The Omerian Tales
Mire of the Dead Men
This rank, dismal swamp represents the remnants of Baron Bear Claw’s domain. The barbarian lord usurped Castle Caldwell and instituted his own tyrannical regime. Eventually, he and his superstitious horde came into conflict with the Archmage Tithian. The wars resulted in the complete destruction of Tithian’s domain, and the eventual downfall of Bear Claw, as the dying Mage is said to have uttered a great curse on the barbarians, resulting in the slow defilement of their lands, and he sinking of their cities. The only remnant of the barbarian empire is Castle Bear Claw, a towering edifice, half-sunk into the festering swamp. The mire itself is known to be haunted, patrolled by the spirits of long dead Bear Claw savages.
The Battle of the Mire occurred here, where the party slew the hobgoblin Tarpoo and first encountered the Sidhe. During their later investigations of Castle Bear Claw, they learned that the area had an even older history: before the time of Baron Bear Claw, it was the domain of King Harold Dresden.