The Draconian Vale
When the Eastmarch was once the far eastern border of an ancient empire Hurthorn Keep was its eastern-most outpost. It was home to a small garrison who dutifully kept watch for any sign of trouble in the Vale that might warrant sending word to the homeland. But, when the Empire fell and the journey home seemed less agreeable, its garrison of soldiers traded dutiful watch for a homelife, and the halls of Hurthorn Keep for the farms and villages of the Downs. The Keep fell into disuse, the land around it grew up and obscured it, and now most folks avoid it, for fear of what nasty beasts might inhabit it or the surrounding forests.