Sunday, 4 June 2023

Hex Crawl 23 #155: Salutary Uzuellu

 Nine hexes north, three northeast of Alakran.


This village of about 200, mostly goat and sheep herders, is the nexus of a larger herding and turf-digging population in the eastern plain of Shasari. Its low houses huddle around a well whose water, if drawn when the full moon shines directly down the shaft, is said to have healing powers.

The people are possessive of their well and automatically suspect any visitors of being interested in its waters, for the use of which they charge a fee from 5 to 500 gold pieces depending on the apparent wealth of the customer. This economic demand is backed up by Hurga, an adopted half-ogre goon. He is good-natured enough when not receiving orders to beat into the ground non-paying users or people who are suspected of such.

Only an old woman, Belat, knows that the water drawn when the dark moon rises directly overhead leads equally to ruinous health if imbibed. She is careful to avoid accusations of witchcraft and guards this knowledge most discreetly.

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