Of Kings and Dragons
Near the southern tip of Aegos lies the whaling town of Skjoldmur. Skjoldmur commands a small region of arable land that produces most of Aegos’s grain. The people of Skjoldmur are also tasked with keeping the lore and legends of Orthost, the funeral island to the south. Expeditions to Orthost first stop at Skjoldmur, where clerics of Gorum hold ceremonies to prepare the dead for passage to the afterlife—these clerics accompany groups of mourners as they travel across to the island to bury their dead, both to aid in rituals and to protect mourners from the restless dead that dwell on the isle.
Skjoldmur itself looks more like a fortress than a traditional town; it is built on a steep bluff and surrounded by ancient and thick stone walls. Its harbor is small, built primarily to service whaling and fishing boats and not for war. The town itself is ruled by Arik Grimfire, whose ancestors have held sway over the town for centuries. Grimfire and his acolytes are renowned across Ulfen lands for their skill in fighting and warding off the undead, and individual cairn guards that he’s trained often find their way south and east, aiding the living throughout Avistan.