The Hall of the Mountain King is an empty hall at the center of Udai. It also happens to be the seat of power of the most powerful man in the world.
To get to the Hall, one must cross dangerous terrain flocked by the Korvian army. From the West, rocky terrain once populated by Orc camps. From the East, there are forests and plains and Beastmen, as well as more Orcs and Korvians. Either way one goes, it is dangerous.
Then, around the Hall are the Valleys of Death. Two opposite valleys, one on either side of the Hall of the Mountain King. Many creatures roam these Valleys, depending on the side of the mountain, and armies wait there to surprise would-be invaders. Even without the armies, naturally crossing the Valley of Death is not an easy task.
One would then find themselves at the Stairs of Torment. These are long stairs on either side of the hall that go straight up for miles. Birds will often fly by, knocking people off of the stairs. Korvian soldiers hang onto the sides of higher steps to surprise people climbing them. Various traps are said to be laid out. But the greatest danger is that one gets tired climbing so many stairs. Then, they get exhausted and fall asleep, either falling off the side or falling down the stairs.
Then, they are met by the Gates of Hell, a term used to describe doors that serve as tests of strength. Only those strong enough to open them can enter the Hall of the Mountain King.
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Only after pushing through the Gates of Hell does one enter the Hall of the Mountain King. Few accounts exist of the Hall itself, as few people have ever been inside. Only Etcher and his Twenty Immortals, the strongest force of the Korvian Army, are allowed in.
Entering first, one will find themselves greeted with an open room. Empty, yet grand. A foyer, with two staircases spiraling up to a raised platform that leads to the rest of the Hall. Climbing those stairs leads to a hallway, where one finds statues of all sorts made by Tyrant himself. These statues seem eerily real, as if they were living people petrified, yet it is believed Tyrant's control of Earth
is simply that precise.
Some say the statues move. Some swear by it. Others say this is not possible. Some say they have to. They say the danger of the Hall of the Mountain King must lie in its surprises, in its hidden dangers. But others know the truth.
There is only one danger worth worrying about in the Hall of the Mountain King. That's all it needs.