Thieves & Kings
Apple farmer in Thornkeep
Widow Eliseera Applewarden, was seen as a young, beautiful woman who married into the farmlands known by most as “Applewarden Orchard”. Despite its ragged appearance and the general inability among her few part-time workers, she still managed to make a living selling apples to the local provisioner Mistress Nessa Greenfoot, and other interested parties for 15 sp per 30-lbs bushel basket.
Many claimed she was an enchantress, and everyone considered her a wastrel. She had little contact with the village outside of business dealings to sell her apples or acquire fresh supplies, usually done through whomever was her most recent lover. When seen in public, she appeared very much a nobleman’s daughter, wearing fine gowns, with her long, dark hair and piercing blue eyes marking her as an outsider to the village.
She claimed to originally be from a distant village who married the ancient farmer that settled an orchard on the outskirts of Thornkeep. He soon died, quite happily claim most, and the good widow was notorious for the number of young lovers she has taken since.
Nonetheless, she had quietly let her workers go, one by one, and the orchard has slowly fallen into disrepair. She sometimes hired new locals, who usually knew little of apple husbandry, but worked for less and usually stayed only a season before leaving for other work elsewhere.
She included a load of dried apples (two barrels) in the recent caravan, which many claim had netted her a pretty collection of coins.
“Let me just reach inside your mind…”
In mid-Kelen, TR 1050, it was revealed that the sweet young widow was secretly an undead (fey) creature known as a “Dream Thief”. An insidious spirit living from the minds and dreams of its prey, these parasites drained both energy and sanity from their victims, preferably while they sleep. She was confronted by all the adventurers, after a failed effort to destroy Scales.
Followed into the Shadowfell, where her very lair was assaulted and many of her allies slain, the adventurers forced her to flee into the depths of the Shadowfell itself, though they encountered a mysterious shrine dedicated to an unknown god, marked by a strange “eye symbol” in blood. The adventurers assume she may never (hopefully) be seen again.