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Jormurdun

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Jormurdun
(City)
Titles Sky Citadel
Nation Worldwound
Region Frostmire
Demographics Duergar, chokers
Government Overlord
Alignment Chaotic evil
Ruler Yealek-Vor

Source: The Worldwound, pg(s). 8f.

Jormurdun is one of the ten ancient Sky Citadels built by the newly-emergent dwarves at the end of their Quest for Sky. It is located in the Wolfcrags, a largely uninhabited range of hills in the northwest of the Worldwound's Frostmire region. Like other Sky Citadels, Jormurdun is located almost entirely underground. Roughly two-thirds of its subterranean chambers are filled with still-functioning dwarven traps laid there by its departing inhabitants thousands of years ago, while the rest is the domain of a clan of duergar who have recently been converted from their ancestral worship of Droskar to that of the demon lord Shivaska by her chosen, the kalavakus demon Yealek-Vor.[1]

The Pathfinder Society took a personal interest in Jormurdun, successfully locating and securing the entrance in 4714 AR. Expeditions later recover King Gutheran's piece of the Sky Key that same year.[2][3]

History

Around 1600 AR, duergar attacked the citadel and conquered it. The dwarves who survived the attack fled, while the last king of the Sky Citadel, Gutheran, broke the Sky Key into five pieces, keeping one piece for himself and handing a piece to each of his heirs, and hoped that one day the Key would reassemble and the dwarves would return to Jormurdun.[4]

Layout

As has already been stated, almost all of Jormurdun is located underground. The only visible outbuilding on the surface is a single three-story tower that sits on the edge of a cliff several hundred feet in height. The tower and the mountainside it sits upon look innocuous, except when the light of the sun combines with the Worldwound's unusual weather and reveal ancient, eroded carvings of dwarven faces carved into the cliffside. Many hard to distinguish windows dot the eastern face of the mountain as well, either cleverly hidden in the rock's natural formations, or else sealed by stone shutters from the inside. These windows once led in the morning light, but have been closed for thousands of years.[1]

Interior Chambers

Approximately two-thirds of the below-ground chambers and halls of Jormurdun are filled with ancient dwarven traps or guardians, or are now the lair of denizens of the Darklands who have traveled up to the Sky Citadel from below. The rest have fallen under the control of a band of grey dwarves who worship the demon lord Shivaska.[1]

Inhabitants

Besides the Darklands creatures who have made their home in Jormurdun, the halls of the Sky Citadel are inhabited by a clan of duergar. They are led by a kalavakus demon named Yealek-Vor, a devotee of the demon lord Shivaska who discovered Jormurdun in 4689 AR.[5] Although they once were loyal followers of Droskar, Yealek-Vor has converted most of them to the worship of his demonic patron. The grey dwarves scour the halls for ancient dwarven artifacts, hoping to use them to further their demonic patron's stature within the Worldwound.[1]

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