 half-elves; 750 humans; 500 gnomes, 250 other)

Notable NPCs

Archmage Talandrel Illarion (NG male elf wizard 14)

Dungsweeper Hrak (CG male half-orc druid 4)

Famous Thief The Crimson Rose (CN female half-elf rogue 7)


Base Value 3,200 gp; Purchase Limit 25,000 gp; Spellcasting 9th

Minor Items 4d4; Medium Items 3d4; Major Items 1d6

Plagued: The community is suffering from a protracted contagion or malady. (–2 to all modifiers; reduce base value by 20%; select a communicable disease—there’s a 5% chance each day that a PC is exposed to the disease and must make a Fortitude save to avoid contracting the illness)

Holy Site: The settlement hosts a shrine, temple, or landmark with great significance to one or more religions. The settlement has a higher percentage of divine spellcasters in its population. (Corruption –2; increase spellcasting by 2 levels)

Insular: The settlement is isolated, perhaps physically or even spiritually. Its citizens are fiercely loyal to one another. (Law +1; Crime –1)

Racially Intolerant: The community is prejudiced against one or more races, which are listed in parentheses. (Members of the unwelcome race or races must pay 150% of the normal price for goods and services and may face mockery, insult, or even violence)


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