Tales From Janus Valley
A nomadic tribe of halflings settled in the Janus Valley many years ago. Laying stakes in the quiet foothills of the mountains, the settlers were pleased to discover the area possessed abundant natural springs. The fresh, clean taste of their wells inspired the village’s name, and the halflings flourished. Today, nearly 300 halflings call the village home. Other races are not unheard of, but with most permanent dwellings scaled for the short folk, taller races tend to remain infrequent guests. Village decisions are made by a town council, and local defense is served bya volunteer militia. Fortunately, threats beyond an occasional orc bandit are few and far between.
Located less than a day’s ride from Hala Xel, Sweetwater Village is a mildly popular vacation spot for those weary of crowded cities. The townspeople are charming and rustic, with halflings’ natural affinity for hospitality. A few relaxation spas have formed around the supposed health benefits of bathing in Sweetwater’s waters.
Sweetwater offers all the amenities one could expect from such a small village. The Rosering general store stocks basic necessities, and several local craftsmen ply their trades. The Barleycorn Brewery is one of the highlights of the area; brewmaster Bill Barleycorn claims that Sweetwater’s wells are what gives his ales and lagers their crisp, refreshing taste. Inns are mostly limited to a handful of larger-scaled guestrooms attached to residents’ homes. Visitors are encouraged to come during the annual Sweetening of the Wells festival. Folk arts and ceremonies are conducted, and the finest local fare can be sampled.