Grasp of Orcus
Winterhaven is a village of about 1000 people settled toward the west end of the Nentir Vale. The village originally sprung up in support of nearby Shadowfell Keep, but the keep has long since fallen into ruin, its true purpose forgotten. The citizens of Winterhaven are mostly farmers, and largely unaware that they live within half a day’s march of a former rift to the dark plane of the Shadowfell.
The party visited Winterhaven on their first adventure, when they heard rumors of death cult activity in the area. They interacted with several townspeople, most notably Eilian the Old, whose damaged hearing has restored by Stern the paladin.