In the Palatine Eye
The ruins of the prison of Harrowstone are contained within a stone wall served by a single gate on the southern wall. Within the ground the prison stands as a two-story building with an extensive underground dungeon complex beneath and a western balcony on which many executions occurred. Two observation towers guarded the campus from on top of the walls. The warden’s house was situated to the south of the main prison building and to the east lay a prisoners’ graveyard. Today the graveyard is a murky pond after the collapsed of a section of the underground dungeon during the fire which destroyed the prison. Within the prison was a chapel to Pharasma.
Harrowstone prison and its supporting town, Ravengro, were established in 4594 AR by Count Eigen Lorres, ruler of Tamrivena (now known as Canterwall). The count hoped to use the prison to increase his standing in Tamrivena and beyond and to provide a good income by taking major criminals from all over Ustalav. Harrowstone became the home of Ustalav’s most infamous prisoners; they were collected twice-yearly from other prisons in every county to either spend the rest of their days there, or to be executed, usually by hanging. The idea was a profitable success for the count and Ravengro.
In 4661 AR, the summer prison convoy brought five exceptionally wicked prisoners, remembered best by their nicknames: the Splatter Man, the Mosswater Marauder, the Lopper, Father Charlatan, and the Piper of Illmarsh. These prisoners, led by the Splatter Man, seized control of the prison and killed the warden, Lyvar Hawkran. Before his death, the warden managed to thwart the escape of the prisoners but, in the panic that subsequently ensued, the prison was set ablaze, killing all the prisoners and many of the guards. A statue, called the Harrowstone Memorial, stands in Ravengro to commemorate this event.
The ruins lie atop a nearby hill so may be seen today from the town of Ravengro itself; the town originally served the prison as its main purpose, but now flourishes independently after the demise of the prison. The locals suspect the prison is haunted.