The Chronicles of Foxton
Shortly after explorers discovered Durom’s tomb under Crow’s Head Mountain, pilgrims began making the difficult trek up into the hills to visit this holy site. It didn’t take long after that for people to begin building waystations and inns along the route. The last (and largest) waystation, which sat at the edge of the Platinum Hills, was known as Fox’s Crossing (after the large population of foxes in the area). Fox’s Crossing provided shelter and supplies for the pilgrims before they made that final push up into the mountains.
But the area was especially dangerous back then, and the waystation was raided and burned to the ground by inhuman monsters. This, however, did not stop the enterprising Demorians, who simply rebuilt the place again, this time with a tall wooden picket and watchtowers for defense.
This went on for more than a century, each time the waystation was rebuilt better and stronger than before. Eventually, the kings of Demoria decided that this pilgrimage route was too important to leave to chance, so they gave a land grant to the du Clef family to build a castle there to protect the route.
No expense was spared to build the keep, and a troop of professional soldiers defended the pilgrims and the road from bandits and worse. This worked well for a while, but the castle was vulnerable. It had to import most of its food and supplies, since there were few local sources. The family petitioned the king to allow them to build a town here, to plant fields and orchards so they could be more self-sufficient.
And that’s where the town of Foxtown came in. The du Clef family recruited settlers from around the country (and, in fact, around the world), promising a new life in a rich and booming town. Forests were cleared, rivers were dammed, houses were built; Foxtown and its surrounding villages sprang up practically overnight, spurred on by the mineral wealth that was now flowing out of the mountains.
Foxtown is still growing, albeit much more slowly now. It has been an officially chartered town for nearly 70 years now, and it looks like (barring disaster) it’s here to stay.