Curse of the Crimson Throne
Village conventional (mayor); AL NG
GP Limit 200 gp; Assets 8,280 gp
Type mixed (81% human, 10% halfling, 4% dwarf, 3% half-elf, 1% gnome, 1% other)
Harse is a narrow village located on a strip of land at the point where Sarwin River empties into Falcon River. The village itself consists of only a few dozen buildings, including a church dedicated to Erastil, two groceries, two taverns (the Spotted Pony and the somewhat dingier Nag Bag), a large inn, and a bustling ferry service—this has been a traditional river-crossing site since as far back as Shoanti times. The northeastern edge of Harse features a large collection of stables and other buildings around an open field—the Harse Market, one of the most popular places to buy and trade livestock in the region, and the site of a yearly rodeo designed to single out the best animals and riders. The majority of Harse’s citizens don’t live in the village proper, but on one of the dozens of ranches and farms that dot the surrounding countryside. It is one of these, the Blackbird Ranch, that is owned by Vencarlo’s friends.
There isn’t much for the PCs in the village itself; Harse’s gp limit is too low to support most magic items, and the villagers themselves have little to offer high-level characters apart from rumors. Times aren’t quite bad in Harse, but neither are they great — the village, as with all of the Korvosan holdings in the region, rely upon trade from the city as well as regular support of patrols and the like from the Korvosan Guard and the Sable Company. With the city falling on such hard times, few merchants are coming to and from the city, and patrols have all but ceased. Highwaymen, bandits, and even goblins have become increasingly problematic on the roads. Whispers of what’s going on in Korvosa are on everyone’s lips, especially since the number of refugees who have fled the city seems to be growing. Word is that the majority of these refugees are traveling to Palin’s Cove or Veldraine, and that recently (with Queen Ileosa’s closing of the city and institution of martial law) the flow of refugees, and thus news, from Korvosa has all but ceased.