The ruins of Ithoden cover several acres and consists of thirty one buildings, a central plaza, a small keep and several cobblestoned roadways. The ruin is mostly overgrown with vegetation.
Ithoden lies east of Vorrik, in the foothills of the Northern Tusks.
In the year 684 CY, in the decadent last years of the Irenni League, the Baron Falodus Kair, ruler of the city of Ithoden, was battling orcish hordes and away from home. While he and his greatest knights were away, the rogue dragon Arggallorex attacked Ithoden city. The baroness and her daughter were caught out in the open and attacked by the dragon in the main courtyard. The daughter was killed and the baroness gravely wounded. Soldiers battled the dragon and dragged the Baroness to safety. Many were killed before the dragon was finally driven off. When message reached the Baron, he raced home. He arrived in time to hold the Baroness one last time as she died in his arms. He buried his two loved ones in the courtyard where they had been attacked.
Mad with grief, he called back his greatest wizards and knights from the war and ordered them to accompany him as they set forth to hunt the beast. The group was led by their greatest warrior, Sukainnar. It took them many days of pursuit to track and finally corner the beast. With spells and arrows and wagon mounted siege weapons, they brought the beast down. Seventeen knights died in the battle, but the beast was slain. The final death stroke was delivered by Sukainarr himself.
The Baron's lust for vengeance was not quenched. He ordered his chief wizard, the Archmage Yodus, to fashion for him a weapon against all dragonkind. From the skin, scales and bones of the dragon's corpse, Yodus created the Dragon Slayer's Helm. The Baron gave the helm to Sukainnar and they began a quest to rid the world of dragons.
The baron's quest was expensive and soon he had emptied the town's coffers. In less than five years, the town of Ithoden was a shadow of its former self. Opposed by starving peasants and unpaid soldiers, the baron was driven from the town. Not long after, Sukainnar was slain while battling the dragon known as Mallath. Baron Kair was never seen again and it was widely believed that, in his madness, he went to retrieve the helm and was also slain by Mallath.
Many believed the town was under a curse brought down by the Baron's madness. Within ten years, the town of Ithoden was completely abandoned.
This ruin has been explored thoroughly over the centuries. Anything of value was taken long ago. It is now left to the weeds.
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