In the Shadow of Kings
Yaramuke, once governed by Sorcerer-Queen Sielba, was the fourth city-state along the Road of Kings, near the Black Waters. Today, however, one would there find only haunted ruins and whispers of death and revenge.
It was only a generation ago when Sielba found herself coveting the obsidian of the Smoking Crown, then and now in the hands of Hamanu of Urik. This inevitably lead to a war that she could never win, and before she had even had the chance to call for allies from the other city-states, she found her city under siege by the mighty legions of Urik. But Hamanu was infuriated, the stories tell, and worked defiling blood magic which destroyed both the city and its inhabitants along with their Queen, and even a large part of his own army.
A very small number of Yaramukes inhabitants were lucky to survive the wrath of Hamanu, and they now travel around the Tablelands speaking of the horrors they or their ancestors were witnesses to. They also speak of Sielba’s riches and ancients artifacts, and this promise has been enough for many adventurers to defy the dangers of the ruins, but no one has ever returned.