Castle Ironspike
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Huge castle and mile long barrier wall that guards the entrance to the southern foothills of the Hellfire Mountains. Hundred-foot-tall walls and triple steel gates bar any invaders from the Sanjaara Jungle from gaining access to the famed Sky-Valley of Kendar.

Castle Ironspike is the terminus of the Malachite Road, running southwest to the human settlements of Kingfisher Hollow and Caldera.

HISTORY


Castle Ironspike has a long and storied history. When Kendar was founded in the year AR -64 it was a small colony. Soon after, the Kendarum, led by Prince Kendros Rennarë, began expanding thru the Sky-Valley, defeating large tribes of Gnolls and Tasloi in the region. To protect their newfound gains, the southern entrance to the sky-valley had to be protected. Near the end of his life, Lord Kendros ordered construction of a stone wall and gates cross the valley. This first wall was supplanted about a century later with a much taller stone wall, augmented with magic and the powerful resources of Kendar's mother-Kingdom of Ralas. It was completed none too soon. By AR 231, the first Eloysian scouts reached the region, and began probing Kendar's defenses and demanded the surrender of the Kendarum. They promptly refused, incurring Eloysian wrath. That same year, the current Emperor; Mazur the Destroyer; whose reputation for cruelty was legendary, ordered his armies to march against Kendar. For nearly two years the Eloysians legions of human, tasloi, and troglodyte warriors smashed themselves against the stone ramparts of Ironspike, losing over 50,000 dead, before they gave up the fight.

Over the next three centuries, there were five more major attacks on Castle Ironspike's stone and metal battlements. All of these attacks failed and the battlement held.

During the reign of Emperor Damodar, the Fortress was besieged for ten years. The attacks failed.

During the reign of Emperor Al'Dur II, the Fortress was besieged for five years. The attacks failed.

During the reign of Emperor Ra'jir, the Fortress was besieged for three years. The attacks failed, and Emperor Ra'jir was killed in one of the final assaults.

During the reign of Emperor Etros III, the Fortress was besieged for eight years. The attacks failed.

During the reign of Emperor Hamid, the Fortress was besieged for ten years. The attacks failed; then finally in the year AR 435, a treaty was reached between Kendar and the Eloysian Emperor Hamid Kharata. The fortress and wall have endured since as testament to Ralani strength and ingenuity.