Black Fortress

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[edit] Official Background

The Black Fortress is a stronghold west of the River Ruin opposite Flayed Rock, and south of the Sentinels. It is avoided by traders of the Ivory Road when traveling south to the Spice Route. It's the base for the Legion of Azgorh and it's commander is Drazhoath the Ashen[1][2]

[edit] Fan Written Background

The following entries are fan-based and not based on official fluff, thus it is not necessary to cite sources.

Guardian of the south-eastern teaches of the Chaos Dwarf realm, the Black Fortress is a vast, jagged citadel stained black by the Volcanic fires of the rocky plateau on which it sits. Along with the [[Tower of Gorgoth]], it vies for prominence and power as the second most important fortress-citadel of the Chaos Dwarfs beyond their heartland on the Zharrduk Plain.

But while the Tower of Gorgoth exists to stand watch over a slew of deep mines and caverns, the purpose of the Black Fortress is as a purely military outpost, and is headquarters for the Legion of Azgorh. The legion is a mighty standing army which ranges across the desolation of the southern Dark Lands, escorts the far- flung slave caravans through the Howling Wastes and stands as a bulwark against frequent invasions of Ogres, Orcs and worse from the east.

Even among their own kind, the purpose of the Black Fortress are renowned for their brutality and warriors warlike nature, and far removed as it is from Zharr-Naggrund and the favour of the great temple it is often a place of in internal exile for those who have suffered in the savage politics of the empire.

The hellish caverns deepbeneath the Black Fortress are also home to the Infernal Guard – a cult of disgraced warriors enslaved to the master Of the Black Fortress who must redeem themselves in the eyes of Hashut and the Dhrath-Zharr or die in the attempt. For many centuries the lord of the Black Fortress and commander of the Legion has been the Sorcerer-Prophet Drazhoath the Ashen, bitter rival of Lord Astragoth, feared and respected in equal measure by the Chaos Dwarfs bound to his service as a ruthless general and powerful wielder of Hashut's sacred fire.

The Black Fortress lies south of the Daemon's Stump on the banks of the River Ruin. Like Gorgoth to the west, the Black Fortress marks the southern frontier. On the opposite bank of the River Ruin the towering Flayed Rock casts its ominous shadow. With spiralling stairs cut around its sides, the monolith is stained red with the blood of countless thousand sacrifices. Such sacrifices help to sustain the dread the Chaos Dwarfs are so keen to inspire in their enemies, for upon its sides are representatives from every known race.

The Black Fortress has a terrifying reputation that spreads far beyond the Dark Lands. Rising from an extinct volcano the razor sharp obsidian around its base forms an impenetrable natural defence against any that would dare attack. From this bastion the Drazhoath the Ashen surveys the lands to the East, ready to halt any attacks the denizens of those lands may dare. The River Ruin is marginally less polluted here than at any point since it passed through Zharr-Naggrund.

Most of the heavier toxins have already seeped into the ground by this point. South of the Flayed Rock, the River Andun emerges from the east and mingles its clean water with the polluted and sluggish River Ruin. This mixing dilutes the remaining poisons, and the lower River Ruin flows more freely to the sea. The Black Fortress is the smallest of all Chaos Dwarf settlements.

Few, if any, threats to the Chaos Dwarf Empire pass through this way. Other than providing supplies of obsidian and basalt, the mines at Black Fortress are rather marginal. The small amount of wealth they produce is just enough to keep the remote outpost viable and supplied. The surrounding land is so desolate that even the Orcs and Goblins from the nearby Mountains of Mourn shun it.[3]

[edit] Related Articles

The Dark Lands

Drazhoath the Ashen

Legion of Azgorh

Tamurkhan: the Throne of Chaos

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