The Heroes of Loudwater
Locals tell tales of the vast mysteries that lie beneath Highstar Lake, from drowned temples of forgotten gods, to sunken Netherese airships, to lost civilizations. And while most stories are false, a splinter of truth might lie within some of the tales.
Beneath the lake’s legendary reflective surface lives a strange creature whose appearance varies according to the season: sometimes a beautiful water nymph, other times a scaled, fishlike monstrosity. Men are sometimes taken to the lair of this “lady in the lake” only to awaken three days later with no memory of the previous days. However, they always find their coin purses bulging with gold of ancient elven mint, so they are content to go about their business.
Sometimes foundlings are discovered near the lake with no memory of their past. Woodsfolk bring these young boys and girls, which are human in appearance, back to Loudwater. Many believe these foundlings to be the half-blood children of the lady of the lake, though few express such thoughts openly. Regardless of their origin, most agree there is a strange, fey quality about the children.