Legacy of Shadow
The bustling city of Wheloon confidently straddles the two most important trade routes in eastern Cormyr. Merchant caravans traveling to Sembia pass through each day along the Way of the Manticore, and ships from ports all over the Sea of Fallen Stars sail up the Wyvernflow to unload their goods at Wheloon or pass on into the heart of Cormyr. The rumbling of wagon wheels, grunting of laborers, and hollering of dock hands fills the air for much of the day and long into the night.
Lacking town walls or natural barriers, Wheloon sprawls outward on both sides of the Wyvernflow. Its winding streets follow the hilly terrain and the whimsy of builders, rather than any real plan. Although the historical center of town is on the west side of the Wyvernflow, the east bank has been built up steadily over the years, particularly due to the influx of refugees from the invasion of Arabel during the goblin war.
Vibrant green roofs cap most of Wheloon’s businesses and homes, and the green slate has earned the city the nicnname of “Jade Towers.” The characteristic color of the buildings’ roofs comes from the stone drawn from Cormyr’s largest quarry, which lies not far to the north. The stone is dark green when cut but brightens with exposure to the sun.
Few buildings in Wheloon stand out as particularly glorious or shabby. Whether their homes are crafted from wood, wattle, or stone, residents of Wheloon tend to take pride in them and can often be found at work on them. Many permanent residents of the city have a home that serves double duty as a place of business, and because much of the population works to craft goods, a workshop often also serves as a bedroom and kitchen.
The impression one gets walking through Wheloon is of an industrious and prosperous place. Folk always seem to be about their own business, dodging past the drovers and merchant caravans, and hustling to and fro. Few earn riches in Wheloon, but many who work hard make a good life for themselves and have just enough time and money to enjoy those lives.
Wheloon began as a small thorp that depended on river crossings, but as trade along the Way of the Manticore grew and more ships begun to pass up the Wyvernflow, Wheloon become a true city of industry. Now folk all over Cormyr and beyond know the city as a source of quality boats, ships, sails, pottery, and wagons.
Despite its placement on two major thoroughfares in Cormyr, Wheloon as had only a small role in the history of the region. The last event of historic significance occurred in 900 DR when King Galaghard III of Cormyr fought the forces of the Witch Lords in the city before chasing them into the Vast Swamp and finally defeating them there.
An aging Lord Sarp Redbeard governs Wheloon. Once famously headstrong and virtually independent of the crown, he has mellowed over the years and proved his loyalty to the crown with his steadfast support in trade deals and military efforts. Today Lord Redbeard concentrates on doing what is best for Wheloon, a goal that the nearly 7,000 city residents respect.
A force of roughly 150 Purple Dragons enforces the law in Wheloon. These men and women follow the orders of Constal Maximanus Tholl. Young for a captain and somewhat inexperienced, Constal Tholl nevertheless proves his worth to Wheloon time and again due to his keen wit and dedication to the good of the city. Constal Tholl and Lord Redbeard sometimes disagree about what is best, particularly with regard to Lord Redbeard’s sometimes lax approach to taxation and his tendency to look the other way at how much smugglers contribute to the local economy, but Constal Tholl generally concedes to the Lord without much protest.
Three churches operate in Wheloon. The Harvest Hall has a history in Wheloon nearly as old as the Wyvern Ferry. A temple to Chauntea, the Harvest Hall has been run by Katriana Donohar since the passing of her father, the famed paladin Harrandave Donohar. The God’s Grove, a shrine to Silvanus on the eastern edge of town, has an even older history. Orlenstar Thirthorn is the shrine’s official caretaker, but many townsfolk keep an eye on the site and help to keep it beautiful, since the grove is a popular picnic and wedding site. The most recent church is the temple of Mystra set in the bluff north of town. Folk don’t quite know what ot make of it yet, since Wheloon doesn’t seem like a focal point for interest in magic, but Lord Redbeard put his sign of approval on the deal to build the temple so people believe it must be in Wheloon’s best interest.
1. Temple of Mystra
2. Wyvern Ferry Route
3. Wyvern Watch Inn
4. Wheloon Moothouse
5. Lantern Inn and Boathouse
6. Oldstone Hall
7. Sendever’s Stables
8. Wheloon Watch House
9. Haerldoun’s Helms and Shields
10. Slowtooth’s Weaponry
11. God’s Grove
12. Rathool’s Pond
13. Harvest Hall
14. The Green
15. Hanno’s Herbs and Medicines
16. Rallogar’s Hardware
17. Basult’s Books