In an area hemmed in by the orcs of Belkzen, the undead of Ustalav, and the primal dangers of the Fangwood itself, a place was needed for those with money to cross the river safely. Ekat Kassen, after his service in the Lastwall military searched for fortune and adventure. And adventure and fortune did he find in abundance. Using his wealth, he tamed a region upon the banks of the Taroundel River, providing a natural stopover for traverelers upon land and water. And thus, Kassen’s Hold prospered.
All that changed when an old “friend” returned a decade later. Kassen’s one-time traveling companion, Asar Vergas, came to town with a mercenary band, convinced the founder had cheated him out of some fortune. He raided the town for months, before his camp was located within an ancient crypt. Kassen and a few followers marched out to meet the menace… Only two returned, one of whom was Kassen, carried by the other. His bearer described the battle as ferocious and bloody, with Kassen personally slaying Asar and single-handedly scattering his mercenary band… At the cost of a mortal wound. The hero died two days later, on the 11th day of Neth, 4535. Kassen was interred in a place of honor within the crypt he cleansed, with the mercenaries, the townsfolk and Asar himself placed in simple sarcophagi within. And so they’ve all rested, with the eternal flame above Kassen’s tomb illuminating the crypt for eternity…
175 years have passed, and The Crypt of the Everflame has become an important part of Kassen’s history. Now a memorial to the villagers who gave their lives to ensure peace for further generations, a tradition has formed. Every autumn, a group makes a pilgrimage to the Everflame, taking some of Kassen’s flame within a sacred lantern which will stay lit the entire winter; a symbol of the town’s resilience. Most years it is the mayor and dignitaries that perform the task, though on occasion the mayor decides that a younger group of “heroes” shall be given the sacred duty, as a coming of age ritual for the youth.
The town of Kassen is little more than a hamlet, a collection of small homes and camps that dot the perimeter of the Fangwood. However, the town embodies the Nirmathan ideas of standing up for one’s neighbor and one’s ground as well. It’s not a metropolis by any means, but Kassen does host a two-story inn and tavern known as Seven Silvers, if you’re seeking conversation and good brew, though the owner has been of a somber disposition of late due to the passing of his wife and infant son. If a new sword is needed, or an axe needs sharpening, Renet’s Steel can’t be beat for price and time, but the dwarf Braggar is a true artist, his works being of a quality above anything put out by Renet.