Robbie runs D&D 4E
Valthrun the Prescient
Valthrun is a sage and scholar who lives in a tower within Winterhaven's walls. Valthrun is knowlegeable about the area, and is a good listener, asking just enough questions to keep whomever he speaks with talking.
Knowledge about the keep: "The keep was built during the height of the old empire. Some sort of watchtower. I can't recall what for. Some think it was to guard against gnoll marauders, but I don't think that's right. Whatever, the keep outlived its usefuleness. It's been a ruin since before Iw as born. Probably a goblin lair by this time. But you've whetted my curiosity. When I return to my tower, I'll look through my library. The next time we meet, I should know more."
MORE Knowledge about the keep:
"My books and scrolls tell me it was built by the old empire. Nerath, as I suspected. Not to watch for mauraders, though. No. It was built over the site of a rift to the Shadowfell, a place of darkness and shadows!
Not all of Shadowfell is evil, but this rift apparently connects to an unholy sanctuary of Orcus, the deom lord of the undead. Skeletons, ghouls, and stranger, fouler creatures crawled through the opening into the light of day. The empire destroyed the undead and then sealed the rift and built a keep over the location to watch over it and contain its threat. I thought that was the end of the story. Now, I'm not so sure.
The villagers think goblins lair in the ruins, as they avoid the area. If goblins have taken over the ruins, they haven't bothered the farms or village."
Story of Sir Keegan and the fall of the keep:
(I will add this later.)
Stuff for sale: Ritual scrolls: Animal Messenger (50G), Endure Elements (100G), Eye of Alarm (100G), Gentle Repose (50G), Silence (50G), Tenser's Floating Disk (50G), Water Walk (100G)