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Nar-Voth
A troglodyte warrior of Nar-Voth.
(Region)
Nation The Darklands
Capital None
Ruler None
Government Individual city-states
Languages Undercommon, Aklo, Dwarven, Draconic, and Vegepygmy

Source: Into the Darklands, pg(s). 18-29

Nar-Voth (pronounced nar-VOTH)[1] is the uppermost region of the Darklands, loosely defined as descending from the surface of Golarion to a depth of about 2,000 feet. This region consists of countless interconnected cave networks, some of which are linked to one another through lengthy, twisting passages. While the caverns are immense and span great distances, they do not span the length of entire continents. For a cave system to be considered part of Nar-Voth, there must be a passage leading down to Sekamina, where such vast systems can be found.[2] When surface-dwelling races talk about the Darklands, they are generally referring to Nar-Voth, as this is the only section most of them have visited, and the region from which most of the Darklands races seen on the surface originate.[3][4]

History

Quest for Sky

The massive earthquakes that shook the surface of Golarion after Earthfall also caused tremendous upheaval in Nar-Voth. Massive cave systems collapsed, many of them inhabited by orcs and dwarves, two races that had lived there since time immemorial. The dwarves saw these earthquakes as a sign from their god Torag, and initiated a massive migration towards the surface known as the Quest for Sky. Over the course of the centuries, the stout folk continued their war with the orcs, driving the bestial creatures ahead of them until the great majority no longer dwelled in Nar-Voth.[2]

Those left behind

Some of the dwarven brethren chose to stay behind in their great underground cities, refusing to give up their ancestral homelands; the descendants of these dwarves became the duergar over the following millennia. After most of the tribes of orcs and dwarves had abandoned their ancient caverns, many of the surface's wilder inhabitants migrated down to fill them; they included the troglodytes, the vegepygmies, and the dark fey. Some humans did the same, fleeing the devastation on the surface. Exposure to strange substances and pacts with dark powers eventually transformed them into entirely distinct races, including the mongrelmen, morlocks, and the dark folk.[2]

The derro had always existed in Nar-Voth, but also took advantage of the power vacuum left by the absence of the dwarves and orcs, seizing much of the former's territories.[2]

Inhabitants

Many creatures that dwell in Nar-Voth are relatively isolated and tribal, and are generally found in small groups. However, a number of 'civilized' races such as the duergar, mongrelmen, troglodytes, vegepygmies, and derro occupy certain systems in large numbers.[3] These races occasionally ascend to the surface to raid, which is why most of Nar-Voth's larger cities are located beneath or near major surface population centers. Two examples include the duergar city of Fellstrok near the orc capital of Urgir, and the derro enclave of Corgunbier, located beneath the Taldan port of Cassomir.[4] There are also a fair amount of species found both in Nar-Voth and on the surface, such as dwarves, orcs, goblins, and trolls.[5]

Derro

These insane, blue-skinned humanoids usually dwell under major surface cities, and conduct nightly raids into them in search of victims for their bizarre and sadistic experiments.[5]

Duergar

A sub-race of dwarves, twisted by millennia of hardship and toil, the duergar are servants to the evil dwarven deity Droskar. Claiming to have been abandoned by their lesser cousins during the Quest for Sky, they are now among the most ardent slavers in Nar-Voth.[6]

Troglodytes

These reptilian inhabitants of Nar-Voth are among the Darklands' layer most numerous. Due to their love of infighting and lack of social cohesion, they have never presented a large threat to the other local races, and generally work as mercenaries for them.[7]

Vegepygmies

Vegepygmies are plant-like humanoids who were created relatively recently by the sporecrafters of the drow House Udrinor. They quickly outgrew their master's control during a short-lived war known as the Stalking Death, and fled Sekamina for the relatively less-dangerous caverns of Nar-Voth.[8]

Locations

Scattered amongst the great sprawling cave complexes are a number of systems that function as population centers for some of the inhabitants of Nar-Voth. In particular, the duergar occupy a number of abandoned pre-existing dwarven cities.[3][9]

Settlements

Places of interest

References

  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 247. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 James Jacobs and Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Into the Darklands, p. 20–21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-140-4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 204. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Thurston Hillman. (2016). Introduction. Darklands Revisited, p. 3. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-819-9
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  18. Wolfgang Baur, Adam Daigle, Jeff Erwin, and F. Wesley Schneider. (2012). Lost Kingdoms, p. 28. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-415-3