The people of Talabecland have long feared and avoided the dark swathe of woods that surround the Six Spikes. The woodsmen's paths were cut to skirt far around the region and Huntsmen knew not to follow game past a certain point. Although truthfully, most game animals avoided the dark patch of forest too, and only desperate or wounded beasts dared flee in that direction. The messages of all the superstitions and child-scaring tales are clear. Danger lurks in the woods, and these are no mere fables...[1a]
For more information, see Slaughter at the Six Spikes.