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Dongun Hold

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Dongun Hold
Nation Alkenstar
Region Mana Wastes
Size Small town
Population 1,900
Demographics Mainly dwarves

Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 112

The dwarven Sky Citadel of Dongun Hold, located in the Mana Wastes of southeastern Garund, is part of the magic-bereft Grand Duchy of Alkenstar. While the nation as a whole has a primarily human population, Dongun Hold is almost exclusively inhabited by dwarves.


Before the Mana Wastes came into existence, the area around Dongun Hold was renowned for its natural beauty. The pharaohs of Osirion let the dwarves rule their land in peace, as did the petty warlords who succeeded them after Osirion's decline, but this changed with the emergence of the two powerful wizards Nex and Geb.[1]

During the ongoing war between Nex and Geb, control of Dongun Hold changed between both nations. Eventually, the dwarven inhabitants used strange explosives and divine magic to seal off their fortress and prevent it from being taken again, but also laid waste to the region surrounding it. This might have resulted in the first area of dead magic in the area, as the powerful dwarven magics interacted strangely with the arcane powers employed by both Nex and Geb. The dwarves took residence in a deep, magic-dead Darklands vault, where they eventually perfected the invention of firearms. Later, the ruins of the collapsed dwarven structures became a settlement for human scavengers and renegades from both nations.[2][3]

In 4588 AR, Ancil Alkenstar discovered the dwarves and made a bargain with them to provide the refugees with firearms, allowing them to defend themselves from the battles between Geb and Nex. Dongun Hold was thus opened to the outside world.[3][4]


For almost 1,000 years, the dwarves of Dongun Hold have mined the rich mineral deposits of the Shattered Range, providing magnetite, gold, and other ores for trade and use in Alkenstar City's many factories. However, the vast rivers of quartz and other crystals comprise most of the dwarves' wealth, since they export much of it east to Vudra thanks to lucrative trade agreements with Nex.[5] This makes Dongun Hold the region's hub of commerce, as well as a gathering point for explorers on the forefront of technological development.[6]

The Hold is connected to the main city and Cloudreaver Keep via the impressive Bridge of the Gods.[7]


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