Heroes of Hillsfar
Bell in the Deep
The Bell In the Deep: One of most mysterious sites in the Moonsea area, the Bell in the Deep is part of the ruins of Northkeep. The upper reaches of Northkeep – its slender, now broken spires – remain visible to passing boats. The area is said to be haunted, as the original defenders of Northkeep watch over the Cold Lands. On fog-ridden nights, the bells of the tallest towers, now submerged, can be heard as far away as Hillsfar.
Northkeep, an island kingdom that was the first human citadel on the Moonsea. Northkeep was a great and magical city, and it was while under the protection of those magics that humanity began to press back the orc hordes and take command of the sea. The power of Northkeep made it an obvious target for orcs, giants, and other evil races. However, these creatures were not inclined toward sea action, until the day (according to legend) 40,000 inhuman mages, shamans, witch doctors, and priests of all foul races gathered on the northern shore of the Moonsea, and began to chant, bringing the vengeance of their gods down upon the human interlopers. Their gods (at least some of them) came and destroyed their priests for disturbing them, but they also sank Northkeep beneath the waves. The upper reaches of Northkeep —its slender, now-broken spires— could be seen beneath the water by boats that sailed near by. This was not attempted often, as the region was said to be haunted by the original defenders of Northkeep, seeking company in their watch over the Cold Lands. On foggy nights the bell could be heard as far away as Hillsfar.
Other histories say that Northkeep appeared safe on its island, but in 400 DR (Year of the Blue Shield), a huge force mounted on dragonback, commanded by the black dragon Iyrauroth, swept over the city while ships landed an army that overran and sacked the city. To make their victory complete, a force of nonhuman mages and clerics (forty thousand strong, some said) gathered on the north shore of the Moonsea and brought the vengeance of Gruumsh down upon the human interlopers. The city sank beneath the purple waves.