Fallcrest stands amid the Moon Hills at the falls of the Nentir River in The Realm of The Crossroads. Here is where travelers and traders using the King’s Road, Trade Road, and the Nentir River all meet. The surrounding ridges shelter several small valleys where where farmers and woodsfolk live. In general the people outside Fallcrest’s walls earn their living by farming or keeping livestock, and the people inside the walls are artisans, laborers, or merchants. People with no other prospects can make a hard living as porters, carrying cargo through town.
Fallcrest imports finished goods from the larger cities dowriver and ironwork from the dwarf town of Hammerfast. Its exports include timber, leather, fruit, and grain. It also trades with the nearby town of Winterhaven. The surrounding hills hold several marble quarries that once produced a good deal of stone, but the area has little demand for ornamental stone these days, and only a few stonecutters still practice their trade.
Fallcrest Town Info
Population: 1,350; another 900 or so live in the countryside within a few miles of the town. The people of Fallcrest are mostly humans, halflings, and dwarves.
Government: The human noble Faren Markelhay is the hereditary lord of the town. He is in charge of the town’s justice, defense, and laws. The Lord Warden Markelhay appoints a town council to look after routine commerce and public projects.
Defense: The Fallcrest Guard numbers sixty warriors, who also serve as constables. Moonstone Keep is the barracks. The Lord Warden can call up 350 militia at need.
Inns: Nentir Inn; Silver Unicorn. The Silver Unicorn is pricier and offers better service; the Nentir Inn sees a more interesting clientele.
Taverns: Blue Moon Alehouse; Lucky Gnome Taphouse; Nentir Inn.
Supplies: Halfmoon Trading House; Sandercot Provisioners.
Temples: Temple of Erathis; Moonsong Temple to Sehanine; House of the Sun temple to Pelor.
Fallcrest is divided into two districts by a steep bluff that cuts across the town. The area north of the bluff is known locally as Hightown. To the south of the bluff lies Lowtown, which tends to be newer and poorer. In the event of a serious threat, people retreat up to Hightown – the bluff and the town walls completely ring this part of Fallcrest, making it highly defensible.
1. Tower of Waiting
2. Upper Quays
3. Five-Arch Bridge
4. Nentir Inn
A fine new building constructed of fieldstone and strong timber. Merchants from Winterhaven and Hammerfast visit this inn and taproom, along with travelers who happen to be passing through.
- Erandil Zemoar – The proprietor of the Nentir Inn; a male half-elf.
- Serim Selduzar – An expatriate noble who has been banished from his homeland in the south; a male tiefling.
5. Silver Unicorn Inn
6. Halfmoon Trading House
- Seralund Halfmoon – Owner of the Halfmoon Trading House; a male halfling.
7. Moonstone Keep
Moonstone Keep is the seat of Lord Warden Faren Markelhay; an old castle that sits atop the steep-sided hill overlooking the town. The outer bailey includes barracks housing for up to sixty Fallcrest guards. Other buildings in the courtyard of the keep include a stable, an armory, a chapel, a smithy, and several storehouses.
- Faren Markelhay, The Lord Warden – The Lord Warden of Fallcrest, he resides in Moonstone Keep; a male human.
8. The Tombwood
9. House of the Sun
10. House Azaer
11. The Nentir Falls
Here the Nentir River descends nearly 200 feet in three striking shelflike drops. On the small island in the middle of the falls stands the statue of an ancient Eladrin hero named Vendar, holding up his hand as if to challenge enemies approaching from downriver. Local legend tells that Vendar slew a dragon whose lair was hidden in caverns beneath the falls.
12. Temple of Erathis
13. The Bluffs
14. The Catacombs
15. Moonsong Temple
- Ressilmae Starlight – The High Priest and leader of the Moonsong Temple; a male eladrin.
16. Fallcrest Stables
17. Wizard’s Gate
18. Naerumar’s Imports
19. Kamroth Estate
20. Moonwash Falls
22. Septarch’s Tower
This lonely structure is a tall, seven-sided spire of pale green stone that doesn’t match anything else in the town. In the days before the Bloodspear War, this was the seat of Fallcrest’s mages’ guild – an order of a dozen or so wizards and arcane scholars. The tower now is the property of Nimozaran.
- Nimozaran- The Green Wizard Nimozaran is the “High Septarch of Fallcrest” and owner of the Septarch’s Tower. He is a whimsical, old wizard who enjoys laughing at his own jokes, but when stricken serious he is solemn and sincere. He is a tall human with flowing white hair and deep emerald robes; his long staff is crowned with a wonderous green gemstone.
- Tobolar Quickfoot – Nimozaran’s apprentice; he’s a male halfling.
23. Blue Moon Alehouse
This alehouse on the banks of the Moonwash Stream is the best tavern in Fallcrest. The Blue Moon is popular with halfling traders, well-off merchants, and farmers from the south of Fallcrest.
- Par Winomer – The owner of the Blue Moon Alehouse; a male human.
- Kemara Brownbottle – The brewmaster and true genius of the Blue Moon Alehouse; a female halfling.
24. Teldorthan’s Arms
- Teldorthan Ironhews – Fallcrest’s master weaponsmith and armorer, his two sons serve as his apprentices; a male dwarf.