Red Larch has been an important stop on the Long Road for two centuries now. Named for a distinctive stand of red larch trees that were cut down when the hamlet was founded, Red Larch became a settlement in the first place thanks to a drinkable spring that fed a sizeable pond ideal for watering horses, oxen, and pac mules.
An east-west trail meets the Long Road at the pond running west to the logging community of Kheldell and east to Bargewright Inn and eventually Secomber. Another trail leads to quarries in the Sumber Hills and to ruins of stone keeps long ago abandoned.
In recent years, new quarries have been openend on the northwestern edge of town. So far these have yielded up great slags of marble much prized in Waterdeeop for facing large new buildings and repairing older edifices. Red Larch is also a centre for stonecutters quarrying slate on the fringes of the Sumber Hills.
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