The Stojanow river received its current name from a Dwarven word meaning
“trade route", for it was down this passage the ore-laden barges floated to the
south and the Moonsea. The river enters its delta branching off into two
separate channels that separate Valjevo Island and the mainland. The Stojanow
Gate was built to defend the city from potential attacks coming down the river,
as well as to serve as the entrance for the rulers of Phlan and their visitors
during the reign of the Valjevo dynasty. The district was organized around
Valjevo Castle, the site from where the Valjevos ruled the city for centuries.
Today there is little resemblance of the regal ambience that used to fill
this area. Valjevo Castle still stands visible from anywhere in the city, but
only as a mere shell that serves as a reminder of both the greatness of yore and
its inevitable decay and ruin. The towers of the castle still compete in height
with the most modern buildings, but they only evoke the threat that always looms
over the often decimated city.
Because it is said the Stojanow Gate district and the castle itself are the
center where all evil emanates from. The creatures that dwell in it are far too
horrible to contemplate and impossible to expel by the sword. Demons and devils
and beings that are not dead are rumored to lurk among the ruins. The few
lunatics that have gone into the district and have been so lucky as to return
with their bodies and souls in one piece only reinforce those rumors.
Why would anyone want to go deep into such an abominable place? Why not just
erect an impregnable wall and forget about its very existence? Well, because
somewhere beneath the rubble and debris lies hidden the holy grail for any keen
adventurers: one of the rumored locations of the mythical Pool of Radiance. This
Pool, first discovered by the elves according to the legends, is considered an
outright myth by the most learned sages. Indeed, its location and description as
well as its alleged powers change wildly depending on the source. Many have
claimed to have found it but none of them have been able to lead others back to
it. All of this does nothing to diminish its appeal for those who crave the
greatest glory of being the ones to finally reveal the Pool to all of Faerun… or
to keep it for themselves.