Bones of Khilgand
Built19 Lunar 1594 HE

Sited in the Vale of Thaena is an ancient fortress called Khilgand.

Khilgand is surrounded by canyons, ravines, broken land, all intertwined by a deep evergreen forest. There are bridges and walkways among these trees, work I'm told was done by the Eärendur in a more desperate time. From its great walls, you can hear the roar of great rapids. In the dead of night, that strange time when even night's creatures give pause, you can hear water flowing deep in the cracks, you can feel the moisture, but lost is its source. Some of the staff joke that the mighty Creationists never got around to finishing this land. Others talk of an ancient prison, a source of power, that Nveryioth chose as the foundations of his great hold. I'm hear to tell you that the mystery has been solved. The water that enters the Vale of Thaena are chains, magically intertwined around an extremely hot being.

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Construction on Khilgand began in 1594 HE. The building was done by those that worshiped Nveryioth as if he were destined for godhood. The Eärendur were assisted by thousands of ogre slaves, descendants of those that had once served under Ogtha. He had the mortar of the place mixed with the powdered remains of a primordial sand worm named Khilgand. Slain long ago by Golruwyrm, Khilgand had become petrified in the Sands of Hell. These bones were trekked overland for nearly 400 miles. Once it reached the Vale of Thaena, with terrain too rugged to risk the precious bones, they were carried on the wing to Khilgand's growing construction site.

Late in the Horgon Era, the forces of Khilgand threatened as far north as Belêth-Kazîr where they were checked by the eldritch giants and their army of mages, golems, and magical creatures. By the beginning of the Second Epoch, Khilgand laid claim to territory as far west as Sareon and always were in some sort of conflict with the minions of Rilthang. Later on in the Second Epoch, Nveryioth was no longer the aggressor with the Orchish Empire proving too big to tackle. The High Command forged a treaty with Nveryioth, providing gold for Khilgand's upkeep along with other expenses. In return, Nveryioth would aid the Orchish Empire in her conflicts.

Khilgand's garrison is comprised of many hobgoblin tribes, nearly 10,000 soldiers. They compete for Nveryioth's approval; leading to fighting between the factions to their lord's delight. Khilgand's defenses also include a skeletal legion which is mainly used to occupy the vastness of the place and deter any who seek to plunder its rumored riches. These rumors are often spread by Nveryioth with the intent of luring adventurers into her lair. The strongholds best, and most reliable soldiers, are the dragon cultists of the Sos Vrii. The history of this dragon cult, nowadays a cell of Vith Alok, and Nveryioth goes way back to when a hobgoblin sorcerer named Kynux approached Nveryioth with a deal, Kynux and her growing retinue would guard Khilgand's great corridors while its master slept. This became a great friendship, a legendary dragon and the land's oldest hobgoblin master sorcerer, leading Khilgand's defense.

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