The town of Hilltower is located on the shore of the sea. It started as just a tiny fishing village below the hill that the archmage Halaster built his and his apprentices’ towers upon.
It grew slowly until Halaster’s disappearance and subsequent discovery of the catacombs below the tower that was eventually destroyed. Since then, the increase of traffic from adventurers has allowed the village to grow into a proper town.
These are some of the shops and artisans open for business in the town:
Taverns & Inns
- The Yawning Portal – Owned and opperated by former adventurer Durnan. Built on top of the hill upon the location of Halaster’s tower, it houses the only known entrance to the dungeon below. Tavern only; no rooms available.
- “The Entertainment House” – classy tavern with gambling and expensive rooms. Located next to The Yawning Portal.
- The Safe Place – a common tavern, frequented more by the townsfolk than by travelers.
- The Orange Tree – a mid-range inn closer to the center of town.
- Maid Maggie’s – more a “bed & breakfast” with a small number of very comfortable rooms at a decent price.
- the flophouse – less an “inn” and more the last refuge of anyone who needs a bed for a copper.
- the other tavern – a dark and gloomy tavern of questionable quality.
Other Goods & Services
- Outfitters – expensive store with much of the equipment, arms, and armor an adventurer might need. Buys, sells, and trades. Located next door to The Yawning Portal.
- Jeweler and moneychanger – located next to The Outfitters.
- Gabbie’s store – a more reasonably priced but lower-quantity and variety outfitter.
- Gregor’s smithy
- Mage’s Guild & apothecary/herbalist
- Huntsman’s Club
- Council Hall
- Mac’s livery and stables – located near both The Safe Place tavern and The Orange Tree inn.
- Leather working
- Cabinet maker
- Wheel & wainwright
The town also has:
- Several fishmongers
- Several farms of crops & livestock
Shrines & Temples
- Temple to Ægir (god of the sea) – the town’s patron deity
- Shrine to Nerthus (goddess of the sea and fertility) – also prominent deity, especially to the farmers
- Shrine to Dian Cecht /juhn kext/ – deity of healing and protection
- Shrine to Áine /ah-nuh/ – goddess of light, knowledge, and magic. A growing following due to the history of the town and growing pilgrimages from mages looking for inspiration and adventurers.
Other Deities & Demigods
- Cerridwen /kahr-id-wuhn/ – the enchantress. Worshiped by (usually, but not always) dark witches.