The Mountain Throne
The Golden Shire
The Golden Shire is named for the wealth of honey produced by its thousands of beehives. Many times in the past, naive brigands would raid the shire only to learn that the Golden Shire is a metaphorical name, and that its inhabitants are quite humble. Some visitors would leave happily after sampling the products of the breweries, while others angry at their own blunder, would assault the halflings only to be driven away by the druids that maintain the bee colonies.
Recently, organized brigands came to the shire under the guise of merchants. They were given a warm welcome and a tour of the region before they turned on their hosts, burning and pillaging what little the halflings had. In the chaos, a few shire-folk were taken as slaves or driven away in fear. This was a great loss for the shire and so the people gathered what little remained of their possessions and equipped volunteers to venture forth and rescue their kin.