Rise of the Runelords
Bitter Hollow is a tiny thorp on the banks of Lake Coal in central Varisia. It is home to only a small number of hunters and trappers, as Lake Coal has very poor fishing. The Gator’s Nest, Bitter Hollow’s only trading post, is located in the center of town. The founders of Bitter Hollow built the wood and reed walkway known as the Wicker Walk to encourage trade with gnomes of the nearby Sanos Forest. Although trade with the gnomes is not regular, one can find interesting and unusual items for sale at the Gator’s Nest from time to time.
Bitter Hollow was built on the site of what used to be a gnome village known as Rosewood. The gnomes of Rosewood were unique, in that the entire village consisted of summoners. The village was wiped out 5 years ago in an ogre attack. A memorial sits in the center of town across from the Gator’s Nest, with the names of the gnomes who were killed that day engraved on it.