Aiko is a small town ruled by Mayor Uptal, a fair, but mildly grim man. While most of the “townsfolk” actually live in small homes or camps in the woods and fields surrounding Aiko proper, the town is quite tight-knit. The town is a significant provider of lumber and woodcrafted goods to the country of Denbora.
Jonark Olric (Mayor)
Colbin Vetnar (Woodcutter/Guildmaster)
Gregor Wisslo (Captain of the Guard)
Gemini Sciveriant (Town Sage)
Rantal Prasst (Priest)
Seven Silvers: Most visitors to Aiko end up at this comfortable two-story inn and tavern. Run by Trelvar Silvers, this inn features modest prices (4 sp/night), decent food (3 sp/day), and a lively taproom. Trelvar is assisted by his daughter, Asina, and the overly friendly Jimes “Short Change” Iggins, who is known for giving himself generous tips.
Greathall: Typically used for meetings, weddings, and other celebrations, the Greathall is a tall, three-story wooden structure near the center of town. Inside is one grand space with a number of smaller rooms on each floor.
Woodcutter’s Guildhall: Aiko’s primary export is lumber taken from the surrounding Fangwood. While many of these logs are taken right down the road to Lake Encarthan, the woodcutters require that all logs bear the stamp of the guildhall, which of course requires a small fee. As a result, the woodcutter’s guild is one of the more powerful groups in town, under the firm hand of the ever-opportunistic Colbin Vetnar.
Temple of Dursamar: The only stone building in town is home to Aiko’s only temple. While the church is officially dedicated to Dursamar, there are a number of faiths practiced here. Father Prasst is the only priest, but most in town refer to him as the “High Priest.”
Town Watch Headquarters: Guard Captain Wisslo spends most of his time in this building or patrolling the streets of Aiko. While the guardsmen are mostly relaxed in their duties, they become an effective force if there is trouble in town.
Renet’s Steel: While Renet’s shop services much of the town’s needs when it comes to metalworks, his quality is nowhere near that of Braggar’s. Most metal items can be found here for the standard prices, but there are no masterwork items to be found at Renet’s Steel.
Braggar’s Shop: This is the workshop and home of Braggar Ironhame, a dwarven blacksmith. Braggar’s works exceed those of Renet’s Steel, but he works much slower and charges a higher price. Braggar can forge nearly any masterwork metal tool, weapon, or armor.
Vargidan Estate: This is the home of the eccentric Vargidan family, and has a bit of a spooky reputation in town.
Gemini’s Tower: Gemini’s slightly crooked tower stands at the edge of town.
Mayor Uptal’s Home: This modest building along the water is the home of Mayor Uptal, who can frequently be found in the Great hall holding meetings or on his small boat in the river, fishing.
Over the years, the Crypt of the Everflame has become an important part of the history of the town. The townsfolk view the crypt as a memorial to those difficult first years of the town’s history. Every autumn, a few of the townsfolk make a pilgrimage to the crypt to light a lantern from the flame and bring it back to town, where it is preserved all winter, a symbol of the town’s resilience. Most years, the town mayor and a group of dignitaries perform this quest. Every few years, however, a handful of younger townsfolk are given the honor of lighting the lantern. Many see this as a passage into adulthood, a taste of adventure before settling down to work and marriage. The quest starts out as a solemn ceremony in town, where the townsfolk gather to wish the adventurers luck, just as it was when Kassen himself left to fight the mercenaries. When the adventurers return a few days later, the town holds a great celebration in their honor. This also marks the final harvest celebration before the long winter.