Numerous setbacks have taken their toll on the structures and the people of Helm’s Hold. Nowhere in town is this fact more evident than in the oldest district: Scar Alley, a small collection of weathered streets where the least fortunate residents live. The district is home to the worst spellscarred in town, those shunned because of their extreme physical deformities.
During the Spellplague, the ground upon which the Hold is built softened, causing some buildings to bow or learn precariously out over the streets. Much of the original stone construction of Scar Alley is approaching ruin, and the residents do what they can to bolster the failing structures with planks, mortar, and fresh stone. The district is poorly patrolled, full of hovels that are frequented by shady characters or infested with monsters.
For years, the residents of Scar Alley have occasionally reported seeing flitting shadows in the streets and at windows, as though small, fast creatures were watching their most intimate moments. Some people have come to the conclusion that the district is haunted by fey spirits. However, the true explanation is more mundane. Humans and their ilk are not the only ones altered by the Spellplague. A number of spellscarred goblins, kobolds, and other light-footed humanoid monsters dwell in a subterranean complex beneath Scar Alley called the Warrens.
When Helm’s Hold first began to expand as a city, engineers started to excavate a drainage system for the monastery and the surrounding town. When the engineers broke into the cathedral’s original crypts, however, monsters overwhelmed the delvers and drove them out. Ultimately, the city abandoned the half-completed project. These passages have since become a haven for monstrous humanoids of all sorts.
After they encountered the leader of the spellscarred kobolds, Ixenmiirik, the Northern Five brought the kobolds to the surface to aid in the defense of Helm’s Hold. With their rivals gone, Baga and her goblins seized control of the Warrens for themselves.
|Cefrey Fletcher Resident|
|Salazar Marivaldi Member|
|Tura Swiller Homeless Beggar|
|Baga Queen of the Warren Goblins|