Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #52
Feb 21st 2023
Name: Caverns of the Gray Skulls
Location: Depths of the central Lanu Maug mountains of Taodeas
Population (approx.): Unknown but estimated to be 8-10,000 minimum
Brief: In the center of the Lanu Maug is the territory of an Orc Warren known to outsiders as the Gray Skulls. Historians recount that these Orcs were first encountered as the Ta’arnan Empire expanded northward to either side of the range. Fierce battles were fought in the foothills, but the Ta’arnans could not dislodge the Orcs from their ancestral home. In the years that followed the Orcs generally kept to the mountains, farming the flora, hunting the local fauna and the few humanoids unlucky enough to stray onto their territory (usually marked by skulls on rocks or trees in ash, paint or dried blood). Once or twice an aggressive petty Orc warlord led raids into the plains to west and east with varying success. It is rumored that once Ta’arna fell, the Orcs sheltered some fleeing the revolt who were of a similar bent (dark priests, evil mages and the like).
Geography: The Gray Skull Orcs claim a stretch of Lanu Maug covering about 2,500 square miles (25 miles west to east and about 100 miles north to south) but live mostly in the center of the territory in several deep ravines, perforated with caves and caverns, connected by tunnels, defended by strongly built fortifications.
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