The original Northern River Lighthouse was a keep built on the western
side of the river, linked to Shanbar by the Road to the South. Across
the river to the east lies the village of Bel Naire.
Through the 1630s and 40s, the curse of Morphius had
devastating effects upon the infrastructure of the valley. In the
process, the keep was reduced to nothing but a
pile of rubble.
second lighthouse was built as an anti-vulture warning system,
supposedly to signal the townfolk of any dangers heading their way.
Constructed on a bend in the river in the Valley of the Sparrows, it
lay to the north of Shanbar. Though not
as impressive at the first, the roof had the best view in the valley.
At one time a rope bridge crossed the valley, providing an alternate
shorter route to Bel Naire, as opposed to having to loop southward and
cross at Shanbar; but it later fell down.
Following the completion of the lighthouse, further damaged came to
the valley as a result of
Morphius' evil. The entire village of East Shanbar completely
disappeared, while a majority of West
dislocated a significant distance south. Only a few buildings remained
in their original location. The remaining buildings and lighthouse
became divided by a large patch of cursed land, in which anyone that
tread there instantly perished. This second lighthouse quickly became
decrepit under the burden of the evil enchantment.
Throughout these years, the lighthouse was run by a befuddled fellow
who isolated himself in the lighthouse.