The Hordelands having just seen through a devilish winter and a arid spring has seen a poor crop year. This has caused good in the area to become quite scarce. As a result foreign trade is seeing a boost in the area. Some of these far away travelers have not been in the area in years and remark on how it seems much more dreadful then they remember.
The local having been there constantly may not seem quite aware of what the foreigners are speaking of. Sure the birds seem to be sparse but they attribute that to low yields in the crops. The wildlife suffers if the people suffer. It only make sense. But there has been stories of a darker nature coming from around the area and as the local become more aware a level of terror has stricken them.
Then the stories began.