Vanadar's Tomb is a sight to behold. It appears as a great doorway built into a sheer cliff in the side of a mountain. The mountain has no name, though many called it simply Mount Vanadar. A wide set of stairs rise some 500 meters (about 1700 feet) to the colossal doorway. The doors themselves are fashioned of stone and bronze and ancient wood. The two doors together are over 60 meters tall (200 feet) and nearly 40 meters wide (125 feet). A smaller door, only 3 meters tall, is inset in the right side of the main doors. The main doors and the small door are both locked by metal and spell.
Vanadar's Tomb faces a large rocky canyon of breathtaking beauty. Striations of color adorn the canyon walls all about.
A pair of statues, each 40 meters tall, flank the doors of the tomb. The two statues are carved in the likeness of a soldier and a scholar, supposedly to represent the two sides of Gurkanamal. They both are in repose with their arms crossed over their chest, their eyes closed.
Vanadar's Tomb is located just east of Fyrren's Wandering
Gurkanamal, a great warrior chieftain defeated his enemies and united the eastern Haphite tribes into a kingdom which came to be known as Kingdom of the Han. Gurkanamal then invaded the neighboring Haphite tribes and annexed the province of Esuria. With a firm control of the eastern half of the empire, Gurkanamal declared himself ruler of the Han Empire. The title he claimed was that of "Vanadar" which harkened by to the earliest legends of the Haphite tribes. It's meaning placed him somewhere between an emperor and a god.
The west was ruled by the barbaric Ky'ton tribes. These scattered, warlike tribes fought against the Han Empire and against each other. Gurkanamal sent his eldest son as ambassador to discuss peace with the most powerful of the Ky'ton tribes. A group of 20 young men were sent on a long trek that spanned the continent. However, when they arrived in the court of Ulbroth, chieftain of the Ky'tan, they were betrayed and the emissaries were wiped out. A single slave managed to escape. As the war dragged on, this single slave, a young man named Jaev, managed to cross the continent and return to report to Gurkanamal. When Gurkanamal learned of the betrayal of Ulbroth and the death of his son, he vowed to destroy the Ky'ton. For his bravery and service to the empire, Jaev was made governor of one of the border provinces. Thus began the beginning of the Hundred Year War. Gurkanamal never saw the conclusion of this war, but his sons and grandsons, carried out their patriarch's wishes. The Kalis Province, which Jaev ruled, turned out to be pivotal in the war.
Gurkanamal, the "Vanadar" of the Empire, was laid to rest in an immense tomb at the center of his great empire. This tomb, in a remote mountainous region, became known as Vanadar's Tomb. Such was the hatred between the Ky'Ton Tribes and the Han Empire, that the chieftains of the Ky'Ton tribes swore an oath to raze the tomb and desecrate Gurkanamal's body. To prevent this, the Han Empire built an elaborate maze of traps in the tomb to protect their beloved ruler.
The Han Empire eventually defeated the Ky'Ton tribes and Vanadar's Tomb was never disturbed. Over the centuries the two cultures merged to form the Kytohan Empire. It later was wiped out by the Sundering, the World Storm and worse. Plague eventually destroyed the great empire. Through it all, Vanadar's Tomb has stood resolute and impregnable.
It was not until 1606 CY, that the tomb was finally breached. Kemparon the Wicked, a Sybrenar warlord leading a small army and aided by his wizard Fatholos, successfully broke the spells the bound the doors and opened them. Kemparon and his men found within many chambers. They ransacked the first set of chambers and found stairs leading down to other levels. However, the traps of the first level killed most of his men. Upon attempting to breach the second level, Kemparon himself was slain by a devilishly clever trap along with eight of his men. The rest fled. Fatholos, taking command, abandoned the tomb and led the soldiers away.
Vanadar's Tomb is filled with deadly traps and many would-be treasure seekers have met their fate here. Some time in the last hundred years or so, the doors have been closed. The last group of adventurers to seek out the Tomb found the closed doors barred their way and they came away empty handed. It is not known how the doors resealed themselves or what strange forces may yet be at work in this place.
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