Civilizations ebb and flow like the tide. When an elder race diminishes and fades, thousands upon thousands of years pass before younger races move into the forgotten region. Of the elders whose grand cities crumbled thoursands of yers before, few clues remain, save for the occasional dolmen, standing stone, or henge. Such is the case of Cahervaniel.
The Circle of Cahervaniel, so named by the early Suloise settlers, is a simple ring of crudely carved (or much eroded) standing stones measuring some 20 yeards in diameter. Generations of sheep herders have moved their flocks over the hill and through the circle, sometimes resting in the cool shadows cast by the old stones at midday. Never once has there been any indication that the site was anything more than an innocuous crumbling ruin, just one of many that are so prominent in this part of the world. In all the years that sheep have quiet, at least on the surface…
The subterranean realm encompasses an underworld of vast caverns, winding tunnels, and narrow fissures. Strange creatures live and die beneath the surface, many of whom never once ventrue into daylight during the span of their lifetimes. Some subterranean tunnels wend quite near the surface. One such tunnel opens into a ruined dungeon complex built during an earlier Age. As chance would have it, this complex lies beneath the innocent-seeming Circle of Cahervaniel. Twelve years ago a band of underworld refugees, fleeing dark elves and bounty hunters employed by the drow, happened upon the dusty fissure leading “up” into the logn abandoned dungeon below the Circle. The refugees wereonce slaves of the drow, but dark magic warped their humanoid forms =, and spiderlike characteristics were given to the slaves against their will. Fearing further devolution, a splinter group of these slaves (called “chitines” due to their deformities) escaped, and has successfully remained hidden in the dungeon complex under Cahervaniel to the present time. Unforturnately, the leader of the chitine slaves, Caullum, recently gained access into previously unexplored levels of their sanctuary. In the Lower Zone, Caullum disturbed the Foundingstone. The Foundingstone, in its turn, called flesh from nightmare.