Lake of Fear

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The Lake of Fear was the boundary between the regions surrounding Ta'Illistim and Ta'Vaalor. A free ferry ran across the lake every half hour or so, funded by King Tyrnian of Ta'Vaalor.

Embarkation points for the ferry were the South Dock (adjacent to Fearling Pass and thus Ta'Vaalor) and the North Dock (at the southeast end of the Sylvarraend Road and thus adjacent to Ta'Illistim). Each dock bore a sign, written in the elven language, which would bear the time until the next scheduled departure.

The ferry captain was known to accept bribes (rumored to have been 5000 silvers or 2500 for Ta'Vaalor citizens) in the form of silvers, gems, or City-States promissory notes to make the rowers row faster. This did not decrease the time that the boat was docked, but did decrease the time the boat spent on the water to about 5 minutes.

On the ferry, a number of refreshments were available for purchase:

Item Price
a goblet of pure spring water 30
a glass of chilled lemonade 60
some sweet white Illistim wine 120
some light red Vaalorian wine 150
a large salted wheat cracker 100

The foredeck of the ferry was racially restricted to elves, dwarves, and aelotoi.

An elven captain


You see a fairly typical elven captain.
He appears to be in good shape.
He has a pair of silver-clasped boots (worn), a pair of dark blue pants (worn), a grey-trimmed cerulean tunic (worn) and a red-feathered blue tri-corner hat (worn).


>ask captain about wine
The captain smiles broadly and say, "Nothing like a flagon full of a hearty red wine to take the ache off a long day's bit of rowing. You know," he says, as though pondering a new thought, "if the crew knew there'd be some good wine for them at the end of the day, I bet they'd row faster. Problem is, good wine for this lot would cost, oh, 5000 silvers."

>ask captain about hurry
"Oh, you'd like us to hurry, would you?" inquires the captain, not without a trace of sarcasm. "The lads here will need a bit of incentive to put out the extra effort. They like their wine of an evening, but it's expensive. Perhaps if they had a bit of extra silver...."

Random Messaging

The captain points vaguely to the southeast and says, "You see that flag waving up there? I hear that it marks a new Voln monastery. Maybe they can do something about the critters that inhabit that foul swamp."

The elven captain shakes his head and says, "Anyone who wanders around the lake is quite a brave soul. You won't catch me wandering around those swamplands."

Something breaks the water off to starboard. You just catch a glimpse of muddy green scales. The captain barks out, "Row faster, you scurvy rats!" to the crewmen.

"Once I was a soldier in yon fortress," the captain says, gesturing to the south.

Watching the lakeshore, it seems as if the boat has slowed to a halt relative to the land. "Get to it you lazy bums," shouts the captain. "We can't stop out here to gawk. You know what can happen as well as I do, you louts! You're not risking MY boat to earn your reputations."

"Met any of these Grimswarm yet?" the captain inquires. "Seems like a genuine menace to me," he continues. "You'd think that the legions of the Vaalor could keep them under control, but they seem t'need the help of these self-styled 'Guardians of Sunfist' or whatever." The captain mutters under his breath before continuing, "They've thrown up some rude fort on top of the hill there, alongside the way to Ta'Vaalor. Surely even a bunch of dwarves could do better than that."

Travel guide blurb

The guide says, "Here we are at the Lake of Fear. As you might have guessed by its name, this place has a lot of history. Folks mention weird occurrences, like sounds and lights and massive ghost-like creatures. Me personally, I think peoples' fear of it is just superstition. Then again, I also profess that I don't believe in that spirit stuff. When you travel this route by yourself, you'll want to GO down the GANGPLANK, but we'll take an easier route today."