A Long Buried History…

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Millennia ago, dwarves completed their Quest for Sky, a legendary migration from their subterranean homeland to the surface. Their exodus nearly failed, but during the journey a hero arose to lead them—a young dwarf named Taargick. Time and again Taargick proved his bravery, resourcefulness, and political skill, inspiring his people to endure when all seemed lost. In honor of his great leadership, his followers named him ruler of the new kingdom they would found in his name: Tar Taargadth.

A council of dwarven clan leaders around a table.

Illustration by Darko Stojanovic


Yet after the dwarves reached the surface and raised citadels and toasts to his legacy, Taargick felt as much remorse in his heart as he felt pride. His people had reached the surface as Torag commanded, but at what cost? Their road had been paved with the corpses of orcs, xulgaths, and more, slain by dwarven steel. Their unjustly shed blood had festered into a thousand vendettas, justifiably earning dwarves the hatred of many. Was Torag’s will worth so much death?

Taargick didn’t think so. Toward the end of his life, he politely declined the magnificent tomb his people had built for him. He departed alone to carve his own tomb, hidden in the depths, where the steady strikes of his tools drew the attention of one of the Darklands’ mightiest predators: a crimson worm. The two clashed for days before Taargick narrowly prevailed. To his surprise, the beast spoke, praising the king’s strength and skill. Taargick, realizing he had subdued an intelligent creature and not a mindless worm, remembered the countless orcs, xulgaths, and other creatures devastated by the Quest for Sky, and cast aside his weapons and shattered armor, refusing to end another Darklands life. Taargick and the cave worm spoke at length as he finished his tomb, developing a deep respect for each other.

The Avernal Worm crashes through the city of the umbral gnomes

Illustration by Luis Salas Lastra


At last, with the tomb ready, Taargick knew death was near. The crimson worm Zogototaru—better known in the region as the Avernal Worm—granted Taargick’s last wish: that she delivers his clan dagger to Highhelm, so it might rest among his people.

Fullbody art of Krohan Veldollow

Illustration by Mylene Bertrand


But after the bold, if ill-suited, adventurer Krohan Veldollow stole the dagger and lost it, the city of Highhelm now lacks one of its greatest treasures: an artifact that points the way to an even greater secret that lies deep beneath the earth.

Sky King’s Tomb is a three part adventure path for levels 1-11. For GM’s looking to expand their knowledge of Highhelm and dwarven culture for this adventure, Lost Omens Highhelm takes you deep into the city and its customs.

Will your adventurers be the ones to find the secrets and save the city? Or will the dagger fall into sinister hands?

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Stealing a priceless artifact and losing it in a cave is, regrettably, so relatable... /pos


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Rue Dickey wrote:
Stealing a priceless artifact and losing it in a cave is, regrettably, so relatable... /pos

For real, who hasn't done that at least once in their life?


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Rue Dickey wrote:
Stealing a priceless artifact and losing it in a cave is, regrettably, so relatable... /pos

Barbarian thought: Crap! We had an Artifact?!?!?


Taargick sounds like he may have possessed Mythic level power.


Are those svirfneblin or are they the-new-name-for-duergar ?

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Marcus Ewert wrote:
Are those svirfneblin or are they the-new-name-for-duergar ?

Look like Svirfneblin to me, rather than Hryngar (far easier to remember than the underground gnomes' name IMO).

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Marcus Ewert wrote:
Are those svirfneblin or are they the-new-name-for-duergar ?

Those are drathnelar/deep gnomes.

Hryngar = replacements for duergar.

Drathnelar = replacements for svirfneblin.

At least as far as I can tell so far.

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Wait, if Tar is a dwarven honorific, then does that mean Tar-Baphon is a dwarf?

The truth is down there!

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Charlie Brooks wrote:
Marcus Ewert wrote:
Are those svirfneblin or are they the-new-name-for-duergar ?

Those are drathnelar/deep gnomes.

Hryngar = replacements for duergar.

Drathnelar = replacements for svirfneblin.

At least as far as I can tell so far.

I had forgotten that svirfneblins too had been renamed.

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Belabras wrote:

Wait, if Tar is a dwarven honorific, then does that mean Tar-Baphon is a dwarf?

The truth is down there!

He took Adopted Ancestry : Dwarf. For the Unburdened Iron feat most likely.


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Man, literally 'how the worm turns' out to be apparently awesome.

It'd be neat if it wasn't a Conqueror Worm, but just, like, this Worm, you know, hangin' out, doin' worm things and *bam* "Who the frak is dinging the clingcling on MY cave system?"


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Wei Ji the Learner wrote:


Man, literally 'how the worm turns' out to be apparently awesome.

It'd be neat if it wasn't a Conqueror Worm, but just, like, this Worm, you know, hangin' out, doin' worm things and *bam* "Who the frak is dinging the clingcling on MY cave system?"

She's not a conqueror worm, she's a cave worm - there's an article about them in SKT 2.


Charlie Brooks wrote:
Marcus Ewert wrote:
Are those svirfneblin or are they the-new-name-for-duergar ?

Those are drathnelar/deep gnomes.

Hryngar = replacements for duergar.

Drathnelar = replacements for svirfneblin.

At least as far as I can tell so far.

Thanks, pal!

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