Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #67
Mar 8th 2023
Name: Hammer and the Horror
Location: South of Clan Ironback’s Canton (#50) in the Ulu Maug range.
Population (approx.): Varies, up to 50-100 per expedition or encampment
Brief: The Canton of Clan Ironback claims by ancestral right the Ulu Maug south of the capital of Taodeas (Blackstone Fortress, #15) and across the notional southern border of the City-State. Tunnels have been driven throughout the underdark connecting chambers both natural and dwarf-made. Expeditions gather the strongest of the willing miners and warriors, to attempt to find the rarest of ores and gems on journeys known as “Hammer and the Horror.” The groups explore depths unknown hoping to find and exploit minerals in place, cleaving gems and forging ingots in the darkness to minimize the weight carried back home. Warriors stand watch and guard versus varied foes such as Orcs, Trolls, deep Elementals, Corrupted creatures and even some terrors from outside of Aenwyld.
Geography: The main underground avenues extend south from Clan Ironback (#50) into the Wastelands. Tunnels branch left and right, descending deeper into the earth, becoming narrower and rougher with every mile. Once one is 50 miles (80 km) from the Canton, natural tunnels outnumber dwarf-made passages. Here the miners and ore-seekers are tested to their limits of perception to find new lodes and veins. Here the warriors live on an axe’s edge for an attack may strike from any direction at any time.
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