Word moves through sailors from the North. The Chieftess Eleanor Strand has broken down and locked the gates to Stoltfar Keep, hiding herself away in the top of the tower. It is rumoured that she speaks to no one, and that no light comes from the stone fortress. The rest of the town runs as normal, but the Chieftain is no where to be found.
Rumor has it that the Kraken's Culling in Storm's Landing is coming down. Some say that after a group went upstairs, the tavern began to fall apart.
While officials state the tavern is fine for use now, preperations have been made for a new tavern to be constructed.
Rumour has it that a wooden pillar stands within Storm's Landing, covered in crude carvings of spiders and depictions of webs. Each web seems to connect to each other in a manner that seems almost logically impossible. Four demonic depictions of faces displaying different emotions jut out of the center of the pillar; happiness faces north, anger faces east, sorrow faces south and a neutral expression faces the west. Perched upon the pillar's top is a beautifully carved spider with shards of red glass laid into its back to mimic the black widow.
Blood and viscera have been smeared across the lower supports of the wooden structure with its source- a mangy canine with a broken neck and a jagged incision that spanning its naval- laid to rest at once side, spilling guts and gore onto the cobbled street.
Word has spread throughout the north, and eventually working its way south to Storm's Landing of a massive explosion in Thorne's empty palace.
It's unknown what exactly caused the explosion, or just how extensive the damage is, but local residents have been scared away by an ominous feeling eminating from the ruins. Apparently, many claim that they see large eery pillars in the twilight and through the smoke.
One eye-witness claimed to have see spiders.
Others claimed that it was in fact the pillars themselves that were the spiders.
Either way, the simple farming community is shaken.
Two bright beams of crimson red light soar into the air remaining steadily in the south with the three others. Five beams of light now appear in the sky seen from the trade roads from wise land to the rst of the south.