Against the Darkness
The largest town in southwest Athelstane, Wither is known as the “Cursed City”, both by its inhabitants and those who have the misfortune to visit. As part of the Darkwood region, Wither fell under the doom of Vilemrys Carpels, the Blackhand Sorcerer. An evil mage of immense influence, her fastness in the midst of the Darkwood is still a place of terror, even centuries after her demise. At the time of her death, the environs surrounding the slain mage’s demense fell under a dark and tenacious curse that has never been lifted. Once a successful settlement grown rich on the bounty of the nearby woodland, Wither has persisted but never thrived, eking out an existence under the haunting shadows of history.