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Secrets of the Glaur Barrens
By Bruce R. Cordell

Gontal and Dusk Ports sages, as well as guides who make knowing things their business, are aware of various facts concerning the Glaur Barrens. They've also heard tell of or perhaps even seen glimpses of odd, golemlike creatures called anaxims. Even the wisest of these realizes their knowledge of Nehushta and its ruined fortress only scratches the surface. For instance, only a handful of them have heard the barest intimation of the Dominions of Nehu.

The Glaur Barrens in Gontal is a dangerous area of unmoored earthmotes, rusted iron, changelands, and ruins of a devastated 100-mile-wide Dawn Titan fortress. All that remains of this primordial bastion are scattered metallic ruins, dead pools, and craggy fissures. Some of the fissures open onto tunnels that plunge deep into the earth -- remnant passages of the destroyed Dawn Titan fortress. The deeper one descends, the more likely one is to unearth a lump of melted gold or platinum. On the other hand, in the depths you are also likely to find golemlike constructs possessed of a murderous pseudolife.

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    About the Author

    Bruce Cordell is a D&D designer, but during his twelve years in the game industry, he has dabbled in miniatures, board games, collectible card games, d20 games, and more. Bruce has over sixty listed credits to his name, including the Expanded Psionics Handbook, Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead, and the new Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. His body of work also includes five published Forgotten Realms novels (including Darkvision, Stardeep, and Plague of Spells), with more on the way.