Hunger wood

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Of all the miserable forests of Sylvania, Hunger Wood is the most despised by the Sylvanian folk. It is a spirit­ infested maze of briars and bogs, in which the unwary are easily trapped. Travellers that venture beneath the contorted boughs do not return. Instead, they are doomed to wander until they are lost and crazed with hunger and thirst, forced to fall upon each other to feed and drink, devouring human flesh and drinking blood to survive. For centuries, several tribes of Crypt Ghouls have claimed it as their territory.

On the southern border of Hunger Wood stands Castle Templehof, once home to Countess Emmanuelle. A cousin of Konrad von Carstein, Emmanuelle fought against the Dwarfs during the infamous Night Siege. Dark spells swathed her fortress and its surrounds in an ever-present gloom, and for several months the Dwarfs fought in darkness, preyed upon by the minions of the Countess. Eventually the castle was stormed and Emmanuelle slain, and the Dwarfs laid runic markers upon the dreadful site to repel Dark Magic. Over recent decades, some of these wards have somehow been removed, and foul things once more stir in the southern boundaries of Hunger Wood, guided by some evil intelligence.