Rumor Mill

Possible avenues to research:

  • Borys Orloff, a foul-mannered trapper, has been missing for some time – word is he gave up trapping and joined the bandits. Status: Trapper is deceased, done in by one of his own traps.
  • There used to be a bridge crossing the Shrike river to the Southeast, but bandits destroyed it. People say it’s haunted now. Status: True. But bridge has been restored and the tortured spirit of Davik Nettles laid to rest.
  • The bandits are getting braver and more organized, and there’s whispers that they have a new leader – a man who dresses in animal’s bones and calls himself the Stag Lord. Status: Truth. He has been defeated and the bandit crew disbanded.
  • Some of the bandits wear silver amulets that resemble a stag’s skull—these bandits belong to a debased cult dedicated to a hideous animal demon. *Status: * Partially debunked, the bandit leaders do wear an amulet but they are not part of a cult.
  • Bandits aren’t the only things in the Kamelands that cause trouble—there’s a tribe of kobolds and a tribe of mites living somewhere in the hills too. They aren’t as much trouble as the bandits, but their presence certainly makes the idea of settling the land less attractive. Status: Kobolds have been domesticated into the new kingdom and the mites were eradicated.
  • The primary trade route from the River Kingdoms to Brevoy is the East Sellen River, a major waterway that runs through a swampy region to the west called the Hooktongue Slough. The trade route’s been closed for several months, though, due to an increased amount of violence from the boggard tribes that dwell there—hopefully the frog folk keep to the swamp and don’t turn their bulging eyes east toward the Narlmarches! Status: Rumor?
  • A group of evil monks and priests of a lesser-known goddess of hatred, extortion, and spite once dwelt on the northern shore of the Tuskwater to the south. I bet there are still cultists out there, and that they’re behind the sudden rise in banditry! Status: (Partially False; a monastery dedicated to Gyronna did once sit on the shores of the Tuskwater, but her faith has nothing to do with the Stag Lord or his bandits.)
  • Some people report that a unicorn lives in the Narlmarches, but sightings of the magnificent creature have fallen off in recent months. Perhaps the unicorn was driven out by the bandits? Status: Rumor?
  • Taldan colonists once made an attempt to settle in the Stolen Lands. They failed, but not for lack of resources. There’s supposedly some old and abandoned mines somewhere in the Kamelands—and some folks believe that there’s gold in them there hills! Status: True and at least two mines have been located.
  • An old friend of a friend had a brother who went missing in the Stolen Lands a while back. A traveling wizard. His spellbook’s probably just rotting away in the underbrush or in some monser’s lair. Shame, really! Status: True and located
  • The waters of the Tuskwater are the home to an enormous turtle, named Old Crackjaw by the fisherman of nearby Ravenmoore. He is said to be as large as an adult bull and twice as ferocious. Many a fisherman has lost a hand while trying to catch the beast. Status: Rumor?
  • A green dragon lives in the Narlmarches and eats anyone who crosses its path.Status: Rumor? (Oh, definitely fucking true – Morrigan, from Beyond)
  • A Brutish Hill Giant has been seen wandering the southern Kamelands. Give him a wide berth (or a stiff drink), and he’ll leave you alone. Status: Rumor?
  • A tribe of violent lizardfolk led by a lizard king who talks to the spirits of his dead ancestors dwells deep in the southern swamps. Status: Rumor?
  • The old tower on the island in Candlemere marks a place where the boundary between this world and another has rasped thin – and it is now guarded by some sort of deadly monster. Status: Rumor?

Rumor Mill

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