Of Kings and Dragons
The most elaborate mausoleum on Orthost was not originally built to inter the dead. The elaborate edifice is of Thassilonian make, and may have once served as a fortress or prison. Whatever its purpose, the chambers below are extensive and sprawling, extending deep under Orthost for many miles. The site has long captured the imagination and pride of the people of Broken Bay, and was used as a mausoleum for leaders and kings for nearly 600 years following the founding of Bildt. Each time a new noble or king died, a new wing of the understructure was explored, cleared of traps and denizens, and converted into a mausoleum. The practice came to an abrupt end with the burial of King Kernic Quicktongue, when his body became possessed by a demonic spirit released during his interment ritual. Quicktongue slaughtered the entire funeral procession and used their bodies as necromantic puppets—had the demonic spirit wished to extend its influence beyond the building’s walls, the people of Broken Bay would likely have had quite a fight on their hands. Yet for whatever reason, the demonic spirit never pursued its foes into the outer world, either as a result of ancient magics binding it to the structure or simply out of lack of interest. In any event, the people of Broken Bay abandoned the practice of interring their kings here and moved on to the more traditional practice of employing funeral ships for the dead. The doors to Thanesrest Mausoleum remain closed—but periodically, eager and brave adventurers force them open for a chance to seek the strange treasures believed to lie within. The demon inhabiting Kernic’s corpse is said to still rule the depths below, and those who linger too long in the dungeons have a habit of vanishing forever.