Campaign of the Month: March 2016
Ptolus, City by the Spire
The man (or creature) known as Ghul claimed to be the son of the Dread One and some dark, unnamed demon goddess. He called himself the Half God and claimed the Spire as his birthright. Ghul was a mighty sorcerer with incredible natural talent and an innate aptitude for utilizing and shaping power toward his own ends. He built his fortress, Goth Gulgamel, halfway up the Spire.
In 288 BE, Ghul drew the Utterdark out into the normal, physical world. This darkness covered the lands for almost two centuries, until an elf wizard named Khelaeson finally banished it. Khelaeson was instrumental in Ghul’s eventual downfall, as he also helped engineer the Pact of Brightfather’s Day, wherein a unified army of elves, dwarves, humans, and halflings gathered to fight against the Squirming Horde.
Eventually, the unified armies were victorious and laid siege to Goth Gulgamel. A group of heroes known today as the Great Seven slew the Half-God in his fortress home. With Ghul dead, champions of the unified armies entered Goth Gulgamel, slaying every creature they could. Khelaeson used his knowledge of the Utterdark to sever the many branching corridors from their anchors within the darkness, sending them to be lost forever in the void.
When Khelaeson and the other champions had finished with Goth Gulgamel, they left nothing alive (or undead). The place still reeked of evil, though, and the Brightfather armies did not want to risk another dark lord arising. So, under the guidance of the dwarves, they built Dalenguard to protect the location from intrusion. Thanks to that move, Goth Gulgamel has lain quiet and vacant for centuries.