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The Halls of the Dwarven Mountain are as large as cities in other realms, and they have even stronger sense of community. Deepshaft Hall is within the region overseen by Dumathoin.

Deepshaft Hall plunges into the cold, dark depths of the earth. The air here is icy and stale with the smell of the dwarves who toil here - no treat for the average berk. It's "miner's air" and it's just the way the dwarves like it. Aside from its odor, Deepshaft's best known for the ores and gems that the petitioners coax from its rock. Most of the kip goes straight to Soot Hall, but some of it does make the trip to Ironridge, where it's traded for luxuries from the surface world. A basher'd better have good reason to come down here, because the tunnels of Deepshaft are almost as twisted as the Lady of Pain's Mazes. Strangers coming here had better spend some jink on a good guide if they ever want to see the surface again. Otherwise, they just might get lost in the tunnels and end up in the screaming caverns of Ilsensine's realm.

In the very depths of the realm, dressed stonework gives way to rough-hewn mine shafts with runes and markers crudely chiseled into the walls. The shafts echo with a mystical monotonous drone - the chanting of the petitioners - punctuated by the harsh chimes of steel on stone. A cutter's breath hangs in the air, and frost glazes the deepest shafts. Lanterns and torches are far between, creating pools of light where dwarfish workers cluster. Shattered wall sections open onto dank passages that lead to Ilsensine's realm; a berk can sense the humming brain waves near these.

A visitor is likely to be tempted by the glory of the raw gems that can be just pulled from the earth, but he keeps his hands and feelings to himself if he's smart. The stones are part and parcel of the petitioners who toil there. They're more than just rock - they're the entire goal of existence. Each stone found and treasured brings a petitioner a little closer to oneness with the realm. Even touching a gem without permission ruins its usefulness to the petitioners, and that upsets them greatly.