THE FANGHENGE RUINS

DESCRIPTION - LOCATION - PEOPLE - MYTH/LORE

The spired ruins known as Fanghenge, located along the east coast of the province of Manthria near the port city of Marduran, hold a fascinating, if horrific, history. According to the stories surrounding the place, Fanghenge is made from the teeth of a demon who died in battle with another great demon named Gaurgoroth. The site certainly appears to be a collection of six massive fangs, each three peds tall, protruding from the ground in a last defiant scream of death. The great battle between the demons is told in the popular myth "The Rise and Fall of the Wizard Clendor". In addition, Fanghenge is said to be haunted by the so-called apparitions known as the watchers. These phantasms are described as ghostly shadows who appear in the darkest of nights. The local folk of Marduran know well to stay away from the area for it is said that Fanghenge is cursed by the spiritual vestiges of the demon that died there.

Description. According to legend, Fanghenge stands as a monument to an unholy battle between two titanic forces of evil. As such, the area is not a place the locals would call tranquil and quiet. The ground whereupon the “fangs” protrude is a bleak, grey landscape covered in stones and boulders of various sizes. It stands atop a small hill overlooking the White Fish Cove. For a distance of perhaps eight to nine peds around the area, nothing green grows. The ground is but fetid earth devoid of any kind of fauna. It is as if the demon remains below the earth had poisoned the soil for all eternity.

Each of the six fang spires are approximately three peds tall and one and a half peds wide at each base. The fangs are a dull white colour with scratch marks over the surface. Local stories say that the marks indicate evidence of chewing when the demon was alive to actually eat prey. Over the years, the fangs have born evidence of other man-made markings. Scholars of ancient history have theorized that possibly the scratches are of an extinct language not used since the War of the Chosen. Other stories say the scratches were made by strange cultists such as the True Vision Cult who revere the site as a place of worship. Each scratch mark appears to have been made at different times, with some quite faded while others appear fresh, as if made recently.

There are other indications of strange activity upon the fangs, including the dark, faded splotches of red visible on each spires' surfaces. Again, local legend paints a rather horrific origin of these red splotches as human and animal blood. One persistent claim is that Fanghenge is revered by dark cultists who perform sacrifices to the dead demon in depraved rituals. The True Vision Cult takes the brunt of the blame for these unholy performances, though no proof has ever been found that points to them. There is no doubt among scholars that Fanghenge's history and reputation has attracted many unsavory people to the area. Worshipers of Coór, for example, are known to exist all over Sarvonia and especially thrived during the Third Sarvonian War. Quite possibly, sages say, Fanghenge was used as a place to conduct worship to the Lord of Darkness himself in ages past.

In the center of the circle of fangs is a bare ground. It is said that once ever few years, when the moon’s light casts its baleful eye upon the circle, a hole opens up to reveal the remains of the demon’s skull below ground. The story has spurned many a treasure hunter and eager demonologist scholar to the site to witness such a gruesome sight. However, no one has ever documented such a hole appearing. Interestingly, attempts have been made by explorers who have tried to physically dig into the ground in and around the fangs. Their efforts have been futile. The ground is extremely hard and has withstood all attempts to penetrate it. Despite this, some say there are areas of weakness on the surface of the ground. An old Rat Brownie myth (described below) says that these are possibly Shadow Brownie tunnels dug under the fangs.

Many of those brave enough to visit Fanghenge at night have told tales that a strange fog wafts up from the ground to envelope the fangs in a hungry embrace. There have been few attempts to study this fog as most of the locals believe it to be a malicious curse that bestows illness upon visitors. Still, other researchers, such as the infamous gnomish scholar Waudrin Ghortz, have said that the fog is simply a naturally occurring phenomena based upon the weather conditions and the proximity to the coast. Ghortz and his allies also seek to explain the myths surrounding the site by claiming that the fangs were built ages ago by simple nature worshipers. The stone from which the fangs are crafted, Ghortz says, is simply granite posts carved by expert artisans. As for the barren ground, it also is nothing special, Ghortz claims. According to him, it is just a patch of earth not conducive to growth.

The entire area of Fanghenge is said to be alive with a subtle yet palpable evil. The malevolent atmosphere seems to deter any natural growth of plant life. The nearest tree grows about half a day's journey to the west of Fanghenge. Also, the local people have long known that the surrounding area of Fanghenge is devoid of any animal life. Local hunters know that no game can be found around Fanghenge. Not even birds fly over it, hunters say. It is as if Fanghenge pushes away life and growth and not even the sunlight can bestow any kind of life upon the area. Return to the top


Location. Fanghenge is located on the eastern coast of the Santharian province of Manthria, between the Mithral Mountains and the coast. It lies just a day’s journey west of the White Fish Cove and two days journey to Clendor Tower to the northeast. The port city of Marduran is a three day journey from Fanghenge. Return to the top

People. There are three groups of people one finds around the Fanghenge Ruins: The Marduran Locals, the True Vision Cult and the Shadow Rat Brownies:

Myth/Lore. Fanghenge is a place that holds many a tale:

 Date of last edit 26th Molten Ice 1670 a.S.

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