LORE

BENEATH

For untold centuries, Stonewatch has stood as the shining jewel of the dwarven people, a massive underground city located beneath the Godsfell Mountains. And, for an equal measure of time, riches have flowed like water from its gates, courtesy of The Father’s Gift, a legendary vein of ore said to make even the vast riches of the ancient kings seem like mere trinkets in comparison. Under the rule of the Irongaard clan, there came a time of prosperity, peace, and trade with the neighboring kingdoms. But the opulence of the dwarves also attracted attention of a less savory nature. The greedy eyes of the savage Cragtraws, and bandits were ever vigilant in searching for avenues that would allow them to take, either by force or guile, the riches of the dwarves and claim them for their own. The dwarves were unbending in their defense, though, and they kept their foes at bay, repelling attack after attack. But their enemies were persistent. Every bauble they stole, no matter how small, served only to further incite their greed. In time, their patience paid off. The tunnels beneath the Godsfell Mountains were numerous and, even after centuries of diligent exploration by the dwarves, many remained unexplored. Eventually, a way in was found, one that would bypass the nearly impenetrable gates that served as Stonewatch’s vanguard. Following this discovery, a great conclave was called among the dwarves’ many enemies. After much petty squabbling, they pledged to form a dark alliance aimed at crushing Stonewatch and seizing the Father’s Gift from the great kingdom that had so long vexed them. So it was that the Great War began during the watch of Gildor Irongaard, seventh king of his line.

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Now, the war is finally over. With the swing of an axe, the head of Gorve Bloodclaw, mightiest of the Stalagtroll chieftains, was cleaved from his shoulders. Their morale broken, the remnants of his forces scattered, bringing to an end the years of misery and