A Dying Town Under Heavy Oppression
Ashwind was once a wealthy town, thanks to the large iron mine in the mountains nearby. Close to 10 years ago, everything changed when the miners were driven out or killed by strange beasts from the depths and the entrance collapsed. Expeditions were sent to recover the mine, but none returned. Since then rumors of a terrible creature in the mines have kept people away.
Now a poor and dangerous shadow of its former glory, Ashwind is under the oppressive rule of a tyrant king known only as the Red Wizard, who took over as ruler of the town. His leadership has been harsh and a secret underground resistance has sprung up, but has accomplished little. Few townsfolk know much about the resistance, but it is rumored that Catelyn, the owner and barkeep of The Rusty Pickaxe, is connected with them.
Set on a hill near the northern coast, the town is the most heavily populated location on the island. It is divided into three districts: the wealthy Upper (Nobles) district, the common Middle (Merchants) district and the destitute Lower (Docks) district.