Dugan's Dungeon

History Lesson

We went back to Winterhaven to rest, resupply, and report in to Lord Padraig. Everyone was hiding in their homes and the city was very quiet. Salvana Wrafton seemed a completely different person; gone was the friendly banter, replaced with a fear that she would not talk about. We went to the temple and spoke with Linora, the priest on duty; she mentioned that she has been having bad dreams about a door being opened. After stopping by the shop to pick up more oil and ammo, we saw Valthrun coming out of his tower. We stopped him to ask about the necklace we found. He took us up into his tower and told us about Shadowfell keep. He said:

The people of Winterhaven avoid Shadowfell Keep. Some leave it alone because all ancient ruins have a disturbing feeling about them, a feeling composed of lingering memories and unknown mysteries. Some say the place is haunted. Others fear the rumors of goblinoids using the place as a lair. Whatever the reason behind its solitude, one fact is clear. Within two short decades after the collapse of the Nareth Empire, Shadowfell Keep was abandoned and left to fall apart and decay. It was on a grisly night about eighty years ago that the commander of the keep garrison, Sir Keegan, put into motion the events that led to the keep’s downfall.

Perhaps the Shadow Rift’s malign influence is too strong to resist. Maybe Sir Keegan was an insane monster driven by demons we may never understand. Whatever the case, at the stroke of midnight on that fateful day, Sir Keegan began to systematically slaughter every resident of the keep. His own wife and children were first to fall to his blade, then his trusted advisors, and finally many of the soldiers under his command. Sir Keegan was too skilled for any one soldier to defeat, yet eventually the garrison managed to respond with an organized defense. Although many brave soldiers died, they managed to drive the mad knight into the passages beneath the keep and finally dispatch him.

The keep became notorious for a time. As one of the last bastions of the fallen empire, there was no one to order it back into service. So, it was abandoned, feared for a time, and eventually, more or less forgotten. An earthquake a few years later collapsed the upper towers and walls, and turned the place into a ruin of tumbled stone. Rumors persist of great treasures buried beneath the keep, yet few have dared explore the passages over the year. Sir Keegan’s ghost is said to roam the corridors beneath the ruins, wailing in grief over the tragedy of his life. The people of Winterhaven avoid the place, and the mere mention of Shadowfell Keep is considered bad luck by many of the farmers and villagers.

We left Valthrun’s and went to Lord Padraig’s manor. The guards would only allow two of us entrance, we sent in Rena and Friel to explain the situation so far to the Lord and find out what he would like us to do next. His advice was to stop the cultists from getting the artifact from the dragon burial site.

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