The Thousand-Foot Trials
Fairadge is a small but well-equipped village in the middle of a lot of rolling farmland. In addition to a large number of self-sustaining farmers, there is a population of hunters, craftsmen, and miners. The nearby mine does not provide much in the way of diversity, but it is a reliable source of steel for the village, enough to keep the craftsmen in business, and provide the village guard with arms and armor. The forest nearby is quite tame, mostly containing deer and squirrels, but the occasional brown bear has been spotted.
The village proper is laid in a series of concentric circles, with roads running around in inward. The very center is the market, where farmers sell crops, craftsmen sell wares, and hunters sell meat, pelts, and more. On the north-east quadrant of the center circle stands the church, and the south-west The Doors. No one goes within fifty feet of the doors if they can help it; much folklore has circulated about the people who accidentally went through The Thousand-Foot Trials, and came back hurt, or unable to continue their trade. Fairadge officials in all capacities insist that The Trials will not hurt anyone innocent of a crime, and indeed, almost all accidental victims come back with at most a single scratch. The few disappearances involving The Doors have never been investigated, and likely never will be.
Travelers are a rarity to Fairadge, given its remote location. However, they do occasionally come, and the inns are ready for their patronage, and the entire village is always eager to see what wares travelers may bring. A small handful of villagers venture to nearby farm towns, but come back with nothing Fairadge is unfamiliar with. The people of Fairadge may be of humble means, but they are educated, and quite capable. Travelers have learned to be wary of Fairadge; their isolation makes what most metropolises consider normal to be quite a shock to small and homogenous Fairadge.