Ravengro was founded in 4594 ar to support Harrowstone, a prison built to answer the growing need for a centralized repository for criminals in the county of Tamrivena (now known as Canterwall). Count Eigen Lorres, one of the last counts to rule Tamrivena before the county switched to its current government, was not a well-liked ruler. In an attempt both to bolster his failing reputation and bring money into Tamrivena’s coffers, he announced the construction of Harrowstone, a prison that would not only house all of the county’s prisoners (thus removing them from being incarcerated locally), but that for a price, would house dangerous prisoners from all over Ustalav. Count Lorres’s plan worked perfectly—not only was the transfer of criminals out of local jails seen as a boon throughout the county, but other counties also responded well to the invitation, sending caravans of payments to Tamrivena and caravans of prisoners to Ravengro. The town of Ravengro itself was always intended to be little more than support for the prison. Not only would Ravengro provide a place for the prison’s employees to live, but it would also provide all of the supplies needed by the prison—food, water, tools, weapons for the guards, and anything else necessary.
Historians often point to Harrowstone’s unfortunate destruction in the fire of 4661 as one of the trigger events that eventually led to the entire region’s bloodless uprising in 4670—the prison’s loss, combined with the government’s inability to rebuild the site (or, more likely, its lack of interest in doing so), certainly disenfranchised the citizens of Ravengro, who by the time the region was ready to abandon hereditary rule were all too eager to accept the new democracy. Since that time, while Harrowstone has remained a constant reminder of darker times, the town of Ravengro has recovered remarkably. Today, the town is a quite healthy farming community blessed with fertile fields and orchards. The town’s chief products are wheat, barley, and corn. Because the town is close to the shore of Lake Lias (“The Great Blue Dot”), Ravengrians can supplement their food stores with fish, but fishing is not sustainable as a commercial enterprise.
Locations on the town square include:
- The Ravengro Town Hall
- The Ravengro General Store
- The Ravengro Forge
- Jominda’s Apothecary
- The Ravengro Jail
- The Silk Purse (money lenders and pawn shop)
- The Outward Inn
Near the outskirts of town is a memorial to the twenty-five people who died during the Harrowstone fire. Atop the memorial is a statue of a man holding a truncheon. In front of the memorial is a fountain and a series of overgrown rose hedges.
NG small town
Corruption +0; Crime –1; Economy +0; Law +1; Lore +0; Society +0
Qualities insular, rumourmongering citizens
Disadvantages cursed (haunted, –4 Society)
Population 311 (281 humans, 12 halflings, 8 elves, 7 dwarfs, 3 half-elves)
Councilman Vashian Hearthmount (male human aristocrat)
Councilman Gharen Muricar (old male human)
Councilwoman Mirta Straelock (female human)
Councilwoman Shanda Faravan (female human)
Sheriff Benjan Caeller (middle-aged male human)
Vauran Grimburrow (male human cleric of Pharasma)
Professor Petros Lorrimor (old male human wizard; deceased)