Reign of Winter
The city of Hoarwood is unique in all of Golarion – an entire settlement housing nearly 9,000 souls, carved from a gigantic oak in the middle of the eponymous forest. The tree, believed to have been planted by Gozreh himself at the dawn of time, was sacred to the druids of Irrisen’s conquered native Ulfen population. Rivers of blood from the leaders of their brief uprising were used to kill the once-mighty tree. The tree is 500 feet in diameter at its base, and towers thousands of feet in the air. Not all of the city is built within the tree – a large portion nestles among the tree’s sprawling roots, and is home to a majority of Hoarwood’s peasants .
Most of the city’s Jadwiga inhabitants, however, reside above the rest of the city along a broad avenue carved into the great trunk in a counterclockwise corkscrew. This concourse rises hundreds of feet into the air where the first massive branches emerge from the tree’s trunk, winding past hundreds of rooms, balconies , patios , and overhangs painted in vibrant colors and decorated with the delicate gingerbread woodwork so common in Whitethrone. It took hundreds of carpenters, artisans, and woodworkers conscripted from every corner of Irrisen more than 4 years to complete the monumental task, a masterpiece of design that continues to inspire wonder.
Most non-Jadwiga living in Hoarwood, save for the visiting merchants and other outsiders, are slaves. This includes a considerable array of bureaucrats who manage the governing of the province while its ostensible ruler, her brother, and other noble s pamper themselves with sweetmeats and soirees.