Age of Worms 4e
The Bronzewood Lodge of Silvanus
The ring of crumbling Menhirs on the bluff overlooking Daggerford is a remnant of an ancient human druidic culture that once inhabited the region. They came to the hills for the ancient cairns, seeing them as monuments to great ancestors of the invisible past. Although modern humans displaced the native druids, pockets of indigenous architecture and culture remain. Foremost among these near-forgotten practices is veneration of Silvanus.
Druids and rangers who honor Silvanus and a host of minor nature deities and fey spirits routinely congregate in great moots three hours northeast of Daggerford, at an ancient megalithic structure called the Bronzewood Lodge. Antendees must be invited by someone already within the circle of trust. At these great moots, the woodsfolk observe rituals from long ago, celebrate with great contests of strength and wit, and debate policy regarding the natural affairs of the region.
A small permanent community inhabits the Lodge itself and the wooded copse surrounding it. Perhaps 30 assorted druids, rangers, and scouts protect the sacred site and keep watch on the nearby roads and valleys. Occasionally, they step in to rescue a traveler from some natural menace, but just as often they warn explorers to stay on the roads and let the wilderness take care of itself. Their leader is Nogweir, who strives to keep the focus of his community on preservation of a near-extinct way of life and away from anger at Waterdeep and its operatives in Daggerford, whose avariciousness continually rapes the land. Nogwier urges cautious cooperation with Llanod Ondabar via a former Bronzewood man named Merris Sandovar, who now works as the garrison’s chief scout.
The Lodge itself is a twelve-chambered structure composed of piled megaliths covered by earth. The cairn’s central gallery contains a huge uprooted petrified bronzewood tree planted upside down so that its roots are exposed. Nogwier and his three servitors use the tree as a massive altar. Other chambers contain the sorted, commingled bones of generations of druids as well as priceless natural treasures accumulated over the course of centuries.