The rutted King’s Road leads to the foot of a broad hill that holds the walled village of Winterhaven. The village is nestled in the southern foothills of the Cairngorm Peaks. The walls are weathered stone topped by defensive palisades.
bq. Small thatched homes stand around Winterhaven, each fronting a small piece of farmland or pasture. Beyond the farms to the west and south lie dark woods, and to the north, tall mountain peaks.
Winterhaven is a small village that originally grew to service the garrison of the nearby Shadowfell Keep. The garrison even survived the coming of the Dark. Many were killed and most of the villagers fled but the core group of soldiers stayed on at the Keep and so did some villagers in a now significantly reduced and heavily fortified Winterhaven.
20 years later, the Keep was abandoned as it commander went mad. The village lived on, being the only organized community left in the western Nentir Vale.
Nerath now is a small community of mostly farmers and a small grouping of tradesmen in the actual village. Most basic services can be found, such as an Inn, a blacksmith, a market and even a shop selling most basic equipment.
The market generally has some sellers but the most active day is the official Market Day on Saturday. On this day, most of the villagers come to shop and socialize in the square. Farmers sell produce, hawkers sell smoked meats, villagers sell crafts, ans sometimes a trader from the east sells implement or costly goods.