The Village of Artiban

The village of Artiban was founded 52 years ago, when the explorer reported that past the Forest of Salchak, among the Din Hills lay an isolated valley with extremely fertile land. Soon after the arrival of the first farmers, a temple to the goddess Ninurte was erected and thus, the village was born. The land here proved to be very rich, often producing crops half again as large as those grown in more mundane soil. The village quickly grew into a thriving community of 300 people.

Occasionally, the settlers were harassed by bands of troglodytes or goblins from the nearby forest. These farmers were hardy folk and were not intimidated by a few raids. Instead, they organized a well-trained militia to meet the assaults of the monsters with cold steel. They soon learned that the village was best left alone.

Throughout the past year hard times have hit the village and its population has undergone a steady decline. Many farmers have packed their possessions and, for unknown reasons, migrated to other, less fertile areas. Some homes have simply been found abandoned, with food on the table or crops un-harvested in the field. No realistic explanation has been offered for these strange disappearances. Sometimes the families have returned in a few days or a week, and other times they have never been heard from again.

The Village of Artiban

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