Heroes of Hillsfar
About a half-day’s travel from Hillsfar was a hundred-foot deep sinkhole caused by the Heroes of Hillsfar using an earth elemental to escape from the Underdark (see Side Trek – The Library of Gravenhollow – Part 4 ). Called the Waydown by some, and Cundall’s Hole by others (at first mainly Cundall but now it has become the accepted name for the hole), this sinkhole raised alarm among surface dwellers after demons, drow and other horrors began creeping up from its subterranean depths. To allay fears of inhuman invasion, the First Lord of Hillsfar Torin Nomerthal first ordered a wall, and then – when the wall proved inadequate – ordered a Garrison built around the Waydown to secure it.
The wooden garrison was commanded by a corrupt Red Plume commandant named Magarl Helck. Commandant Helck was known to trade with Underdark races, although – not least due to the demonic madness – this can be a dangerous task for those actually doing the trading. Commandant Helck was known to be working with the Zhentarim, selling supplies and weapons to various races including duergar, svifneblin, kuo-toa, as well as the drow rebellion who were hopefull of reclaiming Szith Morcane from the demon blooded fire giants.