The Ruins of Nol-Daer
The site of an ancient castle, Nol-Daer has recently been the location of some strange occurrences. Quiet for almost 200 years, these ruins have often served as a refuge for roving groups of bandits and humanoid bands traveling through the northern Suss Forest. Located on the Wild Coast, these ruins lie approximately 85 miles southwest of Badwall (population 3,000).
Lately, Nol-Daer has been avoided because of rumors spread by local humans and humanoids alike. One bandit lord tells tales of gargoyles and blood hawks that roost in its ruined towers, and how the creatures killed and ate several of his best men. At the same time, some 60 miles west of the castle, several dwarves are missing from mining camps in the foothills of the Lortmil Mountains. This is not the first time such a thing has happened, but local authorities are keeping the disappearances under wraps to avoid panic and possible shutdown of the silver mines, already behind in their ore output. Additionally, this area has been plagued with minor but regular thefts of cattle, horses, and other livestock from scattered farms and communities.