Oleg’s Trading Post is located at the southern edge of
Rostland (and thus Brevoy). To the south, the green line
of the Narlmarches looms only a few miles away. Owned
and operated by a stern and somewhat unimaginative man
named Oleg Leveton and his
wife Svetlana, the trading
post’s remote location and inconvenient distance from
a major river has prevented it from realizing significant
financial success. This is fine with Oleg, who in truth
decided to move to such a remote location to get away from
the constant machinations and political maneuverings that
dominated urban life in Restov. All Oleg ever really wanted
with his trading post was a place for him and his wife to
live far enough from the sins of civilization without living
so far that he couldn’t enjoy all of its benefits. Accepting a
charter from Restov to rebuild an abandoned border fort
into a trading post seemed like the perfect solution.
Oleg and Svetlana have spent the past few months rebuilding the old fort. Their customers are few and far between, consisting mostly of trappers, hunters, and an eccentric local hermit named Bokken, but the trade in furs, jerky, and the occasional magic potion from Bokken are enough to keep them in business. At least, until word of the trading post caught the attention of the bandits who infest the Greenbelt to the south.
Oleg is a middle-aged man with a no-nonsense attitude and fierce pride. Were it not for the fact that he feared for his wife’s fate, he would have doubtless sacrificed his life to the bandits in a foolish attempt to defend his stock when they first paid a visit 3 months ago. The fact that he’s been forced to turn over each month’s stock to the bandits shames him, but he does his best to mask that shame with a stubborn and gruff attitude. His wife Svetlana knows how much the situation pains him, and knows that she’s the reason that he hasn’t stood up to the bandits and how that act of humility is crushing his soul. She’s pleaded with him several times to abandon the post and return to Restov, but Oleg has stubbornly refused to give in that completely. His only concession to Svetlana’s wishes has been to send several requests to the city for reinforcements whenever a trapper or hunter stops by on their way back to civilization—he’s recently received word back with a promise that a group of guards will soon be sent, but no sign of such protection has yet arrived.
Locations at Oleg’s
Oleg’s trading post is surrounded by a wooden palisade that
stands 10 feet high. At each corner of the palisade are 20-footsquare
watchtowers, each armed with a run-down catapult
left over from the site’s original use as a border fort. These
catapults are in no condition to be fired, and repairing them
would take many weeks of work—they’ll be no use against
the soon-to-arrive bandits as a result. There’s one entrance
through the palisade—a 30-foot-wide wooden gate. It’s a DC
15 Climb check to scale the walls of the palisade.
Specific locations within the palisade are listed in brief below.
A1. Market Yard: This open area is where trade takes place. The two tables near the fire pit are used to display wares and serve food to visitors, while bulky trade goods are offloaded into the storage pen.
A2. Guesthouse: Oleg rents out the beds in this guesthouse to anyone who wishes to stay the night at a rate of 5 sp a bed per night. A rustic breakfast and filling dinner is included in that price.
A3. Stable: Oleg keeps his jittery horse Claptrap here. He rents out the other stalls to visitors’ steeds at a rate of 2 sp per stall per night—that price includes a day’s worth of water and feed and a complimentary rub down for the horse.
A4. Storage Pen: This fenced area has a wooden roof to keep off most of the rain and snow—trade goods like furs and other goods are stored here until enough build up to warrant a trip to the city to sell them off. The pen is currently empty, as Oleg’s been forced to turn over his stock to the bandits.
A5. Middens: Three 3-foot-deep composting pits and middens.
A6. Main Hall: This squat but solid wooden building is Oleg and Svetlana’s home and the storeroom for the trading post. The double doors leading out into the market yard can be barred but not locked.
A7. Dining Room: This is a comfortable room with a few chairs and a table—the Levetons use this room primarily as a dining room.
A8. Office: This room is where Oleg keeps his ledgers and meets with important visitors—in theory. As of yet, no one of importance has bothered visiting the trading post.
A9. Stockroom: This room is used to store the trading post’s stock. The stock currently consists of a suit of leather armor, a heavy wooden shield, two hand axes, five javelins, a longbow, two dozen arrows, a scythe, two spears, two vials of antitoxin, six torches, two weeks of trail rations, a number of animal furs worth a total of 120 gp.
A10. Storeroom: This room contains two barrels of drinking water, a half-full barrel of lantern oil, three common lamps, a dozen candles, a week’s worth of firewood, a hooded lantern, 70 feet of hemp rope, a tent, and enough food (mostly cheese, hard bread, and dried venison) to last for 2 weeks.
A11. Bedroom: This modest bedroom is where the Levetons sleep.