Keepers of the Realm
Sacred Stone Monastery
Located in the North , the Sacred Stone Monastery is nestled into the Black Pit within the mountainous Black Caps. It has been home to a quiet and secretive order of monks, known only to meditate and occasionally travel into town to sell the Brandy they brew at the monastery. Many have passed by it, but few know of the notorious nature of what happens behind its walls.
The building itself is ancient, and looks as though it was not always a monastery. The stone cracks and crumbles around the tall windows, and it is clear that no one is tending to its grounds. It sports a red tile roof and heavy oaken doors with iron studs. It sprawls across the natural amphitheater of the black pit, ominous and foreboding.
Below the monastery is a network of mines which lead down to an ancient dwarven stronghold.
A trail leads into an ever-narrowing defile between bluffs of wind-sculpted sandstone. Eventually the walls draw in so closely that you can reach out and touch either side, but then the narrow space opens into a hidden canyon in the heart of the hills. A sprawling monastery with dark, narrow windows and red tile rooftops stands in the middle of this natural amphitheater, ringed by sandstone cliffs all around.
Ahead, a weathered flight of stone steps leads up to the closed monastery doors. The plain doors are made of heavy timber with iron studs. A dusty footpath circles the building.
Features of the Keep:
|Ceilings||Ceilings in the monastery are 12 feet high. The mines have 8-foot-high ceilings in most places.|
|Doors||Interior doors are made of wood. Exterior doors are reinforced with iron bands and usually locked.|
|Light||During the day, the windows provide bright light for most interior spaces. At night, no lights are lit. The mines are unlit as well.|
|Treasures||Sacred Stone monks are ascetics and don’t collect individual treasure. Their gilded tin masks are worthless.|
|Arrow Slits||In the castle walls, arrow slits are 9 feet
above the ground level, 8 inches wide, and 4 feet high.
|Walls||The roof of the monastery is about 25 feet above the ground, but the walls have patches of crumbling masonry or poorly fitted fieldstone, so they’re relatively easy to climb. The wall surrounding the garden is 10 feet high.|
|Windows||The monastery windows are narrow and tall, almost like arrow slits. The sill of each window is about 10 feet above the ground outside.|
|Most of the inhabitants of the monastery are cultists. Others, such as the orogs, are mercenaries. The lich Renwick has nothing to do with the cult.|