The Clutch of Verthandi
The Scoria Mines were one of the most lucrative enterprises of the citizens of the small mining village of Scoria. The mountain in which it was excavated contains a rich vein of silver ore and several pockets of raw, uncut jasper gemstones.
After Scoria was conquered by Tog Bjorn, he relocated most of the citizens and slaves he had into the mines for the dual purpose of converting the mine into his own underground “kingdom,” and exploiting the mines’ riches to fund his military and maintain his alliances with the Hackjaw Tribe and the red dragon Pyrolassus. He made the entrance to the mines extremely defensible and cut channels up into the bottom of a mountain lake known as the Titan’s Goblet to serve as a source of water.