Lake of the Woods Lake
The deep and cold Lake of the Woods has been home to bands of woodsmen for ages. Cradled in a spur in the Augustinian Mountains, the lake is a place of natural beauty and forgotten savagery. The lake drains out from the Apris River, into the Tomne river valley, but a series of rapids and waterfalls restricts any trade.
At the height of the old Julian Empire a watchtower was built on the west shore of the lake, which became a gathering place for the local bands. Over time, a settlement sprung up around the tower, Lac du Bois, which outlived both the Julian Empire and the Vilsannic Empire, and the watchtower, changing little through the ages.
There is also said to be a hidden cave or monastery of monks on the far eastern shores of the lake. Some rumors claim that the monks guard a secret cache of religious relics from antiquity.