Aarklash, The Time of Subversion
Pfalinth is a recently established (in the last 100 years or so) halfling religious community, south of Loth along the river in the west. There are about 12,000 residents of the town, all halflings that worship Yondalla exclusively. Outsiders (non-halflings) are welcome during the day to trade, etc, and are treated by the jolly residents with the usual halfling hospitality. When night falls however, all non-halfling visitors must leave the town – there are several convenient inns and taverns just outside the gates to accomodate overnight visitors. It is unclear what goes on in the town after nightfall, if anything at all. It is assumed that there are nightly worship services; on still nights faint chanting can sometimes be heard through the town’s walls.
Recently there have been rumors of religious persecution among the members of the community for “faithlessness” and “worship of other gods” – stonings, burnings at the stake and the like. Several halflings have come forward purporting to have “escaped” the community. However, it is unknown whether these halflings were ever actually a part of the community (as there are no public records), or if they are lying because, for some reason, they would like to see the community destroyed.
Other rumors revolve around the community actually being a “religious militia” that is arming and training itself for some unknown purpose.
It should be noted that all rumors are unconfirmed (as rumors are wont to be) and any community that operates in any sort of secrecy is bound to generate rumors.