Valthrun the Prescient
sage and scholar of WinterHaven
Valthrun is a sage and scholar who lives in a tower within Winterhaven‘s walls. On occasion he shows up in Wrafton’s Inn to socialize. Valthrun is knowledgeable about the area and its history. Valthrun is a great listener and an even better resource for knowledge.
He lives in Valthrun’s Tower which is a 5 story tower, the highest structure in WinterHaven. The tower is over 300 years old. Valthrun has blocked off the bottom 3 floors of his building and keeps only the top 2 open as his residence.
valthrun has a small collection of 1st and 2nd level rituals he is willing to sell.
BloodReavers —> Tells of history of Thunderspire Labryinth and how he believes the dark dwarves in Thunderspire Mountain will tell you more about this supposed Blood Reaver tribe. (1250 XP and and 1000 gold for unraveling the truth)
Douven —> Dragon burial site? I believe that there is a place to the southwest that has been associated with an ancient dragon, but I have no first-hand knowledge of the truth of such legends.
Ancient keep —> The keep was built during the height of the old empire. Some sort of watchtower. I can’t recall what for. Some think it was to guard against gnoll marauders, but i don’t think that’s right. Whatever, the keep outlived its usefulness. It’s been a ruin since before I was born. probably a goblin lair by this time. But you’ve whetted my curiosity When I return to my tower, I’ll look through my library. The next time you see me here, I will know more. If you are interested I have a few rituals for purchase back at my tower. See me if you are interested in purchase
Cult Activity —> There hasn’t been an honest to goodness evil cult in or around WinterHaven in more than a hundred years. Where are you getting these strange ideas, my friends? Someone, I fear, is trying to lead you astray.
What else can you tell us about the keep? —> My books and scrolls tell me that it was built by the old empire, Nerath, as I suspected. Not to watch for marauders, though. No. It was built over the site of a rift to the Shadowfell, a place of darkness and shadows!
Not all of the Shadowfell is evil, but this rift apparently connects to an unholy sanctuary of Orcus, the demon lord of the undead. Skeletons, ghouls, and stranger, fouler creatures crawled through the opening into the light of day. The empire destroyed the undead and then sealed the rift and built a keep over the location to watch over it and contain its threat. i thought was the end of the story, but now I am not so sure.
The villagers think goblins live in the ruins, so they avoid the area. If goblins have taken over the ruins, they haven’t bothered the famrs of village.
Let me tell you the tale of Sir Keegan and the Fall of the Keep.
We think Orcus cultists are active in the area—> This does not bode well! If servants of Orcus are active in the area, they are likely interested in nothing less than re-opening the rift! This is terrible! If death cultists unseal the rift, a tide of undead could descend on WinterHaven. Today, we have no empire to call for aid. they would overwhelm us and establish a kingdom of death in this world. Can you help eliminate this threat?
(lord padraig will offer up to 250 gold max reward)