It's mid Spring in the Taldoran village of Griffondale, part of the Duchy of Mulcrow, and a few more travelers than usual bustle through the small, open-air market next to the Tell-Tale Tavern.
Griffondale is watered from two wells, a large one in the small market (from a spring) and another about 100 meters outside the small cluster of wood-framed buildings.
Most of the 150 or so adult members of the community tend the vineyards or the fields or the cows, providing wine, cheese and pastry for themselves and for trade with the rest of the Duchy.
The Scarlet Knight, Baron of Grffondale and a modest handful of miles surrounding it, lives in a small Keep only 50 meters from the Tell-Tale Tavern. Despite being somewhat secretive and almost reclusive at times, he is more than fair regarding taxes and personally defends threats that come to the village.
The Ducal Seat, Grenwald Castle lies nearby to the east 28 miles away. Meanwhile, the large port city, Cassomir, lies 45 miles to the west, half of that distance being the notorious Blackwood Swamp.