Darkhold, with The Pereghost in the foreground
|Aliases||The Keep of the Fallen Hills|
|Races||Humans, some hill giants and goblinoids|
|Ruler||The Pereghost and Dhamir Ercals|
Darkhold was led by the Pereghost, who commanded its 800 warriors, and Dhamir Ercals, who led the resident clerics of Cyric. Though both leaders were servants of Cyric and were preparing for the inevitable holy war against the Banites, the hatred between them was such that more time was spent on assassination plots than their Zhentarim duties.
Darkhold was built to suit giant sized humanoids. Some said that the looming castle was built a millennium prior to 1370 DR by giants as a summer capital for the Giant Empires.
Othlong Blackhelm, also known as the "Robber Lord", made the keep his home. Angarn Surfyst slew Othlong via treachery and used the keep as a base for his brigands. Known only to history via his self-proclaimed title, the Wolf Knight was a follower of Angarn until he slew him and took his place.
Sarunn Thoon, who was best described in the ballad The Witch of the Far Cold Hill, was originally a captive of the Wolf Knight until she slew him in his bedchanber and took over the helm of the brigands. The mind flayers killed Sarunn and held the brigands in service until they died, but the white dragon Cryomantipelica crushed the mind flayers and laired here until killed by Harristor Thunderswing.
Over the next 200 years, the keep was held by a succession of petty rulers known by a variety of names, including Lord Knight of the Far Hills and Duke of Sunset Vale. The castle eventually became Darkhold when it was conquered and settled by the lich-queen Varalla.
In 1312 DR the Zhentarim invaded and destroyed Varalla, gaining a base from which to expand their organization westward. Darkhold was ruled by the wizard Sememmon until recently,[as of when?] when he and his consort Ashemmi vanished in response to the consolidation of Zhentarim power in the east by rival Fzoul Chembryl.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast, p. 177. TSR, Inc. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast, p. 178. TSR, Inc. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.
- Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, p. 227. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
- Sean K. Reynolds, Jason Carl (November 2001). Lords of Darkness, p. 97. Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-1989-2.
- Robert Wiese (2002-07-24). Ghostly Portals – Bane's Eye. Perilous Gateways. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2010-10-30.
- Ed Greenwood (1994). Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast, p. 177-179. TSR, Inc. ISBN 1-5607-6940-1.