Shadows over Ustalav
The Prisoners of Harrowstone
Harrowstone is a ruined prison—partially destroyed by a fire in 4661, the building has stood vacant ever since. The locals suspect that it’s haunted, and don’t enjoy speaking of the place.
Harrowstone was built in 4594. Ravengro was founded at the same time as a place where guards and their families could live and that would produce food and other supplies used by the prison. The fire that killed all of the prisoners and most of the guards destroyed a large portion of the prison’s underground eastern wing, but left most of the stone structure above relatively intact.
The prison’s warden perished in the fire, along with his wife, although no one knows why she was in the prison when the fire occurred. A statue commemorating the warden and the guards who lost their lives was built in the months after the tragedy—that statue still stands on the riverbank just outside of town. DC 20 (200 XP): Most of the hardened criminals sent to Harrowstone spent only a few months imprisoned, for it was here that most of Ustalav’s executions during that era were carried out. The fire that caused the tragedy was, in fact, a blessing in disguise, for the prisoners had rioted and gained control of the prison’s dungeons immediately prior to the conf lagration. It was only through the selfsacrifice of Warden Hawkran and 23 of his guards that the prisoners were prevented from escaping—the guards gave their lives to save the town of Ravengro.
As to a list of the criminals, the Church of Pharasma does not have a complete list but does have documents which reference files not there which supposedly have a list of the prisoners, but one thing is certain, there were a group of prisoners referred to as “The Five” or the “Most Heinous Five” who apparently caused much concern to the warden and others. These were criminals from all over Ustalav, the worst of the worst who were sent here because no one else wanted them these five were named Father Charlatan, The Lopper, The Mosswater Marauder, the Piper of Illmarsh and The Splatter Man.
Merenso Kull was familiar with the Piper of Illmarsh since he grew up in the area.
The Piper of Illmarsh (real name unknown; 400 XP): Before he snatched his victims, the Piper taunted his targets with a mournful dirge on his f lute. He preferred to paralyze lone victims by dosing their meals with lich dust and then allowed his pet stirges to drink the victims dry of blood.