Artifacts of Life
Long ago, a small but mighty humanoid kingdom existed in what is now the local wilderness. Bugbear and ogre warriors fought brutal wars of expansion, earning great fame and amassing considerable fortunes from their predations. Those who died in battle were buried in large tomb complexes dug into hillsides and honored as patrons of the living. Among these tombs was the large tor known as Hightower. Though it was neither the largest nor the most famous of the kingdom’s tombs, Hightower did represent a typical example of this kind of structure.
As happens to all such nations, the cruel humanoid kingdom eventually fell to a more powerful foe that razed all its cities and outlying fortifications. Of the tombs, only Hightower escaped destruction—largely because it was an unimportant monument in a remote location.
A few tribes of humanoids that survived the devastation tried to use it as a fortress, but the humans with whom they clashed defeated them soundly and sealed the entrance with a huge, round stone to ensure that the tor could no longer be used as a base. Since then, Hightower has served as a landmark for travelers in the know, but it has otherwise been largely for-gotten. An enterprising group of tomb robbers once dug an access shaft from the top of the tor down into the tombs, but its members did not leave Hightower alive, and only small rodents and vermin have used the shaft since.
It has appeared that Hobgoblins now want to use the tor as a base of operations for raiding the country side. Their camp has been burned down, and they have suffered heavy casualties, but it is unknown what the Hobgoblins are planning now.