The Hope of Erethor
Stone Deep - Domhain
Rumoured to be a stronghold of the Alethar progenitors of the dwarven race, its location has been lost since the Last Age. In one of the back valleys of the Arunath Mountains, a crumbling fortress set into the cliff face is a likely contender for Stone Deep. Huge, pitted statues more than a hundred feet high flank a brooding threshold that comes to their knees. Their forms are badly worn and pitted by millenia of wind and rain, and it is no longer possible to distinguish the exquisite detail depicted in an ancient, dwarven tome. Those pictures illustrated armored warriors that were clearly not human or elven, but neither were they dwarven. However, the armour and weapons they carry is of a design similar to that used by the dwarves in the First Age.
Danisil Wildlanders who sometimes journey through the mountains to reach their brethren in Druid’s Swamp note that the valley leading to the moldering fortress is strangely quiet and empty of life. Those who have slept at its entrance say their dreams were troubled and they left feeling unrested and fearful of what lay at the far side of the canyon beyond the worn sentinels and the black hole of Domhain’s gate.
Only recently have those sleeping by the gate reported other dreams, of voices crying out for help, and of divine visions, of beautiful faces in anguish calling out for aid from above.