The Legs of Lolth
Mekelthenâk is the largest and most powerful city-state on the southern continent. Built around an enormous natural harbor cut into the cliffs of the continent’s north coast, the city is ideally situated for conducting trade across the south.
In 5075, the duergar and orcs allied to lay siege to the city, effectively cutting off all land trade for nearly 16 years. Duergar siege engines reduced the much of the port infrastructure to rubble, limiting the city’s trade to what could be shipped in on shallow-drafted boats. Because several of Mekelthenâk’s tributary states took the opportunity to assert their sovereignty, the Great Council was forced to split its attention and resources between maintaining its empire in the face of regional uprisings, and the siege of the city itself. The siege was finally lifted in 5091 by a Blakavar fleet, drawn to the fight with promises of trade concessions.