Deeping

In the years before the Sundering the Mhulak built mighty Deepings beneath the world to retreat into during the coming cataclysm. Mhulak diviners predicted the coming of the great catastrophe that sunk the Isle of Men, and wiped out most of the An-Heir, changing the shape of the world forever, perhaps a decade before the event itself. Retreating from the seas, they left warnings with their allies, abandoned their massive port-cities, and built the deepings below the earth, retreating into them to live. The Mhulak who refused to hide became the brutal Orgryn, while the other races who did not heed the Mhulak suffered the horrors of the Sundering.

Mhulak Deepings are complex, enormous structures, unlike anything else in the world. Great rifts are opened in the earth, then tunnels at their edges are dug down to causeways that loop down into the impenetrable darkness of the rift, right to the bottom. Along these causeways complexes of towering, beautifully wrought subterranean halls form the homes of the Mhulak. Usually in hidden mountain valleys or deep forests, thanks to the Mhulak's inability to see in the dark, and the unnatural nature of these legendary seafarers dwelling under the ground they depend heavily on the light from the rift above, and on an artificial reservoir built at the very bottom of the rift for light and water. The theory was that the worst effects of the Sundering - the shaking of the earth, and the encroaching of the seas, could be avoided in these underground fastnesses.

Success was mixed, and the Mhulak were long thought lost to the world, hidden in their deepings. When they emerged, to help the Haedrasians topple the magocracy, they found that many of the deepings had collapsed, killing all of their inhabitants, or else trapping them forever on eternal darkness to become the fabled White Mhulak. In Ralstaa they battled the Devil Dukes regime, and were driven away, abandoning their deepings, which now stand empty or have been occupied by landsmen. But in the mountainous regions between the Haedrasian and Ghanish lands, and in the fabled Mhul Pont the deepings are still occupied by the Mhulak, forever changed, unable or unwilling to return to the seas, or to the world above, reshaped by their new homes.

Architecture of a Deeping


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Life in the Deeping

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Famous Deepings


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Abandoned Deepings

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