The five families descendant of those brave heroes who lead The Vale in the war against the goblinoids, and together defeated a powerful red dragon who’s head now hangs from The Dragon’s Head Inn, Tavern & Brewery. Though not a power group in and of itself, The Five are the wealthiest citizens of Haven, and have positions of importance on the council and within the Order of the Rising Sun, and The Arcane Circle.
- The Five
- Daneer – The Daneer family is dying off. All that is left is the reckless son of the last real patriarch of the family. Dagger, as he calls himself, was never the kind of person to follow his father and keep up the family that has been a pillar of the community for over a century. Sadly his mother died shortly after childbirth, and is his fathers only child, therefore his shirking of his responsibilities threatens the house…which almost fell due to Grandfather’s incompetence, and would have been saved if Father hadn’t died.
- Hammer – House Hammer is known for their ties to the Order of the Rising Sun from its founding by their ancestor Loki III also known as Loki the Lightbringer, and Loki the Demonslayer…and Dragonslayer, though Alestair gets a lot of the attention for that. Tharieus Hammer is a well known example of the families’ tendency towards zealous behavior. Moraine’s husband, and the father of her children was the head of the family, but after he died some years back the role passed to her husbands brother Rhyndahl Hammer. He is raising his son, Schtoltenheim, to take over after him. Rhyndahl has shifted the house to giving less to the community, and the church than previously. House Hammer has done very well over the years with their farms and mills around Haven, and their work with the church has seen to many of their extra expenses. Many adventures that come to The Vale donate, or proffer their spoils in exchange for divine spellcasting…which is frequently done by the Hammer family. The fact that Rhyndahl is hoarding the families wealth now is strange. Moraine has been uncommonly tight lipped about it. The Hammer family has also been known to be a part of the City Watch, and each generation of the family has had at least one member with dreams of glory, and usually succeeds at benefiting the family, even if by sheer luck alone.
- Krumlish – Jayhrome was young, for a Dwarf, in the days of Loki III, and left R’Ahn’Gorran because of the charismatic priest. He helped bring down the mighty red dragon, and equipped his comrades before the final showdown on what is now called The Black Isle. With the wealth he gained from the dragon’s hoard Jayhrome set up a smithy in Haven, and stayed with his adventuring companions. It would be a few years between defeating the dragon, and the desolation of the island. Since then he has stayed in Haven and has become a fixture in the community, running his smithy Krumworks, which has become very well known round the world for the quality of his products. For him it was quite recent, but he married Cassandra, a giant of a woman, and had one of only a few Half-Dwarf sons in The Vale over twenty years ago. Daryk, his son is strong and broad shouldered like his father, but also very tall like his mother. Jayhrome is a wild man, but a good one. He loves his ale, and telling stories. Cassandra is a boisterous woman who, like her husband, loves ale. Its one of the first things they bonded on…Dwarven Stouts. She drunk him under the table, and then laughed her way to bed…carrying him along with her. Their son is a gentle giant who’s personality is nothing like his parents. The peaceful atmosphere of Haven and The Vale over the course of his life has had a huge impact on him. He also is found stealing glances of Freyalise Homillion, Carrick’s Half-Elf daughter. They get along quite well; she’s wild, and he’s very…not. This may lead to a good compliment, but their parents don’t get along very well…particularly their fathers. Freya’s mother is far less vocal than Cassandra Krumlish. Like her husband she’s quite loud, and is very happy sharing her opinions…and is quite stubborn like him too, but unlike her husband she’s wise and refers to their disapproval of each other, and especially of their children’s relationship as bull headed nonsense, and has physically tossed both of them out of The Dragons Head at the same time on a number of occasions when their drunken squabbling is getting out of hand. Barrend loves her. He loves Jayhrome too, but her no nonsense attitude will have him in tears laughing so hard.
- Ostur – The Ostur family has been a fixture in Haven since the village was founded during the age of Loki I, and they have always run a tavern. It’s not always been in the same place, but The Dragon’s Head was built after the previous was burned down by the dragon. It was Alestair Ostur that delivered the killing blow to the “FUCKING BASTARD!!!” ramming both of his daggers into its eyes after leaping off of a ledge above the hoard. Much of his family died in the house fire that destroyed his ancestral home and tavern and he was the fiercest of those that followed Loki III. He built The Dragon’s Head out of stone to protect it from fire, and had the beast skinned and the head stuffed, and hung from the rafters in his new tavern. The eye sockets were filled with dagger sheaths so the weapons that killed the “CRIMSON FUCKER!!!” could lie where they belong…“In its bloody skull.” The family has been very well off, and stable from then on, and have expanded the business over the years. First to add two stories for an inn, with an expanded and decked out kitchen, and then most recently Geoffrion built a brewery and provides a lot of the beer drunk in Haven, and even impresses Dwarves. Jayhrome even said that his Stout could compete in the Dwarven winter beer festival. “You won’t win,” Jayhrome will say after having a huge gulp of the Geoff’s brews “but you’ll get noticed.” That certainly saying something coming from someone who’s been drinking for over two hundred years.
- Popov – House Popov has always studied the arcane arts. Elena Popov is one of the founding members of the Arcane Circle in Haven, and the house has gained quite a lot of knowledge from her work with Loki III, and taking advantage of her arcane knowledge to get her hands on amazing magical items and artifacts in its hoard as well as great wealth. The Popov family has been known for traveling back and forth between Haven and Dayluun. The family has slowly moved their wealth to the City-State over the years, but the current head, Tobias, spends quite a bit of time in a secluded manor house outside of the village to the southwest. He’s a strange, secretive man who lives with his niece who he is training in the arcane arts. Tobias is the last male of the Popov family, and has never been married so the line is about to die out. Most of the extended family trains with Carrick or one of the other, lesser members of the Arcane Circle. Tobias rarely shows up for meetings, and less so for regular village events like the solstice, so its not too surprising that he might want to leave the families fortune to someone, but training her himself is unusual. He does have a bit of a connection to Abigayle Ostur, who shares alchemical secrets with him…and sometimes other things.