Welcome to the Loremaster’s Archive. The scrolls and books line the walls, some of them dusty, some of them glowing mysteriously, some of them containing the deepest of Valia’s secrets. Every week we bring you new tales and legends of Valia, carefully curated by the Loremaster’s assistant.
Part 2. Location: Elven Ruins
Today, we look closer at the place where many heroes’ stories began, the Elven Ruins.
The marble ruins to the East are older than the capital city, older even than the small trade settlement that became the capital city. Those elves who haven’t travelled to the western shores say that the marble halls used to be a temple, but their names are nothing more than whispers now, carried by the wind in the ruined sanctuary.
Ever since the Shadow’s power grew and its minions encroached on Valia, the ruins have been plagued by spiders, spitting venom and fire, returning in droves every time they are wiped out. Even an occasional garganthula makes its lair in the ruins. The Shadow has many foul minions, so why do the ruins only attract the eight-legged kind?
Some of the Archive’s scholars speculate that the spiders the Shadow is using have once been the creation of the Spider Queen, and have been imbued with her hatred for the elven kind. Perhaps they flock into the ruins in search of the old enemy, angered by the lack of prey.
Whatever the reason, they make for a good target practice for some of the less experienced mercenaries and heroes gathering around the city, and an occasional easy source of income for the more seasoned ones.