Fortress of Zhamolis (Zham OLeez)
Legend holds that in a high valley cradled between the razorback ridges of the Storm Horn mountains, far to the Northwest, lies the Hidden Realm and in it, Elven Wood and the Fortress of Zhamolis.
Few have seen this place as the peaks are too high for airships to pass over and the Elves have layers of wards in place to block magical transportation. Hence, it may only be accessed on foot from Eveningstar through a tight winding road found to the Northwest, beyond the Cormyrian Outpost by upper Myst River Falls. This area is swarming with Shar worshipping Netherese priests, sellswords and brigands, infiltrators and in the higher climes, Great Saber-Toothed Tressyms, and worse.
To reach the great Cauldura of Shaz, where (crafting material) obsidian shards infused with pyroclastic cloud fury are found, you must navigate across the Boiled Rock Wilderness and between the razor-sharp volcanic rocks, fend off the Horned Slithzards and Stonesnakes, and then descend into a series of deep canyons cut by a millennia of rainfall, that leads back down to the Myst River where it emerges from underground.
Carvings in the stone cliff-face show you where to enter the current, and dive to enter the extensive danger-fraught cavern. Inside ye'll find high and narrow footpaths carved into the cavern wall drip with Ooze and Creeping Moss that threatens to push you off, into raging rapids and deep pools full of Razorfish and Lightning Eels. Wet and slippery rotting rope and plank bridges must be crossed, gaps must be leapt or swung over on roots that pierce the ceiling in search of water for the three hundred foot tall Spiny Pines on the surface and then, a final up-river swim and icy trek under and through the Great Blue Glacier - West.
(as opposed to the GBG North in the previewed tour… grrr gmta – I’ve been working on this story for months.)
Exiting the glacier into the Hidden Realm you come upon a Trading Post where you may rent a drift boat for a thrilling ride down the Lutaan River to the valley floor where it gets wider and slows and winds past many landing spots, through forest glades and idyllic meadows before is empties into Lake Narz and eventually out the other end on its way to the fertile farmland below, home of the agrarian people of the Kingdom of Kern.
Or you may choose to enjoy a meal, rest and relax before hiking down the switchback trail through the Elven Wood. Many prefer to float down and hunt their way up and out on their return trek. The adventurous will hunt both inbound and outbound.
The Fortress itself a refuge and home to the Elven Elders falls under attack nightly and should ye choose to stay beyond nightfall, expect to be drafted into its defense against an onslaught of the combined might of Netheril and Sembia and their un-human allies. Defeating this swarm and following the few survivors will lead you to the secret cave they use to pierce the wards and launch their attacks, and to their kingdoms...
The Trek Journal of Hammursmith, my grandfather, may be found on avenginghorde.guildportal.com with new chapters of his tale being transcribed almost daily.