The fortress-monastery of Tala is located in central Mendev, north of the Estrovian Forest, and almost directly due west of the city of Kenabres. Run by a cloistered order of monks from numerous faiths named the Brotherhood of Tala, it was founded in 4702 AR as a place where the various churches could conduct research on how best to combat the demonic forces of the Worldwound.
The monastery is built on a small hill and surrounded by stands of pine and spruce trees. Its walls barely peek out from behind the trees and are made of a sand-colored stone. Inside the walls, the compound is divided into three cloisters, in addition to a chapel. The first two cloisters are built in the styles of the First and Second Mendevian Crusades respectively, while the third looks like a simple cube several storeys in height. The gate with double-portcullises is always guarded by warriors faithful to Iomedae.
Betrayal of Tala
Tala was the site of a terrible conspiracy orchestrated by the demon Isilda, who was impersonating a powerful abbess from Kenabres. Under her instruction, the Brotherhood of Tala reformed a powerful wardstone into a magical relic they named the Orb of Tala in 4707 AR. The construction of the Orb was a lengthy process that required many rituals and lasted an entire decade. Believing the Orb to be a powerful weapon with which to slay demons, the Brotherhood held a tournament in 4709 AR to choose which crusaders would carry it westward to fight the enemy. The three dozen that were selected crossed into the Worldwound with the abbess, but were instantly slaughtered by a horde of demons. The abbess, having revealed her true form at the beginning of the massacre, took the Orb from the dying crusaders and planted it into the ground where she watered it with the blood of the fallen; it would eventually grow into the tower of Yath.
Until the Brotherhood was betrayed by Isilda, they manufactured a salve called the Xanthou Pendant or the Salve of Tala that protected one against demonic influences. They have since stopped making it and often even refuse to open the gates when someone approaches the monastery.
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