Corruption in Icewind Dale
The town of Bremen sits sleepily on the west bank of Maer Dualdon, at the mouth ofthe Shaengarne River. Those who lack a boat to sail into the town’s harbor can reach Bremen only by fording the river, which can be a perilous proposition when the water is running high. In Bremen, travelers are often struck by the sense that they have left Ten-Towns. Even though Targos, Termalaine, and Lonelywood are all visible from the town’s docks and Kelvin’s Cairn still dominates the skyline, the Shaengarne is like a road, slowly bending its way south and west, away from the mountain and Icewind Dale. In those prone to wander, the shimmering band ofthe Shaengarne seems to ignite the imagination about what lands lie beyond at the world’s edge. On the people of Bremen, the view has the opposite effect, causing them to cling to Ten-Towns like barnacles to a rock, afraid of being washed away in the tide.
In the middle of town is a circle around a central yard, a place the locals simply call Five-Tavern Center. As the story goes, five brothers had originally intended to build a tavern together, but each had assumed he would be the one to run the business. Since none of brothers would work for the others, each built his own tavern, and they all competed for customers. Every night would find the brothers in the central yard fighting over who was stealing whose business. Whether the story is true is anyone’s guess, but nearly every night in Bremen finds a fight breaking out.