Of Kings and Dragons
Hagreach has produced more than its fair share of martyrs and heroes, most of whom are laid to rest on burning boats on the river. In too many cases, though, the bodies of mighty warriors remain where they were slain—across the border in the witchlands of Irrisen. The most famous of those who have died fighting the winter witches are honored at Hero’s Rest, a hilltop memorial overlooking the eastern border. The hill is studded liberally with burial markers and cairns for those who gave their lives for their neighbors. The site, also known as the Empty Boneyard (for the fact that none of its cairns or graves contain bodies), is protected by a silver dragon named Avaleru who has long dwelled in the area. While Avaleru has no true love for the violent and chaotic lifestyles of her Ulfen neighbors, she has even less love for the witches and their agents, and agreed to serve as a guardian of Hero’s Rest in return for regular yearly tithes. What Avaleru does with this treasure is unknown, but most agree that the dragon doesn’t keep it all, and rumors persist in Hagreach of a mysterious silver-haired woman who sometimes grants magical boons to kind and mannerly Ulfen.