Ahziz led his caravan as it crested the last hill down to the river valley that would lead him to the coastal town of WinterHaven. The winter snow and cold that was starting to set in in the rest of Karrnath was melting away as he got closer to the town and the magma flows that kept it springlike all winter long.
WinterHaven began to take form against the dark blue of the winter ocean. The sun was coming down in beams through the winter clouds. One beam in particualr caught the top of the House Lyrandar tower that Ahziz had suppied the materials for. It was his first big order and the one that put him on the map. Mostly with the House, but also with Karrnath, and Sharn. Despite a couple…hick-ups the tower was built on schedule. As if to say thanks the great Krakken, symbol of Lyrandar, on the top of the tower burst with light from the beam of sun shining through.The town was getting bigger even a notciable size since the last time he was here a few months ago.
His mind began to put together all the knowledge he had been gathering on the town and its spotted history. For 30 years King Kaius III had been attempting to settle the area where the Iceflow River ran North into the Karrn Bay. And for 30 years it had failed. The idea of having a Northern port that could bring business into the country and have ships be able to stop rather than travelling the great journey to Stormhold or even down the Storm battered Scion Sound was a great one. For one reason or another it never seemed to hold. This time had been different.
In the past pioneers had vanished, or revolted and had to be quelled. Then there was the Maddening of others, these people would be found raving at the edge of the Icewood. Not to mention the freezing cold of a Northern Coastal winter. Nothing seemed to be able to take root, and even the hardiest of settlers, or the high rewards seemed to be able to help. Until they came.
It seemed, to Ahziz, that the same friends who had helped him avenge his wife’s death and propelled him into his current carrier were also responsible, simply through their actions, for the new found success of the growing town. They had discovered, and isolated, the probable cause of the Maddenings from before, they had quelled the rebellion that had been attempted, though not found its cause he realized…perhaps he could help them there somehow. They had saved the construction of the House Lyrandar Tower so that the House was now comfortable trading there and that mean the other Houses would npot be far behind, in fact he had been hearing that House Orion was considering a lighting rail station over the next while. They had helped to keep the peace without assuming control. And WinterHaven had become, by sheer will of it residents, a peacful town without having to be under the Martial Law that the rest of the country seemed to be under. None of the Warlords had swooped in, the King seemed to leave control in the hands of the small garrison he sent there.
Ahziz smiled again lost in his pondering as he approached what was considered the entrance to the town. He almost didn’t see the unit of soldiers wearing the garb of the Royal Sword approach him with their weapons drawn and surround his cart…