Underworld (A to Z Challenge, U)24 April, 2015
There are underground complexes, networks of caves, deep mines and hidden seas nestled in the hearts of the islands of the Sea of the Stars. Some of the islands are miles thick and have immense areas to be explored and exploited.
The dwarves, of course, have dug deep but cautiously, they use proven techniques and technologies, expanding at a measured pace. The dwarves wish no surprises and to loose no lives, if possible. They still have a lingering fear of dragons and they wish to husband people and material in case that conflict does materialize. But they wish to refine their skills and gather new resources and develop new materials, they take the long, institutional, view of what needs to be done to protect their people and culture.
The Sen’tek are more willing to takes risks, using exotic technologies, slaves and unusual beasts to aid in their excavations, to expand their Homewarrens. The Sen’tek -unlike the dwarves- know that the dragons are actively seeking to destroy them and they need all of the weapons they muster to defend themselves. The threat is so great that they consider the risks to be justified.
Humans and others explore the depths of the shattered world as well, indeed some of the Draconic Houses have vast mining concerns, but they rarely dig as far down as the dwarves and Sen’tek.
But within the underworld are lost kingdoms, fragments of hells, fae palaces and other wonderful and strange things waited to be found . . . waiting to be freed. Mysterious cults hold occult rituals in hidden caves, wizards and alchemist build underground labs away from prying eyes and criminals and revolutions make their plans in caves, a wealth of opportunities hidden below your feet.
Notes: More places to explore and adventure to find.