Lord Padraig of Winterhaven is descended from a noble family that rules the area under edict of the throne of Cormyr. Folks around Winterhaven were happy with Lord Padraig’s father’s authority (first appointed after the Spellplague), and they have found answering to the rules of the new lord no more arduous. On the other hand, Padraig doesn’t have absolute power. For instance, he has been unable to raise a force from among the villagers to deal with the kobold problem on the road. He also keeps the Winterhaven economy afloat with his own wealth. He is charged with directorship of the Winterhaven militia.
Padraig commands the Winterhaven Guard, a core group of ten soldiers who perform guard and police functions in and around the walled portion of the village. The Guard patrol in pairs. To augment this force, Padraig can muster a group of about fifty civilians, given a day’s notice. However, he can only do this if the village itself is threatened—the villagers have no desire to patrol the road beyond the farms.
Lord Padraig met Admiral Wolverine Lightning bolt shortly after their arrival in Winterhaven. He was not surprised the party had been attacked by Kobolds and had a pretty good idea of where their lair is. He drew up a map for the party and offered to pay them 100 gp if they would eliminate this menace.
“You’ve encountered the kobolds that have turned the East Way and our outlying farms into their personal hunting grounds? Those beasts vex me sorely. Yet neither the villagers nor the Purple Dragons recognize the seriousness of the problem; or they refuse to. Attacks along the road have grown more frequent over the last few months. Something’s stirring the kobolds up. I don’t suppose you would be interested in taking a commission from me? I promise you, I can pay well for your services.”