The Company of the Silver Star
Melatis lies along the Chillrace, a small river (a fast mill-race-type only 10-50’ across depending on where you are). It’s about 3 days NE of the gate from Valdere. The road from Valdere comes down to the river almost a day before you get to Melatis. Melatis is built on a crossroads with three spokes. Valdere is the first, the second is to the SE into the hills to a pair of villages called Bradis’ Fast and Pioneer Mine. The prisoners told you that Pioneer Mine was overrun and destroyed by a handful of elementals sent by the Tieflings. North of Melatis you run 3-4 more days and you come to Ordensbridge which is another village of 2000 people built above a bridge over the Chillrace. Since the river floods with spring melt every year the roads and villages are all built a fair hike up from the river itself.
Beyond Ordensbridge another 2 days to the north is Goldwash, a town of almost 5000 people. Goldwash lies at the confluence of the Chillrace and the Lakerun, another slightly larger river. There are large lakes a day SW and NE of Goldwash. You’ve never been beyond Goldwash but reports say that most traffic is along the lake. Downriver (to the NE) you come to the Silverglass lake in about half a day and from there people boat along the Silverglass. The lake bends back to the south eventually, finally bending back far enough south to be due east of the gate from Valdere. Travel the length of the lake is about a fortnight using conventional boats and there are a couple of small communities along the lakeshore every 3-5 days as you travel. Rumor has it that some distance beyond that you come to the closest large settlement, Lissestand, which reports place that at anywhere from 10-25,000 people.