The Citadel of Kaygys Building / Landmark in Corive | World Anvil

The Citadel of Kaygys

Also known as the Sunless Citadel

In ancient days long gone, the Citadel stood on the surface, however, as Saint Antral tore down the Adrakian Empire, the war was not limited to only Estopti and Oestopti Cities, but across Theydim, scarring the land.   The citadel stood at the edge of such a scar in the land, and in one earthquake, sank into the Daggermark Ravine.

Purpose / Function

It was more a palace than a walled city, though the nearby city-town of Oakenfield once would evacuate into the Citadel before the Empire fell, and before the Citadel sank into Daggermark Ravine.


The Citadel is built of stone in high arches. Some of the once-magical aspects of the structure have fallen as the magic has faded away with time, causing the Citadel to fall into further ruin.
Inside, the architecture has been accented by the signs of rudimentary Dwarven habitation, Dragonkin habitation, and Goblins habitation, though the dwarven symbols are decades old, and the Dragonkin and Goblins have lived in the span of centuries, overwriting each other.


The Citadel was once a Temple-like citadel to the Dragon-God Kaygys, the Jealous.
At some point, goblins moved into the Citadel, and they and the Dragonkin have been warring over the ruins.
Thirty or so years ago, two adult children of a local merchant's went adventuring into the Citadel with a party of strangers, and died. The dwarves, Ulfgar, and Gurnat, with Ferish the Half-Orc, and Thorn Halfling had gone into the Citadel at her request to recover her children from the ruin. At this time, Oakenfield was plagued by something drinking the blood of their livestock.
A druid was using the dead as bodyguards for his own goals, and was killed as a means to avenge the dead adventurers. As most of the goblins were cleared from the Citadel, the two dwarves decided to inhabit the ruins themselves. Thorn and Ferish parted ways and made for their own historical events.
Acropolis / Citadel

Cover image: by Lyraine Alei, Midjourney


Please Login in order to comment!