Othmar's Trail

Othmar’s Trail is a narrow, winding pass that cuts over, across, around and through the Black Mountains, occasionally overlooking or even intersecting the more well-trodden Black Fire Pass, and terminating at a small shrine to Morr in a glade near the town of Dunkelgart. Othmar’s Trail is most often walked by pilgrims and devotees of Morr, though often only as a small part of their pilgrimage. Such people are likely headed for Augur’s Rest in the southern reaches of Morrschatten. Sometimes, Dwarfs also use the pass on their way to Karak Izor, Barak Varr and even distant holds such as Karaz-a-karak, Karak Eight Peaks or Karak Azgal.

The trail is extremely treacherous, skirting deep chasms and narrowing in places such that a group must travel in single file to avoid falling to a horrible death on the sharp rocks below. In places, the path will diverge, only to join back up much later. Ancient Dwarven ruins dot the slopes. In places, the path is even laid with old weathered slabs of rock, showing that it may once have been a great mountain highway of the Dwarfs. Famously, Othmar’s Trail even passes through the remains of the ancient Dwarf hold of Wyvern Keep, though it’s treasures have long since been picked over, and it’s branching tunnels sealed shut by collapses. Curiously, no Dwarf has ever laid claim to this seemingly abandoned hold.

But it is not just the terrain that makes Othmar’s Trail dangerous. Just as with the Black Fire Pass, the Trail is infested in places by foul greenskins, ready to ambush the unwary or unprotected traveler. This is one of the main reasons that the pass is best avoided. Even the villagers of Othmar’s Brink shun it, and caution those who would brave it’s maze-like paths.

Othmar's Trail

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