A once-famous prison, this is now little more than ruins, sitting atop a large hill in view of the town of Ravengro.
Built in 4564, held many dangerous individuals. Towns from across the region would often pay to have criminals incarcerated there. Believed to have been caused during a prison riot, a fire destroyed much of the building in 4661, including the underground facilities of the eastern wing. The fire caused the deaths of all inmates and guards as well as the warden and his wife (although the cause of his wife’s presence at that time is unknown).
The prison is little more than ruins now, and has been left vacant since the fire, exactly 50 years this year.
DC 10 : Harrowstone is a ruined prison—partially destroyed by a fire in 4661, the building has stood vacant ever since. The locals suspect that it’s haunted, and don’t enjoy speaking of the place.
DC 15 : Harrowstone was built in 4594. Ravengro was founded at the same time as a place where guards and their families could live and that would produce food andother supplies used by the prison. The fire that killed all of the prisoners and most of the guards destroyed a large portion of the prison’s underground eastern wing, but left most of the stone structure above relatively intact. The prison’s warden perished in the fire, along with his wife, although no one knows why she was in the prison when the fire occurred. A statue commemorating the warden and the guards who lost their lives was built in the months after the tragedy—that statue still stands on the riverbank just outside of town.
DC 20 : Most of the hardened criminals sent to Harrowstone spent only a few months imprisoned, for it was here that most of Ustalav’s executions during that era were carried out. The fire that caused the tragedy was, in fact, a blessing in disguise, for the prisoners had rioted and gained control of the prison’s dungeons immediately prior to the conflagration. It was only through the self sacrifice of Warden Hawkran and 23 of his guards that the prisoners were prevented from escaping—the guards gave their lives to save the town of Ravengro.
DC 25 : At the time Harrowstone burned, five particularly notorious criminals had recently arrived at the prison. While the commonly held belief is that the tragic fire began accidentally after the riot began, in fact the prisoners had already seized control of the dungeon and had been in command of the lower level for several hours before the fire. Warden Hawkran triggered a deadfall to seal the rioting prisoners in the lower level, but in so doing trapped himself and nearly two dozen guards. The prisoners were in the process of escaping when the panicked guards accidentally started the fire in a desperate attempt to end the riot.