Long ago, the Necropolis was a separate city, but over the centuries Khezvaros has grown to surround the city of the dead, which now lies just within the western imperial walls. The Necropolis occupies an area slightly smaller than Old Town and is surrounded on all sides by high walls inscribed with ancient magical symbols that contain The Lord of Bones during his excursions into the living world.   The heart of the necropolis is Griffon Hill , a rocky ridge into whose sides are carved the tombs of the richest and most powerful families in the city. It's believed that the souls of the dead who are carried to the otherworld by the Griffons of Light are taken directly before Argalak, the Weigher of Souls without having to tarry too long in the Summerlands. Since the Griffons swoop down from the skies, it's believed they'll snatch the souls of those buried on the highest ground first. A hard-to-reach cliffside tomb has the added benefit of putting some distance between its inhabitants and The Lord of Bones' minions. Atop Griffon Hill are several elaborate ancient mausoleums (most built for prominent families who died out long ago and now claimed by various Imperials) and the mysterious Tower of Rhalore, better known as the Doorless Tower.   Surrounding Griffon Hill are the Fields of Remembrance , which contain mausoleums, sarcophagi, and ossuaries for those who want a chance of being spirited away by the Griffons of Light before the The Lord of Bones comes but don't have the luxury of a cliffside tomb. There are also areas where pyres can be erected for those brave enough to defeat a thousand beasts in order to win an audience with Argalak, the Weigher of Souls. Those who fear their meeting with Argalak and want another chance can opt to have their bodies weighed down with stones and tossed into the Elfelite River, which winds through the southeast section of The Necropolis . Their souls will be stripped of all memory and identity and reincarnated.   The truly unfortunate dead (and the most heinous criminals, who are denied other forms of burial) are tossed into The Pit , a deep chasm at the base of the sheer northern face of Griffon Hill. Since the portal to the Carrion Moors is somewhere inside The Pit, those whose bodies are left there are always the first to be claimed by The Lord of Bones when he and his minions enter our world. Those whose souls are claimed by the Lord of Bones are forced into his service for a century before being allowed to stand before Argalak the Weigher


Cover image: Necropolis Banner City of Ten Thousand Daggers by Steve Johnson (background image by Dick Osseman)

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