Thorn Island (or Isle, as it is referred to by some) is the outermost major
island in the Stojanow River delta, the other one being Valjevo Island, where
most of Phlan lies. The island has a prominent place in the history of Phlan
since it was the last focus of resistance against the dragon army that once took
and razed the city. The fortress of Sokol Keep, which rests atop the solitary
hill that presides the island, once served as the place where Councilman Ferran
Martinez and the few remaining survivors of the battle made their last stand and
perished to the last man.
The city has just started to restore the Keep, but the works proceeds slowly
as rumors of ghosts and apparitions are pervasive, making it difficult to hire
workers. Not to mention a good while of those who are hired are still so
superstitious that they end up quitting as well after noticing the slightest
creepy sound or odd shadow. The authorities insist that no sightings have been
substantiated with evidence, but in order to keep the reconstruction pace they
have been forced to hire foreign workers, which are much less likely to be
haunted by local ghost stories.
The island is connected to Phlan via a ferry that departs from the Harbor and
returns several times a day. Due to the location of the island at the mouth of
the delta, there have been talks of rebuilding the lighthouse that used to help
the navigation of ships in and out of the Harbor. However, the lack of workers
willing to earn their living on cursed soil has made this project virtually
impossible to undertake until the Keep is finished.