A frontier town in the northwestern range of the Irondust Mountains, Silver Springs is most renowned for its mine (rich in its namesake), its illustrious falls, and its geothermic hot springs. Founded during the expansion of the Black Hound Railroad in 4182AR as a resort, and retreat for the rail workers, and their foremans, it was once known as 'Silver City' until gold, and Dragonpowder were disovered in Korros to the south. The gold boom in Korros diverted the track of the Black Hound railroad into the lower foothills of the Irondust Mountains, and the prosperty of Silver Springs diminished as miners, and rail workers packed up their covered wagons and followed it deeper into the Odegon.
The Wisdom of Silver & The Temper of CoalWhile the glitter of gold may have driven much of the work, and prosperity from Silver Springs, the flash of silver, and the black dust of coal has maintained its modest, but reliable economy. Leadership of the town has become divided between Wuldrim Nash of House Arcunslate, and Lhorma Mattloc of House Odenflint, the owners of the two most successful mines. While Nash is well liked and respected, he has been known to be 'slow on the draw' in matters concerning the well-being of the town, preferring to wait and take cautious steps even when decisive action is demanded. Mattloc, on the other hand, while somewhat revilved for her cut-throat business dealings, and fiery temper, has proven capable of organzing the town's resources and defenses even during a crisis. There are long standing rumours that Mattloc has attempted to buy Nash out of his operations in Silver Springs for decades, but the two have fought bitterly over a proper settlement.
Goods & Services
- Green Needle General Store -- The Green Needle General Store has been maintained by the Collridge family for over four generations. It is a modest establishment offering basic goods, supplies, and amunition. The shelves have a tendency to remain bare, sometimes for weeks, while awaiting the caravans from Korros Station to the south. The Collridge family is widely known and respected in Silver Springs, with several members having served as 'make-do' lawmen during times of trouble.
- Whitebough Stables -- Located at the base of the Irondust Mountains between Korros and Silver Springs, Whitebough Stables is a well known and respected establishment owned and operated by the Kallamhut family. Many exotic thuroughbreds are available for purchase or breeding, including rare horses from Infidia (the prize of the Whitebough collection). Perhaps more than any other operation in the region, Whitebough is especially vigilant in its defense against outlaw gangs, as its stables are routinely targetted by scoundrels who know their horses could fetch a premium price in several markets, and by collectors across the frontier.
- Timber Mountain Clinic -- A small doctor's office nestled in the heart of Silver Springs, operated by Gilliam Hert, a somewhat reviled member of the community whose precense has been tolerated almost exclusively due to his skill as a surgeon.
The Hundred Pines Lodge & ResortA relic from a more prosperous time in Silver Springs, the Hundred Pines lodge remains a gathering place for the officials of House Odegon, and other affluent freelancers throughout the northwest region of the frontier. The lodge is a large, and secluded resort sporting geothermic hot-springs, and impressive mountain vistas. While the lodge has certainly seen better days, it still acts as a drawing attraction for rest and respite among the wealthy, or simply as a comfortable meeting spot for business dealings. Because the lodge is located some miles into the mountains beyond the town proper, the coaches and carriages that travel those winding paths of the Sekorra are often armored, and include at least a handful of competent guards. Even this, however, is sometimes not enough to dissuade desperate outlaws and bandits from attempted robbery.
The Silverwood Saloon & Gambling HallThe Silverwood Saloon acts as a central 'town hall' for many in the region; Here one can satisfy their thirst for something strong, and be relieved of their hard-earned coin by the dealers at the tables. The Silverwood has passed between hundreds of hands over the years, and seen a myriad of different attempts at renovation and reform only for a hard season to wipe out its investors and send them packing and penniless back down the mountain from whence they came. For this reason, the Silverwood is often engaged in various less than reputable 'side businesses' throughout Silver Springs.
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