Between the capital and the Sea of Mist, the second highest mountain area hides several entrances to its depths. The special feature for these entrances is, that despite their number on the south side, only one has been reported found from the north side. As a tempting shortcut to reduce the travelling days to The Sea of Mist and its efficient logistics further north, the caves still interest many merchants and treasure hunters, not to mention the eager history researchers who firmly believe, that the dark shapes of the caves hide a secret entrance to some long forgotten dwarven kingdom.
Many fearless excavations have been started since the first human settlements in the region, but none ever ended as fruitful as the successful journey of Alric the Traveller five years ago. His life hanging by a thread, he somehow managed to survive the challenges deep in the endless cave complex, stumbling out of the dark as the only survivor out of the group of twelve bold adventurers. Those three agonizing weeks exposed him to some severe traumas, but also provided the Court with the needed information concerning the possible exit to the north side.
A special attention was payed on the notifications he made about some complex room with ten impenetrable doors. Unable to find a suitable key before the food supplys ran out, the final penetration through the mountain remained as mere aim. However, the fresh air floating behind one of the doors gave strong hope that the exit would not be far away. Gathering as many note books he could from the fallen predecessors, much of the available knowledge was now available for the eager hands of the studying wise. With some precious artifacts of unknown design grabbed along the horrific escape from the predators of the cave, Alric the Traveller made a small fortune as one of the most appreciated explorers in all the central lands.
To get his well deserved rest, he became a resident of a small village west of Artturoc. Rumour has it however, that not all of the artifacts were put on public sale, but rather silently demanded to be given for further investigations carried out in the candlelit chambers of the Tower…