Arabel: Night Descends
This bustling town stands at the meeting of Calantar’s Way and the Way of the Manticore. Hilp is named for a long-ago court jester of Cormyr who was granted extensive farmlands at this site. The town is a crowd of tall, narrow, slate-shingled shops with homes above them that keeps outgrowing its defensive walls and straggling along the two major roads in all directions. It is a cheap, generally nasty, always expensive road-stop. Places of interest include
- The Slipper Shop Run by a kindly old (and I mean old) crone named Gennia, (who’s been known to talk of Myth Drannor as if it were built yesterday). She sells cosmetics, herbs, scents, pomanders, medicines, and possibly magical/alchemical potions (if asked nicely and properly) all packed in comfy embroidered cloth slippers.
- Handiber’s (Stelk Outlet): The gruff, dry-humored Handiber actually only has a sale outlet in Hilp. His farm, where he grows stelk in three well-fenced fields, is at the edge of the woods nearby to the west. Stelk is a shrub about the size of a large man.s fist and looks like a cluster of tiny brown or bronze cabbage heads. It is an oily, bitter, skunky plant according to the few humans who’ve tried it, though a few dwarf families have a frybread recipe that uses it.
- Cross-Roads Inn: Dovon, a former adventurer now much gone to fat, owns and operates this inn, with Fen the bar-maid serving guests in the common room. (1 gold per night)