Lanterns in the Mist
Foxglove Manor (aka Misgivings) lies to the north of Courtaud along the Foxglove River which is a tributary of the Lesser Moutray River
As one nears Foxglove Manor, it seems as if nature herself has become sick and twisted. Nettles and thorns grow more prominent, trees are leafless and bent, and the wind seems unnaturally cold and shrill as it whistles through cliffside crags.
Foxglove Manor almost appears to loathe its perch high above the river, as if the entire house were poised for a suicide leap. The roof sags in many places, and mold and mildew cake the crumbling walls. Vines of diseased-looking gray wisteria strangle the structure in several places, hanging down over the precipitous cliff edge almost like tangled braids of hair. The house is crooked, its gables angling sharply and breached in at least three places, hastily repaired by planks of sodden wood. Chimneys rise from various points among the rooftops, leaning like old men in a storm, and grinning gargoyle faces leer from under the eaves.
Points of Interest
Information discovered about Foxglove Manor12
- Foxglove Manor is over 80 years old, and has been the seat of the Foxglove family the whole time. Some sort of tragedy struck the family a few decades ago, and no one’s lived there since. Common rumor holds that the place is haunted.
- Foxglove Manor is known as the “Misgivings” by some locals, particularly by Varisians. It certainly has a bad reputation; sightings of strange lights in the attic windows, muffled sounds of screaming from above and below, and even rumors of a huge bat-winged devil living in the caves below the manor are but a few of the tales told about the place.
- The Foxglove family lived there as recently as 2 decades ago, but then a fire burned down the servants’ building, Cyralie Foxglove was found dead—burnt and dashed on the rocks below the cliffs behind the house—and Traver Foxglove was found in his bedroom, dead by his own hand.
- Cryalie & Traver’s children, including young Aldern Foxglove, were sent away to be raised in Port-a-Lucine, Dementlieu by distant relations.
- Aldern Foxglove recently returned to live in the manor, but he had a hell of a time hiring locals to aid him in the reconstruction and repair of the old building. Until Aldern moved back in, the place was cared for by a man named Rogors Craesby (a retired innkeeper who lost an ear in a bar fight many years ago) who came in 3 days a week from Courtaud to air the place out, check for squatters, and make minor repairs.
- Foxglove Manor was built decades ago by Vorel Foxglove, a merchant prince from Lepidstadt. Vorel Foxglove and his family lived at Foxglove Manor for 20 years before the entire family perished from disease. The surviving Foxgloves shunned the manor for 40 years, until Traver Foxglove moved back in.