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12.3.3 Mhaldor, the City of Evil

Far to the west, over the Vashnar Mountains, beyond the Gruu'n chasm, lies a
blasted, blighted isle. A poisonous red haze swirls over barren rock, bubbling
tar pits, and skeletal trees. Tortured abominations and carnivorous lycopods
roam, seeking the flesh of the unwary. At the end of a road lined with gibbets
and impaled corpses, Mhaldor, the City of Evil, looms above the murk. Through
the fortified gates, a horrific medley assaults the senses. As eldritch
chitterings fill the air amidst screams and lashes from the slave pens, foul
daemons and uncanny creatures stalk the streets. The clank of knightly armour
mixes with the rising chants of daemonic ritualists. The roiling of retorts and
the scratching of quills surround scholars at their work, delving deeply into
the mysteries of the lower planes and the quintessential secrets of alchemy.
Assassins lurk in the shadows, their whispering presences as quiet and
pervasive as smoke.

As Mhaldor rises triumphantly over the blasted shore, so Baelgrim Fortress
towers over the city itself. The many-spired fastness, steeped in malignity, is
harbour and headquarters to all who would do Evil. Within its imposing confines
lurks the mysterious lair of the Insidium, the bearers of Mhaldor's unspeakable
rites and ancient traditions, whose wire-sharp webs stretch their threads
everywhere. Atop the Baelgrim battlements blaze the banners of the Dread
Legates, they of bold voices and bolder blades, ever ready to deliver the
merciless will of Evil to all existence.

A theocratic dictatorship, Mhaldor exists solely to advance evil in all its
forms. The city's rigid hierarchy is ruled by the iron fist of the Tyrannus,
rejecting democracy, compassion, freedom, and other manifestations of mortal
weakness as beneath Evil's servants. "What is called evil is simply the drive
for advancement, for greatness. We seek, through discipline and pain, to spur
the advancement of nothing less than sentient life." -- The First Truth of Evil