Of Kings and Dragons
Valley of the Birthing Death
Nestled in the Stormspear Foothills, far from traditional Varki hunting grounds, lies a legendary site. Appearing almost as if a massive sword strike had chipped a gash into the side of the mountains, the red walls of this narrow canyon lead many miles into the range, forming a valley of perpetual twilight where the light of the sun rarely reaches to the floor. Those who explore the strange valley often become afflicted by the curse known to the Varki as the Birthing Death—a curse that manifests as accelerated reversed-aging, with those stricken quickly forgetting all of their skills and experiences as they un-age into a second childhood and eventually vanish altogether as if they had never been born. The walls of the Valley of the Birthing Death are decorated with unnaturally elongated humanoid figures from an unknown ancient source, but the cause of the Birthing Death itself is unknown. Those who have attempted to study it in hopes of discovering a way to control the aging process invariably succumb to the Birthing Death themselves, for the knowledge of how to study and understand such complex magical afflictions is invariably among the first to go in a victim’s mind.