The Stoneburrow was deemed sacred by orcs, dwarves, and vampires.
Before the war, it was the mountain from which the first dwarf was carved, so dwarves declared it holy, and theirs by divine right.
Orcs called it “Geelshar,” and buried their most honored dead in the lava pits deep within the Stoneburrow.
Vampires desired the sulfur within the mountain that could allow them a more effective control over their insatiable thirst for blood.
These three races spent the time before the Goblin Gate performing atrocities to each other for complete control over the mountain.
The mountain in question is a very impressive volcano with very steep slopes and a seemingly infinite supply of cave systems linking themselves together. Compared to the small cliff faces of Fall City and the chains of Manzan, it is a logistical nightmare.
After goblins turned to the Stoneburrow for food, the three races made amends to protect themselves with the guidance of the great fire dragon Rojoli, who lives at the mountain’s peak.
They soon started playing off each others strengths, with powerful orc paladins and savage vampire bloodseekers driving huge swaths of goblins into dwarvish traps and battle formations.
After a few years, the hostile enemies became staunch allies, forming a council of 21 elders to rule not just one of the three races, but all of them. They even made it official that the mountain is the Stoneburrow, not Geelshar, and naming the largest community in Stoneburrow Geelshar, in honor of the orcish traditions.
Extremely combat, mining, and smithing centric, the Stoneburrow is extremely reliant on Avu trade for their food, making scarcities a common problem.
It is supposed to be miserable and dark, but full of adventure and space.