The greed of mortals has awakened a powerful entity long thought destroyed. For eons, this mighty champion of the gods has been imprisoned in the darkest depths of Exandria. His name has been forgotten, as have his heroic deeds. Languishing in despair, he calls out for new heroes to save him. This adventure begins in the Wastes of Xhorhas and leads to the glimmering oasis-city of Ank’Harel on the continent of Marquet, and from there into a sunken realm of gloom, corruption, and sorrow known as the Netherdeep. Above it all, the red moon of Ruidus watches, twisting the fates of those who have the power to shape the course of history.

Located in northern Xhorhas. Jigow sits on the banks of the Emerald Gulch near the Ifolon River. Originally settled by several nomadic clans of orcs and goblins, Jigow is now home to a variety of folk.  The villages and townships that make up Jigow are loosely divided into three major areas: the Meatwaters, the main dock area on the shores of the Ifolon River; the Wetwalks, a collection of houses on stilts closest to the wetlands and marshes; and the Jumble, the most densely populated region of the city, where houses are built among giant mangrove trees or on the backs of horizonback tortoises and used as traveling homes.

In Jigow, any chance to show off one’s physical, social, or intellectual prowess is a welcome one, and there is no opportunity better than the annual Festival of Merit. On this day, contests between residents are settled. Every space is filled with festival games, food stalls, and plenty of shops and private residences have flung their doors open wide in anticipation of the revelry.