Gardbury Downs


Named for the now abandoned Gardmore Abbey and the supporting farms and villages which once supported the abbey, the rocky hills and moors of Gardbury Downs are full of old ruins — burned homesteads, shattered guard towers, and broken mills. Standing at the very northwestern edge of the downs, under the shadow of the Cairngorm Peaks is the village of Winterhaven.A region of barren hills on the western side of the Nentir Vale.

The Gardbury Downs is the site of Fallcrest’s failed attempt to hold back the Bloodspear Orcs several decades ago, and is said to be haunted by the spirits of the fallen defenders of the Nentir Vale. Remains of that old battle litter the Downs still – broken swords, shattered armor, and old bones. Travelers on the King’s Road rarely see any signs of ghosts, but the folk of Winterhaven know better than to wander the Downs at night.

Orcs from the Stonemarch also appear in the Gardbury Downs from time to time, circling the Cairngorm Peaks to raid into the Nentir Vale.

Gardbury Downs

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