Heart of the Raven
This once lush prairie now stands out as a scar among the surrounding plains. The site of the last battle of the Rose & Hammer War, the great and fell magics brought to bear have twisted the lands and those that fell into dark area full of undead creatures.
After the defeat of Prodiak, the remaining races signed a treaty to watch over the land here and prevent its evil from expanding or escaping. A regularly patrolled barrow was built up encompassing the land within and a castle was built at each of the cardinal points of the compass to serve as stations for those that are entrusted with guarding the darkness within. Castle Storm was the first completed, built by the dwarven smiths and headquarters to their fighting school. Soon after Castle Righteous was completed, home to the monastic Order of the White Raven, which was followed by the opening of Castle Royal where elven rangers volunteer to keep the unnatural at bay. The final castle, Castle Treaty was finished a year after the last battle. Home to all, it bars none of the goodly races from its door and it’s bardic college is known not only for the popular music that flows forth, but also identified as skilled negotiators and diplomats. Bards are well-respected in all the lands for their neutrality when dealing with others and fairness in settling disputes of any nature.