Return of Xoriat
The woods that surround you seem colder and darker than they should be, even in this clearing. Before you is a massive edifice of crumbling granite—perhaps a fortress, perhaps a mausoleum, perhaps an immense altar. The forest seems to recoil from the rock, tree branches twisting away from the center of the clearing. You aren’t alone. You see dark shadows flitting through the forest, beyond the wan light of the clearing.
At the heart of the Whisper Woods stands a tumble of rock neither wholly a natural outcropping nor fully a constructed ruin. Whisper Rock is at least as old as the early days of Galifar, and fragmentary references from the Dhakaani Empire suggest it might be thousands of years older. Nothing larger than a stunted bush grows within 300 feet of Whisper Rock, and the entire clearing has an overwhelming aura of abjuration magic. Something lives inside Whisper Rock, a massive, ancient monolith in the center of the forest.No one knows what’s inside the rock, but some brave the surrounding forest to hear the prophetic rhymes that Whisper Rock whispers to those who approach it. Such a journey is risky; Whisper Rock has self-appointed guardians that jealously guard the prophetic whispers for themselves. Whisper Rock lends its name to the Whisper Woods of northern Aundair. A few woodcutters live on the edge of the forest, but few draw their livelihood from the woods. Any Aundairian can tell you the woods are haunted. The rock itself sits about a dozen miles off a particularly forbidding stretch of Aundair’s coast, or 80 miles from the Whisper Woods’ southern edge.