Hostim was located in the county of Ithmonn, in the Crown Lands of Tethyr. It sat in a grassy area with only minimal tree cover, northwest of the city of Ithmong about 9 miles (14 kilometers) from the Ithal Road.
During the Time of Troubles in 1358 DR, many of the crops in Hostim and the surrounding villages were destroyed in the chaos of that world-shattering event. A month after the Time of Troubles ended, however, things did not return to normal. Instead, the population of monsters in the region seemed to increase, and this led to a shortage of food in nearby Ithmong, which relied on Hostim and other nearby villages for food. In particular, near Hostim, a tribe of trolls settled in a hill cave about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) north of the village.
These monsters were, in fact, summoned to the region by a series of Thayvian beacons as part of a plot by the Knights of the Shield and Inselm Hhune to prevent Ernest Gallowglass from rising to power over all of Tethyr—a position that Hhune himself wanted—during the time of anarchy known as the Tethyrian Interregnum.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book One: Tethyr (back cover). (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
- ↑ Monte Cook, Jonathan Tweet, Skip Williams (July 2003). Dungeon Master's Guide v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 137. ISBN 0-7869-2889-1.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Richard Green (November/December 1992). “A Blight On The Land”. In Barbara G. Young ed. Dungeon #38 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 4–10.