Post Greyhawk Wars: 585 CY
Located on the shores of Midbay, this is home of 3,800 halflings.
During 583 CY, an outbreak of a mysterious plague decimated this community and nearly a quarter of the population died. The reasons for this are wholly mysterious, but the wasting symptoms and catastrophic infectious phases of the plague appalled and terrified the halflings, who have become a more fearful folk since. Traditionally a city of good food and good cheer, Elmshire is now a rather gloomier place. Many of the survivors feel guilt at having outlived younger loved ones who died and the town as a whole now suffers terrible mental anguish.
The probability of the decline of Elmshire is a worry for the rulers of the Free City, since trade between the communities has been good and the food grown here is needed in Greyhawk. Further, Elmshire signed a treaty with the Free City in Patchwall CY 583 in which it agreed to accept taxation (at a low level) in return for Greyhawk‘s military protection. This is another reason for its decline worrying Nerof Gasgal and his fellow Directors; they need the money!