Storm King's Thunder
Nightstone is a fortified settlement located a few miles south of the Ardeep Forest, in the untamed hills between Waterdep and Daggerford. It is reachable by a lonely trail that branches from the High Road. The city is named for a massive chunk of obsidian that stands in the middle of the village square. The Megalith has stood there since long before the city was founded. It has several strange glyphs carved into it.
The beauty of the Ardeep Forest and the mystique of its elven ruins have long attracted nobles from Waterdeep. The nobles of House Nandar had a hunting lodge in the forest two centuries ago, but elves forced them to abandon it. Ten years ago, members of House Nandar — Lord Drezlin Nandar and Lady Velrosa Nandar – decided it was time to return. They build a new motte-and-bailey settlement south of the Ardeep Forest and began making forays in to the woods with friends to hunt and explore. Wood elves from Evermeet had unfortunately settled in the forest, determined to the protect the remnants of old elf empires from plunder and desecration. As in the past, the interests of the elves and Nandars were at cross purposes.
A year ago, the conflict came to a head and the elves attacked Nightstone. Lord Drezlin was among the many slain- shot and killed by elf arrows while standing on the roof of his keep. His widow made peace with the elves and promised to make no further incursions with hunting parties into the forest.
The Nightstone Inn in the center of town is renowned for its food and cozy guest rooms. The dwarf innkeeper, Morak Ur’gray, is known to have a fondness for adventurers and a nose for lucrative adventuring opportunities.
Nightstone's closest neighbors are the elves of the Ardeep Forest. Nightstone villagers frequently complain about the elves and their interference with their hunting in the Ardeep Forest. The High Steward of Nighstone, Lady Velrosa Nandar, is known to be searching for skilled mediators (or fighters) to help resolve the dispute. She has put out the word in the taverns of the her hometown of Waterdeep offering payment for services.