the Old Tower, where the water lies dark and stagnant, all manner
of the Created lurk. These natural flooded caverns were worked and
fashioned into great experimental pools by the mage, using the powers
of the creatures he had created and others he had summoned up.
But that was
a long time ago. The great bars and brazen valves that served to
contain his bizarre creations have long since corroded and buckled,
allowing these dark denizens to roam free.
A great Dark
Tree has sent roots down into the caverns, its foliage covering
the great grill that once blocked the entrance to these pools. Anyone
foolish enough to venture down here is likely to be hunted by the
lithe, writhing roots and sapling branches that proliferate in these
somewhat magical waters.
The Dark Tree
shares its home with other fell beasts, strange turtles with stoney
shells and the powers of regeneration, fish that breathe air and
can crawl on land, snake like things with powerful limbs grafted
onto their scaled bodies that slip through the shadowy waters and
attack with lightning speed.
A second deeper
pool held a terrible creature in its murk, dark and dangerous. It
now hunts the pools and backwaters around this isolated hold, but
still returns and lairs in the safety of the cavernous pools here.
What it is, no-one knows and those unfortunate to have disturbed
it have not lived to describe it.
The wooden walkways
that allowed access to store rooms and stairs are now badly rotten
and very dangerous. However, the Mages store rooms hold treasures
worth risking life and limb for. Magical aparatus, exotic spell
components and unique books detailing his terrible experiments with
aquatic life would command a great price on the secret markets of
the spellweavers and magisters of this land.