Black Tarn

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Black Tarn is an infamous mountain lake on the Ironbound Island of Dragon's Rib in the Lands of the Linnorm Kings.1


The people of the region have long wondered who lives in the Black Tarn's depths, and have speculated that it could be a troll king, a fey sorceress or an ancient linnorm. All have agreed, however, that a mighty trove of treasure lies at the bottom of the lake. The rumors of the lake were strengthened when the Ulfen hero Arnlaugr the Fearless donned his famed linnorm-scale armor and his magical sword Rixbrand to seek his fortune at the bottom of the Tarn and was never heard from again.2

The truth is that the Black Tarn is home to the ancient water orm named Blackfin, along with Valdis, a rusalka witch who is the fey ruler of the island of Dragon's Rib. Arnlaugr the Fearless was killed when he confronted Valdis, and transformed into a watery undead creature known as a draugr.34


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  1. Matthew Goodall, et al. Lands of the Linnorm Kings, inside front cover. Paizo Inc., 2011
  2. James Jacobs, et al. The Inner Sea World Guide, 103. Paizo Inc., 2011
  3. Matthew Goodall, et al. “The Linnorm Kingdoms” in Lands of the Linnorm Kings, 23. Paizo Inc., 2011
  4. Matthew Goodall, et al. “The Proving Grounds” in Lands of the Linnorm Kings, 35. Paizo Inc., 2011