Fey Me Twice
It is said that somewhere within the heart of Harridan Wood there lived a witch named Ulizmila of enormous power. No one knows what became of the crone, but within a small, almost perfectly circular glade somewhere in the Harridan Wood, lie the remains of her earthly possessions. The nearest stands of pine, elm, and darkwood, all typically sturdy woods, twist away from the clearing, as if bent by some impossibly strong wind or seemingly in an attempt to flee despite their paralyzed roots. At the glade’s center squats an ugly cottage, little more than a pile of twigs, shoots, and ivy stacked upon mud walls. From the thatched roof dangle bundles of gnarled roots, old dried beast carcasses, and knucklebone bangles, all clattering together like gruesome wind chimes. A dozen small thatched fetishes each shaped like a tiny man, imp, or rearing serpent stand propped in the yard, keeping guard before a rickety plank door.
The party found a rat tail requested by the town herbalist for a recipe meant to cure an affliction affecting the town’s population. While searching for it they disturbed the witch’s ancient cauldron, which animated and attacked the party. After defeating the cauldron the party searched the hut and discovered the rat tail and a strange shrunken head.