Secrets under Red Mountain

Doors
Although incredibly ancient, the preservative magic used
by the ancients in their important structures has helped
maintain the doors’ carvings of vampiric demons feasting
on Azlanti maidens, though the seaweed must be pulled
or scraped away to reveal the carvings in all their hideous
glory. These carvings can be identified as being associated with the
cult of Zura, the demon lord of cannibalism and vampires,
although the style of the carvings is quite ancient and
unusual. You identify the carvings as Azlanti in origin.

Scriptorium
The stylized rune of the fanged skull is identifiable as the symbol of Zura,
while the rest of the writing on the wall seem to mostly
be prayers to Zura written in Azlanti. Studying these
runes finds them frustrating to translate because of the
missing portions of wall that have cracked and the ancient
inscriber’s fondness for awkward metaphor, but four key
bits of information can be gleaned from the carvings.
• This chamber was once a scriptorium where books and
scrolls sacred to the worship of Zura were transcribed
and illuminated.
• This temple was built over an even more ancient temple—
one that was dedicated to a deity referred to only as the
“Beheaded One,” an entity that was apparently an enemy
to the ancient Zura cultists.
• Several prayers seem to indicate that the ancients made
use of undead slaves created from both “humans culled
from the unbelievers and slaves of the Beheaded One.”
• As much hatred as the Zura cultists had for the “slaves
of the Beheaded One,” they also seemed to despise
their own kind—especially those they called the
“misbegotten of Saventh-Yhi.” You recognize the name
“Saventh-Yhi” as a legendary but still undiscovered
lost city said to lie hidden somewhere in the depths
of the Mwangi Expanse. Knowledge of Saventh-Yhi is
rare, and these mentions would be of a great value to a
scholar interested in the topic.

Secrets under Red Mountain

Serpent's Skull Cobra