The 2000 Year Epic Campaign
Mausoleum of Merrshaulk
The Mausoleum of Merrshaulk is ancient, even predating the 1st era. It is located in the northwest corner of the Aradesh Desert in Brind-Amor. It is three levels below ground and it is the home of Merrshaulk, a spirit naga who has lived here for a very long time. It is also the site of one of the pillars, the Aradesh Pillar, a mysterious arcane obelisk left by an ancient race.
As the human tribes escaped the Kainin Mountains one of them, the Emerald Vipers, settled not far from the mausoleum, on the banks of the Serpent River. Like many of the other tribes who lived in the Jayt Valley, they associated with an animal, the snake in their case. Eventually the stumbled upon the entrance and explored the ancient ruins.
They were stunned to find Merrshaulk, and thanks to their snake background, they quickly adapted to the to her wishes and came to worship her. As long as they obeyed and did her bidding, Merrshaulk would transform them into yuan-ti, completing a newly found goal in their lives.
The Mausoleum became a site of worship, a place of transformation, and a trap for unsuspecting travelers whose sacrifice was needed by Merrshaulk for the humans to undergo as they became snake people.
Session #5 (2nd Era) – The Champions of Elon entered the Mausoleum when they were told by Addar Karai a lie that made them thing they were helping the rid it of a strange and sudden infestation of orcs and undead. Of course the undead and orcs were placed here by the Emerald Viper Clan. The Champions were up to the task and slew Merrshaulk and her handful of yuan-yi followers. They also removed the Jewel of the Pillar causing it to power down.
Transition from 2nd to 3rd Era – After the Champions of Elon killed Merrshaulk, who of course came back to life soon after, and the Emerald Viper Clan no longer under control, Merrshaulk was without followers. Through her powers she was able to contact and convince the Followers of the Scourge to join her cause and move into the Mausoleum. The now Emerald Circle made two attempts to kill Merrshaulk but they were unsuccessful.