Stones blocks—some in various states of carving and others merely dressed—litter the ground in front of this substantial stone building. Here works Urzag Airikka—skilled stonemason and stone carver. Urzag is an upstanding member of the community, but he has a terrible secret: he is infected with lycanthropy, and has been since birth.
Urzag lives alone, but employs two stonemasons, four apprentices and variable number of labourers to assist him with this work. Although much of Dunstone's defences have been left to decay, there is still plenty of work for Urzag, and he is busy. Thus, there is a waiting list for his services (unless one can pay substantially over the odds).
- Urzag Airikka (NG middle-aged male half-orc werewolf fighter 3) worries incessantly he will seriously hurt or kill someone as a result of his curse. Urzag inherited the "moon curse" (as he calls it) from his orc father. When he moved to Dunstone, he built a secret stone vault beneath his home. When the moon is full he retreats to the vault and seals himself in, to protect his neighbours and friends. Twelve hours later, a cunningly conceived mechanism of counterweights opens the vault.
- Viljami Lemmikki (N young male human) idolises Urzag, and dreams of one day being as strong and skilled as the half-orc. He lives nearby, and is often the first into work. He's heard strange sounds from underground—the sound of Urzag's vault opening—but the half-orc has convinced him he's hearing things.
- Teppo Miemo (NE male human fighter 1) hates Urzag for his orc heritage, and desperately wants to ruin the half-orc's business. Teppo—tall, muscular and brown-haired—is a vindictive racist and searches for some great way of bringing Urzag down. He suspects Urzag is hiding something, but does not know what. Despite his odious views, Teppo is popular with his fellows, and no stranger to Dunstone's many taverns and alehouses.
Where is Urzag? The widow Heta Ilakka (NG middle-aged female human) hasn't seen Urzag for a day or two and is concerned for his safety. She asks the characters to investigate. Heta lives next door to Urzag and is infatuated with the half-orc.