Back in the days when Nerath was settling the Nentir Vale, minor lords in search of land to call their own established manors and holds throughout the area. Kalton Manor was one of these, a small settlement raised by Lord Arrol Kalton about two hundred years ago. Lord Arrol intended to settle the lower vale of the White River, but it was not to be – the bog coughed up horrors beyond counting to drive off the settlers and crash against the Kalton Manor’s walls. At the end, Arrol and a handful of his servants and family lived alone in a half-finished keep slowly falling into ruin until they disapeared as well. Stories tell of a hidden treasure – the old Kalton fortune – hidden in secret chambers beneath the runied keep.
The Kaltons were always a noble family of dubious reputation. While many believed that the family died out with its half-finished settlement, but the truth is far more tragic. Survivors fled the area, but they carried its taint with them. A few of these bred a reclusive, twisted family that is poisoned by the Fens’ dark influence and whose members ponder death’s mysteries. The last Kalton to return to live at the ruins was said to be Anarus Kalton who, by all accounts, was the worst of the lot. In the ruins he was said to have explored the forbidden and the perverse. Rumour has it he was murdered by his own apprentices, who saw danger in what Anarus was trying to attempt. Others say the apprentices were worse than Alton and murdered him for his possessions and knowledge.
Kalton Manor is now a set of ruins comprising many buildings including a half built manor-keep, servants quarters, stables, kennels, barns, as well as nearby buildings once inhabited by those who were to work the land. All of these are decrepit ruins, roofless and open to the sky. One of Kalton Manor’s more notable ruins is the so-called Ghost Tower whose stones shine in the moonlight, but even this is now just a shell.