Half a day’s walk north east of Bear Hollow is the small settlement of Jade Grotto. Here among the large stone outcroppings and massive roots of the ghostwood trees a dozen or more small cabins and thatch huts have been built around ancient crumbling monoliths and other fallen monuments erected by a long forgotten elven people. The grottos name is derived from the bright green ferns and moss that cover the stone and trees of the area. A narrow but surprisingly deep brook winds its way through the center of the settlement providing ice cold spring water and abundant fish for the people of the village. Here the dense canopy of treetops is a bit thinner than the rest of the forest allowing small vegetable gardens and herbs to be grown in the rich peaty soil of the grotto floor.
None alive remember the original inhabitants of Jade Grotto for many even the elders among the elves of Ghostwoods the settlement has just always been. It is often said that it existed long before the Ravenmarch was a kingdom. Here in the lush forest human and half elf druids have lived as one with the land for ages untold. Along with devout druids Jade Grotto has produced some of the most skilled rangers in all of Faerun. Legends abound of the rangers of the Protective Eye of the Hawk and their nearly supernatural abilities. It is said that they can talk with the very trees and insects of the forest, track any creature and hunt any game. Some even whisper that they possess long forgotten magic that allows them to transform into trees or small woodland creatures to avoid detection. Others speak of pacts between the settlers and ancient Treants or dryads that live within the depths of the Ghostwoods. Few outside the settlement know or could ever hope to truly understand the mysteries of those who were born and raised under the protective bows of the mighty Ghostwoods. What is known for certain is that the inhabitants of Jade Grotto have more than lived up to the legends regarding them.