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12.16.3 The Macabre Tunnels
Back in the days of the Orcish wars in 600 AA, while the dwarves were still enslaved and working in the mines to provide metals for the orcish armies, one mine near Kinsarmar in the Eastern Nolmine Mountains collapsed before the end of the war and trapped all within it. Killing off and eating each other, the gnomes and the dwarves, the orcs lived off of each other until only the strongest was left Kedar, the orc captain. Common fungus that grew on the mine shaft walls mutated with the sulfur fumes that swelled up from the bowels of Aetherius and, over time, became carnivorous creatures that fed on any unfortunate being that happened to cross its path. Quite often the skeletal remains of the ancient gnomes are often observed as they were the lowest life form in the food chain of the Macabre Tunnels. When the fell beasts were released from Dis, some found their way into the Eastern Nolmines and fell into the old tunnels, wandering and becoming lost. Their kind's banishment was only to the underworld but they were kept in the dark, ancient mine where they grew and bred to become something unlike even the darkest minds could imagine.