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The Lost Mines of KarakD&D Insider Article
The Scales of War Adventure Path: part 4
by Greg A. Vaughan with James Larrison

The next installment in the Scales of War Adventure Path is here! As Overlook prepares for war, a long-lost mine has been discovered, ready to supply the city with the resources it needs to prepare its defenses. It's up to the PCs to find a route to the mine and secure it for the powerful Ironfell clan.

The city of Overlook stands at the base of the Stonehome Mountains at the farthest western reaches of Elsir Vale. This age-old redoubt was the center of the ancient dwarf kingdom that once dominated the vale but which faded into obscurity generations ago.

Though little is remembered of this lost kingdom, its folk ventured far and wide in their day. One dwarf clan -- the Ironfell -- made forays in search of mineral wealth in the deserts beyond the Thornwaste to the southwest of Elsir Vale. There, they established a mine they called the Karak Lode, after the first dwarf of Clan Ironfell to fall in its defense.

Over long years, Karak became a legendary source of wealth as its folk pulled rich deposits of gold, silver, and other precious metals from beneath the desert sands. A supply depot was established at the desert's edge to service the caravans traveling between the mine and Elsir Vale, but the location of the Karak Lode was kept a closely guarded secret. Only oath-sworn members of Clan Ironfell ever made the final leg of the journey across the sands.

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    About the Author

    Greg is a lifelong gamer who has been writing adventures for the past half-dozen years. He received his first ENnie award this year, leaving only the Heisman Trophy and Nobel Prize on his list of lifetime goals. He considers himself to be well ahead of schedule.