The Emerald Spire Superdungeon
Notable Local Sage/Retired Adventurer
Abernard owns a precious keepsake that made its way from the dungeon decades ago. It’s a sliver of what he claims is the skymetal noqual, a substance with inherent resistance to magic. The piece he possesses is no bigger than a finger joint, and looks like a chip from a sculpted item with a serrated edge.
Abernard has spent years collecting scraps of information about the Emerald Spire. He suspects that the Spire itself has little to do with the Azlanti who once lived in the Echo Wood, but that it’s instead associated with mysterious powers from the dawn of the world. To confirm his hypothesis, Abernard is anxious to commission a careful and deliberate survey of the Spire and all its levels. He fully understands that this is a highly dangerous undertaking, and that an old, clumsy sage has no business wandering around in the depths of the Emerald Spire.
A white-haired sage of 55 years, Abernard Royst is one of the most notable adventurers permanently residing in Fort Inevitable. Abernard is a cantankerous fellow who spends most of his time engaged in research and experimentation. He rarely risks life and limb in dungeons anymore, but always has a long list of unusual materials or difficult tasks he’s willing to hire adventuring parties to acquire or perform for him. He often takes in apprentices, and proves to be a much more considerate master than his gruff personality would suggest. Abernard is careful to observe the laws of Fort Inevitable, but otherwise appears to have a lack of interest in civic matters.