The Nentir Nexus
At the foot of the Cairngorm Peaks sits Winterhaven, a remote but stable village consisting of a walled keep and outlying farmlands and pastures. Despite being the smallest settlement in the Vale, it exists as the only point of true civilization in the northeastern reaches.
Threats to the village are not frequent, but they do exist. Blood spear orcs from beyond the Peaks venture into the Vale on occasion. Stories of strange things lurking among the Gardbury Downs, the site of an ancient battle with the orcs, are common. Goblins and kobolds frequent the foothills. And it would be foolish to dismiss the sightings of white dragons and other creatures that favor the cold around Lake Wintermist to the north.
There is also the old Keep that once provided protection to the village in ages past but has long since fallen into ruin and is now the site of cultist activity.