Wyrm Rhyme Saga
- NG Small Town
- Corruption +2; Crime +4; Economy +5; Law -1; Lore +1; Society +6
- Qualities prosperous, strategic location
- Danger +5
- Government autocracy
- Population 890 (830 humans, 35 dwarves, 10 half-orcs, 8 halflings, 3 gnomes, 2 tengu)
- Notable NPCs
- See Reykholt NPCs
- Base Value 1,300 gp; Purchase Limit 7,500 gp; Spellcasting 4th
- Minor Items 3d4; Medium Items 1d6; Major Items —
Twenty-five years ago a group of dwarves from the Ironbound Isles discovered that the swamps around this peninsula were rich sources of bog iron. Their ship was lost at sea, and the following spring King Ingimundr the Unruly of Broken Bay sent and 4 ships of Ulfen warriors, farmers and craftsmen to Icemark, atthe edge of the Arctic Circle, to found Reykholt.
The first winter was tough, even for the hearty Ulfen. The following spring brought conflict with the nomadic Varki as their traditional migration routes were disrupted. Finally, though the smelters became operational. With iron came money and the small town grew. Trade expanded beyond iron to scrimshaw and furs from the Varki as well as strange gems, ivory and other goods brought down from the Crown of the World by the Snowcaster Elves.
Today, Reykholt seems like two towns. During the few warm months, the town thrives. Merchants from far away risk the treacherous waters to trade. Workers come to dig in the bogs and work the smelters and warriors take to sea with their brethren from Broken Bay to raid to the South. Duirng the winter, anybody who can leave does and the town hunkers down for the long dark winter under the Boreas.
Reykholt is also in transition. As wealth from trade flows in to the town, fewer leave to raid and many Ulfe warriors resent this snubbing of tradition, glory and honor by their peers. The increased wealth has also let to some unwelcome attention from neighboring humanoids. Kobolds have been nosing around in the swamp, and a large hill giant made off with some livestock.
Winter came early this year, trapping some strangers in town. They managed the long darkness well but now everybody is looking forward to breakup and the bustle of life brought by Spring.