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Karak Eight Peaks – Git Villages

October 25, 2010 1 comment

The most visible scar on Karak Eight Peaks is on the surface of the mountains. What took centuries of stonemasons to carve, the greenskins defaced in a matter of days. Monumental statues of bygone kings were toppled and in their place crude effigies to the dual gods of the greenskins, Gork and Mork, rose. Clinging to the sides of the mountains creaking ramps and staircases scale the mountainsides creaking with the slightest wind giving indication of shoddy craftsmanship and stressed joints. Intricate stone edifices, balconies, and plazas were defaced and in the shadows of the once-glorious works of the dwarves arose hundreds upon hundreds of crude dwellings. Attached to every scrap of rock was a greenskin hut, perhaps some towers and alters, and connecting all these rickety platforms were equally rickety bridges. The whole area surrounding Karak Eight Peaks was deforested as the dwellings sprang up like mushrooms. Dozens of villages lay claim to different portions of the mountains, ever vying for greater control of a particular mountain.
What was once the grand wall of Karak Eight Peaks connecting eight grand towers on the peaks of the mountains is now but a reminder of a bygone past. To the greenskins whose simple mentality states that sheer strength in numbers will overwhelm any force, with the exception of a fortified position, the fortifications of Karak Eight Peaks are nothing but relics of the dwarves and destroying them would prevent the dwarves from ever establishing a foothold in these lands again. Instead of maintaining and fortifying the walls, the greenskins officially let the walls decay; the goblins were encouraged to take stones from the walls to build their crude dwellings. The towers fell into decay, taken over by petty chiefs and turned into strongholds dominating the villages. The craftsmanship of the dwarves however proved to be the most enduring factor of the grand wall and its bastions. The greenskins were too lazy to pry apart the massive stones of the walls. Instead time and the elements slowly took their toll as certain sections were swept away in mudslides or collapsed under strain and a lack of maintenance; in the place of these missing sections simple crude replacements arose from swinging rope-bridges to piles of logs and rubble.
The only section of Karak Eight Peaks devoid of greenskin shanties are the Wyvern Cliffs, the inward sections of Karag Yar and Karag Mhonar which the Bloody Sun Boyz demanded be left to the massive beasts of prey so they could have winged mounts. Any git foolish enough to wander to this section of the mountains is bound to end up as dinner.

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