Out of the Muck
Hob’s Bog is a small village deep in the swamps of southern Ashland, named for a clearing containing a raised bog, founded by five deeply religious families about 150 years ago. It has been completely isolated for about 60 years now, as even Ashland’s tax collectors have abstained from travel into the deep swamps. The village is completely self-sufficient by necessity, depending heavily on hunting and fishing, rice farming, and gathering.
Mortimer Hob founded Hob’s Bog at the end of a two-year-long journey undertaken after he claimed to be led there by a vision of God. While many thought this unlikely, four local families felt this pull of his undoubted charisma and followed him from their homes. The five families (the Hobs, the Brans, the Merrymakers, the Robertsons, and the Tellers) made up the initial population. A few years later, an odd band of halflings joined the village as well, the Pleasants.