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of the Bell in the Depths
of the great and mysterious sites in the Moonsea area, the Bell in the
Depths, is connected with legendary Northkeep, an island kingdom that
was the first great citadel of humankind in these cold lands. Northkeep
was of great and magical city, and it was under the protection of these
magics that humanity first began to press back the orc hordes and take
command or the sea.
power of Northkeep made it an obvious target for orcs, giants, and other
evil races, however these creatures were not inclined towards sea actions,
and Northkeep seemed safe until the day when (according to legend) 40,000
inhuman mages, shamans, witch doctors, and priests of all foul races gathered
on the northern shore of the Moonsea and began to chant, bringing the
vengeance of their gods down upon the human interlopers.
The gods (at least some of them) came and destroyed their priests for
disturbing them, but also sank Northkeep beneath the waves. The upper
reaches of Northkeep - its slender, now-broken spires - can be seen beneath
the water by boats that sail nearby. This is not attempted often, however,
as the region is said to be haunted by the original defenders of Northkeep,
seeking company in their watch over the Cold Lands. On fog-ridden nights
the bells of the tallest towers, despite being submerged, can be heard
as far away as Hillsfar.