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The forgotten god Grismal was the guardian of the underworld, the door guard of death. This shrine is built up around a gateway to the underworld that he was believed to guard personally in the form of a small underground river that drops down precariously into the depths shortly after leaving the shrine.
The shrine itself is at the end of a box canyon in the badlands. The canyon has significantly more plantlife than the surrounding area because of the small spring that then feeds the underground stream of the shrine. Unusually for a shrine of Grismal, there are two statues in the main shrine, each in its own hexagonal chamber, each showing a single-headed idealized version of Grismal wielding a two-headed flail. To any who know the lore of this forgotten god, this seems some strange heresy compared to the normal depictions of two-headed Grismal with his four-headed flail.
With the faith of Grismal long forgotten, the shrine still sees regular use as it is an easily defended water source in the badlands. Various tribal groups and a bandit group have claimed it at one time or another. Most groups attempt to barricade the left-hand entrance to the structure, leaving only the better-defended door further from the stream accessible.
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Neat! I see it in Mystara’s Broken Lands.
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