Wrath of the Ursa
|Name||Deep City||Location||Mount Forge, The Atlas Range|
No one knows exactly who carved Deep City out of Mount Forge. Some speculate that it was a band of Dragon folk who once inhabited the Atlas range. Others say that Trogvar himself hollowed out the mountain and carved its great rings (at that time there were four). What is known is that around 700 BRAP Dwarf colonies settled the area and began carving buildings and roads out of the mountain. The abundant natural resources and the efforts of the town’s governing Dwarven Council united the Dwarves in the area to settle inside the great mountain.
Around 530 BRAP the Gnomes were exiled from the Cloud Empire after unleashing a deadly toxin in one of their eccentric experiments. The Dwarves allowed the exiled gnomes residence inside the city in exchange for the use of their war machines against the marauding Cave Goblin tribes of the nearby mountains. For many years the gnomes were treated as second class citizens until Zephyr Sprocket, the Gnome rights activist, forced legislation through the Dwarven Council to give Gnomes equality.
The Great Plague of 500 BRAP wiped out most of the Deep City’s population. The city began to face an economic crisis. It could no longer support the vast military efforts it took to defend the city from the Goblin tribes, or the workforce it took to operate the massive mining industry that it had developed. To remedy this problem the Dwarven Council purchased massive quantities of Orc slaves that the kingdom of Ziggurat was importing from the Farlands. The enslavement worked well for six months or so, but soon the Orcs became uneasy with fighting and working in the enclosed spaces of the mountain. The council, desperate to save the city’s economy, used magic to hypnotize the Orcs into working. Under the Dwarves control the Orcs began carving out massive mine shafts that stretched to the far reaches of the Ziggurat kingdom. The shafts, which collectively were known as the Long Mine, took the lives of many Orcs in their construction. In 316 BRAP the Orcs revolted against Deep City, aligning with the Cave Goblins to create a sizable army.
The invasion was thwarted by the City’s natural defenses and Gnomish war machines. The Orcs and Goblins divided and scattered forming small tribes peppered throughout the range. After the war, Gnomes were in an uproar, because their people were dying in wars for a government which they had no representation in. In the aftermath of the war, the Dwarven Council allowed Gnomes seats along with the Dwarves, changing their name to the Deep Council.
Deep City went through a period of calm for 400 years when they rebuilt their economy. In 120 ARAP Deep City joined the Ziggurat Empire under the condition that they make amends to the Orcs. The City allowed the Orcs to rejoin the city as citizens instead of slaves, and banned the use of magic inside the city to ensure that magical enslavement would never again occur. Despite frequent attempts, Orcs were not granted seats on the Deep Council until hundreds of years later.
In 250 ARAP, when the Cloud War began, Deep City left the Ziggurat Empire to avoid invasion from their neighbors to the north and to allow them to sell arms to both nations. Despite the city’s neutrality, the area was still a place of much conflict due to its border location. The Deep Council was reluctant to create an army for the sake of defense so they allowed several of the larger Goblin tribes to take shelter inside of the City in exchange for the use of their soldiers to defend the city. This act enraged many Dwarves, because of the ancient feud that had taken place between Deep City and the Cave Goblins since the city was founded. The Deep Council tried to end hostilities by differentiating the ‘Savage’ Goblins of the Caves from the ‘Civilized’ Goblins of the city. After the war, (despite many protests from Dwarves and Orcs) Goblins were allowed seats on the Deep Council.
The gruesome conclusion of the war in 256 ARAP had a great impact on the citizens of Deep City. Many Ziggurat troops offered tithing before battle, which drew the Gods’ attention to the war. They examined both nations, and quickly became disgusted with the people of the Cloud Empire. The nation’s atheistic attitude and twisted experiments greatly angered the powers above. Their attempts to achieve immortality through their technology infuriated them particularly as it treaded upon many ancient taboos. It was the demon god Aser who finally took action against the empire. He conjured up a powerful spell, later known as Grave Winter that turned the empire into tundra and sent its people into a frozen coma, lingering between life and death. It is said that Aser himself remarked ‘The heretics of the Cloud Empire looked toward their creations for eternal life, but it was their creators who finally brought it upon them’. The citizens of Deep City witnessed Grave Winter first hand. Since that day, the religious fervor of Deep City rivals that of any Ziggurat Church.
In recent years the City has prospered due to its bursting economy and stable government. The Ziggurathurian Empire attempted to launch a coup in the city by tricking its Emperor into installing a group of mechanical beings known as the Inevitable Legion. Thanks to the help of the Mercenary’s guild the Legion was thwarted, and the city broke its ties with the empire of Ziggurathura. One of the heroes of the battle, Hrothgar, was granted a seat on the Deep Council, finally giving the Orcs in the city representation.