A small village 2 hours away from Ankbarrow. Its key notable feature is a library containing some books of magic and lore. Population: 326 (deceased).
The adventurers were sent to investigate Ashbrush by the Archmage Tel’Vor, to determine the status of a party of sorcerers sent to investigate the library. Upon reaching, they discovered a ghost town emptied out by a recent darkling attack. It was revealed in the town ledger that the town had been recently plagued with darkling attacks, until a final surge two days prior had killed everyone in the town.
In the library the adventurers found that all the sorcerers sent from the Ankbarrow Mages’ Tower had been killed, and that a woman had locked herself inside. Upon confrontation she was revealed to be a necromancer, and resurrected the sorcerers’ corpses as zombies to attack the adventurers and prevent them from interrupting some sort of ritual she was casting. However, she was blinded before she could finish reading the book of ritual, and despite attempts to negotiate with her she teleported away with the help of a strange emerald ring, leaving behind everything else (including her clothes). The party took from here some books about portals and doorways to other dimensions.