Heroes of Nirmathas
Kassen is a small town on the Tourondel River in the Fang Wood of Nirmathas. It’s a relatively close-knit settlement with origins that stretch back to the year 4522 AR, when the town’s founder, Ekat Kassen, grew tired of life as an adventurer and retired there. The walled town is bisected by a river, as shown in the Kassen town map.
When established in the year 4522 AR by former adventurer Ekat Kassen, the settlement that would become known simply as Kassen was named Kassen’s Hold. Located where it was on the river, Kassen’s Hold became a stopover for those traveling the river to and from the city of Skelt.
Death of Ekat Kassen
In 4535 AR a man by the name of Asar Vergas arrived in Kassen’s Hold. Claiming to be a former adventuring companion of the town’s founder, he felt Kassen had cheated him before they had parted ways. Vergas and a group of mercenaries raided the settlement for a period of two months before their camp was located. Kassen mounted an attack on the raider’s stronghold, slaying Vergas and scattering the mercenaries before succumbing to wounds received during the fighting. Those killed on both sides were buried in the crypt that served as the site of the battle.
The crypt is now used by the hamlet as the site of a coming-of-age ritual called the Quest for the Everflame.
Kassen can be found in the Fang Wood of Nirmathas, its location giving rise to substantial lumber industry in the community. It sits on the banks of the Tourondel River, allowing transport of logs directly to Lake Encarthan.
There are approximately 750 inhabitants of Kassen, split between the town itself and farms within a few hours walk. Most are human, but dwarves, halflings, elves, half-elves and half-orcs are all well established in town. The town is led by an elected mayor, currently Jonark Uptal.