Founded as a center for religious activities, Templehome is built around an ancient temple to Erastil called the Temple of the Elk. As a religious centers, its permanent population is primarily made up of priests and acolytes as well as maintenance workers who help with cleaning and building.
The Temple of the Elk
The thick tangle of brambles has been cut back to make room for the road, which gives way into a large clearing in the woods, its border partially defined by recently re-constructed stone pillars. The western face of the clearing is dominated by a looming, upthrust ridge of rock, nearly 300 feet across and rising to a moss-topped height of 100 feet at the center.
The side of this towering boulder facing the clearing has been carved in the likeness of an immense elk, its antlers drooping down from its weathered face to frame a 50-footwide temple entrance. A flight of stone steps leads up to this entrance from end of the road. Both the steps and elk face feel quite old, though they are obviously lovingly maintained. The thick moss which grows on the boulder tapers off near the stone steps and grants a living vibrant feeling to the temple’s entrance. A 50-foot-long oval pool sits in the middle of the clearing, its waters clear and fresh.
Once a small but well-tended shrine to Erastil, the Temple of the Elk stood abandoned for many
years since Taldor’s last attempt to occupy this region. Recently the temple was re-discovered by the PCs and eventually added as the heart of Templehome, its design completely worked in to the city’s center.
See also Building Map of Templehome
Unfortunately, the last keeper of the shrine went a little mad after he finally admitted to himself that the indigenous tribes of trolls, savage humanoids, and other monsters had “won” and would drive the Taldan colonists out. Frustrated, the cleric lured a large bear to the temple and sacrificed it in the name of “any who would answer the call” to aid against the humanoids.
His lack of faith in Erastil proved his undoing, and the god of the hunt drove the priest mad, and stripped him of his abilities and even his humanity. The mad priest became a large grizzly bear to replace the one whose life he had sacrificed, and Erastil granted him immortality in his new form but not enough intellect to make much of it, forcing him to remain at the site as a guardian until someone worthy of Erastil could come to lift the curse.
In 4709, the PCs slew the bear and restored the temple, eventually asking Jhod Kavken to be its keeper and the High Priest of the kingdom.
From 4709 through 4712 it was a relatively quiet little temple town, with the exception of a few zombie uprisings. However, in AR 4713, the Kingdom of Tusklund started preparing for war and by Sarenith, the town had a castle and city walls. By Lamashan, the city had become home to an army called the Templehome Healers, consisting of over 1000 clerics.