The Legend of Rappan Athuk
Many hundreds of years ago, the forces of good allied to destroy the main Temple of Orcus in the ancient city of Tsar. With their Temple in ruins, the surviving high priests of this accursed demon-god fled the city with an army of enemies on their trail - an army of heroic fighters, clerics, and paladins led by Zelkor, a powerful wizard. The exact fate of these evil priests was then unknown, for not only did the remnants of the followers of Orcus disappear from all human reckoning, but so too did the army of light that followed after them. Some said that in the eternal scales the loss of so many good men was a fair price to pay to rid the world of so much evil.
The evil cult, however, had not been destroyed. The surviving priests and their followers instead settled on a hill near the Forest of Hope, a sylvan woodland near the Coast Road. They found a vast underground complex of caverns and mazes carving out a volcanic intrusion beneath the hill. There the priests of Orcus found the perfect lair to continue their vile rituals. For many years they carried on in secret, hidden from the light and from the knowledge of men.
Many years later, their underground delving completed, the evil priests
erected a hideous mausoleum and a sunken graveyard atop the hill. It is
believed that these graves are in fact the final resting place of the pursuing
For the last one hundred years, ranks of adventurers swarmed to the
newfound dungeon. Many fell prey to bandits and monsters in the
surrounding wilderness. Of those adventurers who survived to reach the
"Don't go down the well."