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Ekat Kassen was a crusader and fortune seeker who came to serve Lastwall in the year 4515 A.R. While he fought with distinction, he soon realized that he wanted more from life and left Lastwall military to find his fortune elsewhere. His travels took him all over the region around Lake Encarthan, and he decided to settle down in 4522 after a very profitable adventure. Using a sizable portion of his fortune, he set out to tame a small area of the Feywood on the banks of the Tourondel River making it a natural stopover for those traveling up and down the river to Skelt. For the next ten years, the of Kassen’s Hold grew and prospered…blessed by the union of Ekat Kassen and the Nymph Queen Merihope.
All that changed when Asar Vergas came to Kassen’s Hold with a host of mercenaries under his command. Asar was an old companion of Ekat, and the two had traveled together for some time before splitting up just after Ekat’s last adventure. Over the years, Asar became sure that Ekat had cheated him after that adventure. Promising great wealth to his mercenaries, Asar raided the town relentlessly for months. Finally, the townsfolk managed to locate Asar’s camp in an ancient crypt deep in the forest, and Ekat himself went out to deal with his old companion. The battle was terribly bloody, with only a few townsfolk coming back to tell the tale. In the end, Asar was slain and his mercenaries scattered, but Ekat suffered a mortal wound. He died 2 days later on the 11th day of Neth, 4535.
Queen Merihope was heartbroken, and above the cliffs of the town, she mourned. Her tears caused the waterfall that cascaded over the cliffs into the Tourondel River, and the waterfall became known as the Nymph’s Flow. Her tears rasied the level of the river eventually forcing the surviving villagers from Kassen’s Hold. The old village remains under a crystal clear lake of tears, and the new town of Nymph’s Flow was built on the shoreline.
Seeing the friends and family of her lover Ekat in distress, the Queen Merihope promised to watch over the new town of Nymph’s Flow that the villagers were building, but the villagers were to limit their tresspass into the Feywood going forward. The Feywoods were off limits as none of the fey were made to experience the distress and loss of loving one of the human folk. Venturing into the Feywood was giving yourself over to the whims of the Fey, and the villagers understood this risk. The exception was made though for the townsfolk to bury Ekat in the ancient crypt, interring his bones in a place of honor, above the simple sarcophagi used to inter Asar, his mercenaries, and the townsfolk that lost their lives in the bitter struggle. Queen Merihope placed an eternal flame above Kassen’s final resting place, so that all who made pilgrimage to his resting place might find warmth in the wilderness.
Over the years, the Everflame has become an important part of the history of the town, now simply called Flow. The townsfolk view the crypt as a memorial to those difficult first years of the town’s history. Every autumn, a few of the townsfolk make a pilgrimage to the crypt to light a lantern from the flame and bring it back to town, where it is preserved all winter, a symbol of the town’s resilience. Most years, the priest of Erastil and a group of dignitaries perform this “quest”.
Every few years, however, a handful of younger townsfolk are given the honor of lighting the lantern. Many see this as a passage into adulthood, a taste of adventure before settling down to work and marriage.