Shadow and Flame
Sapoe is the second largest town in Mordrinnia’s Vale. Its less than spectacular architecture and more mundane appearance makes it one of the less interesting settlements in the Vale. The current Elder is in very poor health and is not expected to last very much longer. Divianne Torrance, a half-elf, seems to be in line for the next elder. She is matriarch of the wealthiest family in Sapoe. Her family’s manor is lavishly decorated with both works of art and superior craftsmanship. The manor home is called Diamond in the Rough, showing the opinion of the Torrance family for the rest of Sapoe.
2,600; The people of Sapoe are mostly humans, elves, half-elves, and dwarves. There is also a handful of tiefling families who moved into Sapoe a few years ago from the Couldare Barony to the East.
Like all of the settlements of the Vale the town Elder takes on all of the administrative responsibilities. The current Elder is an elven man named Pareth Goldenhue. He is very sick and not expected to serve for much longer. Warden Sandie Ironsides, a sturdy and stern dwarf maiden, commands the militia of Sapoe. She has particular problems with her Lieutenant and second-in-command, Fenwick Torrance a toad of a man but unfortunately the grandson of Divianne Torrance.
Warden Ironsides has 60 soldiers under arms at all times, with about one-quarter on duty at any given time. In times of crisis, the Warden has access to another 100 well-equipped but poorly trained soldiers by calling up the militia.
Caperly’s Dancehall; Firetree Alehouse; the Rat and Hammer Inn; the Singing River Inn; the Inn of the Ugly Dog in the Dregs is the cheapest.
Prospectors; Blacksmiths and Smelters; Teamsters and Farriers; Weavers; The Merchant’s Shield; The Woodsmen
The Market District and Low Mountain. The Market District is the home of dozens of different vendors of a wide variety of different fairs. The Glassworks is home to the city’s finest artists and artisans, and is the place to go if you’re looking for jewelers or sculptors. Low Mountain is home to most of Sapoe’s dwarves, weaponsmiths and armorers are available to anyone who can gain a prior recommendation from a dwarf.
Bright Forge (Moradin); the Founding Tower (Erathis); Shinning Shrine (Bahamet, within the Founding Tower), Shrine of the Singing Waters (Corellon); the Waypoint (Avandra);
You hear the distant sound of church bells long before you actually see Sapoe. It lies in the valley below you, nestled between two branches of the Tear River. The river is more of a stream surrounding Sapoe than the full fledged flow in other parts of the Vale. A pond has formed northwest of the town but the flow of water is just enough to keep the town clear and wash away its waste. The scenery around Sapoe is the only reason to visit as the look of the town itself is something less than special. A small waterfall to the south and the beauty of Rinnia’s Glow in the morning make for a memorable entry into this otherwise forgettable town.