Deadwood is the headquarters of the Shrouded and their allies and servants the Shadeborn. it is a hidden location somewhere in the northwest of Karritan. The majority of elves do not know its location and trespassing, even by other elves, is forbidden without permission.
Deadwood is also the location of the dark solution. The Shrouded once explained it, long long ago to the Druidlore and it caused the split between the two. However few druids now live who would even have been born when that disclosure was made. Now the only ones who know the secret are the Shadeborn and the Shoruded themselves and perhaps the very oldest druidlords and they tell no one. Better yet the rest of the elves know better than to ask what really goes on in the Deadwood. One thing is certain the Shadeborn do not recuit yet their numbers grow. Some young elves of a warlike and vengeful disposition join them but not enough to explain their metioric growth while the elven nation dies out. Also they provide orphaned elven children for adoption. The story is always the same: The Shadeborn were hunting down elf killers and couldn’t save the parents but rescued some of the children. The elves are so greatful for these young lives that they do not press for answers they would rather never hear. Deadwood is a forbidding place the trees themselves are darker as if they team with secrets and blood. It is a place best left well alone and not spoken of.
Still interaction with the Shadeborn adn the Shrouded is needed especially as in these perilous and angry times they and their methods have become more populour. That is why the Vaseal were created. Vaseal are NOT Shadeborn but they are taught through a special system of one on one training with anotehr Vaseal followed by a self discovered training sytem known only to the Vaseal themselves. These warriors are allowed unprecidented access to the Shadeborn and Shoruded and they are as close to them as a human elf-friend is to a normal elf. Shadron Dan’r was a Vaseal.
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