|Ruler||Prince Gorm Greathammer|
Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 140
- This article covers the settlement. For the dwarven leader of the same name, see Kraggodan (dwarf).
Kraggodan is one of the famous Sky Citadels, strongholds built at the beginning of the Age of Darkness when the dwarves first emerged on Golarion's surface at the culmination of their Quest for Sky. Because of this, the city still has many entrances to the Darklands.
It takes its name from a dwarven leader whose clan surfaced in -4944 AR. This ascent was accelerated by Kraggodan's discovery of the Onyx Key, a xiomorn artifact capable of rapid extradimensional travel. Kraggodan used the artifact to lead his clan to the surface, although he died defending his people from orc hordes.
The citadel's dwarves began to experiment with the Onyx Key in hopes of understanding its powerful magic, but instead opened a path to the Vault of the Onyx Citadel, allowing all manner of outsiders to flood through and devastate their population. Wary of a similar tragic mistake, they sealed the artifact in a sacred vault dedicated to their people's history, safely locked away from curious hands.
History records few of the settlement's other achievements until the 38th century AR, when its stout warriors took part in the Shining Crusade against the Whispering Tyrant, at a toll of much of its population.
After the Rending in 3981 AR, Kraggodan's dwarves formed ties to the fey court of Accressiel in the Fangwood, through its glaistig queen Gendowyn. However, the next century saw the unleashing of the Darkblight in the forest, which toppled Gendowyn and threatened Kraggodan. Its dwarves formed a barrier of stone monoliths in 4088 AR to stop the Darkblight's spread.
Despite its location within Nirmathas, Kraggodan has remained neutral in that country's war with Molthune until 4715 AR when the city uncovered evidence that Molthuni spies had entered the city's vaults . They welcome members of the Pathfinder Society to the city as its third prince, Gorm Greathammer, is also a Pathfinder. However, the hobgoblin warlord Azaersi recently stole the Onyx Key, an event that precipitated the Ironfang Invasion against Molthune.
The settlement has been a major trading partner of the Nirmathi mining town of Skelt, but it is not yet clear how the recent opening of Bloodsworn Vale, which has given Skelt a new trade route into Varisia, will affect Kraggodan. It also opened quiet negotiations with the Molthuni city of Korholm, whose military academy hopes to secure dwarven weapons and armor.
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