A map with this note attached
If you’re hungry while traveling, the Open Garden next to the village is open to all; help yourself, but it’s poor manners to be too greedy. The only caution is to beware the Forgotten Road. Nobody knows where it leads or what’s on it, and the few who’ve been there all tell different stories, none of them good. If someone tells you they found treasure there and you should go too, don’t believe them.
Notes on an acquaintance
I met the Owlkeeper in the Silent Woods. At least, that’s what he called himself. He was a bit strange: dressed in dapper clothes, sitting in a tree, hands twitchy. He’s one of those people who talks a lot but says nothing; it was all small talk and evasive non-sequitors, like he was dropping riddles that might or might not have an answer. He said he was close friends with Tilleryard, and that they game weekly; but I suspect he’s also the kind of person who says he’s friends with everyone but nobody really knows him? I mean, he sits in a tree in woods that have a reputation for weird fae activity.
A long dozen poem
The garden overflows with their bounty:
A gift from one life on this world to another life
A cairn, telling this story
The cairn at the top of Grannytop Hill stood in the middle of the ring of standing stones, and told the story of “Granny” Applewood, who led the construction of the stones. She was skilled in astronomy and charted the heavens, and the path of sun and moon. The stones were to be a calendar to be used to mark planting & harvest times.
However, the project was not without opposition. Halfway through construction, the mayor at the time abruptly pulled support, and did nothing to stop nasty rumors that the fae were somehow involved. Either that Granny was aided by them, or that the construction would draw their wrath. But Granny persisted, and later generations recognized the ring’s value. To this day, they are still used as an agricultural calendar.
However, the story of Granny herself was lost. Most people simply think that “Grannytop” refers to the fact that some of the stones look like old, hunched figures.