“It began with a shudder the whole village felt, an unprecedented but soon forgotten tremor. A week later, a sinkhole swallowed the church house during ceremonies, killing the town’s priest and most devout residents. Soon after, screams filled the night, and the paths of dragged bodies led to the churchyard, where every grave bore either the mark of morbid subsidence, or yawned open, transformed into gateways into a chthonic nightmare. None can say when the ghouls came or how many lurk beneath Clovers Point, but what was once a peaceful refuge of the living is now a den of the dead.”
The village of Clovers Point was an abandoned ruin for over 10 years after the church of Pharasma collapsed into a sinkhole, killing the priests and the faithful worshippers. Rumors hold that the night after the collapse, those that remained in the town could be heard screaming as they were dragged into the pit by creatures with pallid flesh and long, sharp teeth.
Shortly thereafter, the remaining families living in the outlying farms abandoned their homesteads and moved to Dearthmead. The council in the City State sent investigators who were never heard from again.
Located southeast of the city state, to reach the village by road, you must journey south via the South Road and then turn back northwest on an old, undeveloped road the leads into the village. Some boats will journey down the river to the village to drop their cargo for transport throughout the region.
Summary: The story holds that a little over a decade ago, Rustan’s son Ogriff left Clovers Point for adventure. Joining the army in the City State, Ogriff was trained in the City Guard and became a warrior specializing in close combat with the creatures of the lagoons around the City State. One night, however, while on patrol in the marshlands east of the City State, they were attacked by a group of undead. Ogriff’s patrol fought bravely, to the last man. When he awoke, Ogriff had a hunger for human flesh. Ogriff sought out his brother at the Church of Pharasma in Clovers Point. Father Egriff could not bring it upon himself to help his brother and sent him away. Ogriff left and found his way to the Evil Beneath Inn south of town. Taking residence there, he soon found a system of caves that led beneath Clovers Point. Still angered by the contempt of his brother he conceived a plan that would result in the collapse of the Church of Pharasma. He saved the town’s priest however, and enslaved him to regenerate the flesh of the dead townsfolk week after week for 10 years to provide sustenance to Ogriff and his ghouls. The priest lives still, locked away in the darkness with a shattered mind, casting Restore Corpse on his former parishioners to forever feed the horrible undead.
Since then, a small group led by Jona Clay ventured to Clovers Point in hopes of razing the ruins and building a new town on top of them. Out of respect to those who died that horrible night 13 years ago, they agreed to keep the name as Clovers Point, given to the town because of the ferry crossing that exists here. It has now been three years since the reconstruction began and a lot of the primary buildings have been rebuilt or restored. Many of the hovels that were burned that night are still in need of repair or to be rebuilt. The few that were uninhabitable have been slowly taken by those who have ventured to Clovers Point to begin a new life.
A few of the families that moved to Dearthmead have returned to start cultivating their farms again. Last year was the first year that they have a harvest that was more than required to feed the local town population. Jona Clay has worked hard to oversee the reconstruction as well as train the Town Guard in order to ensure peace. Esme Currindon was sent along with the group as a representative of the City State. Not one to dirty her hands, she has been instrumental and helping to settle many of the disputes that have arisen so far. She recently received a message from the City State asking when Clovers Point would be able to govern itself.
At this time, the population of Clovers Point is approximately 125. Many of these people do not live within the town proper. Still fearing the events of that night nearly 15 years past, they have taken residence in the many farmhouse-like hovels that dot the countryside.
The five farming families that returned have formed a cooperative that oversees most of the cultivated area around Clovers Point. About a quarter of the population work for the cooperative assisting with the planting and harvesting of the crops or tending to the livestock that provide food to the town. What little is leftover each harvest is stored to protect to ensure a shortage of food doesn’t occur.