Najena is the home of the Teir'Dal master elementalist. Najena left her home, Neriak, so that she would be free to practice her arts far from prying eyes. The Empress of the Elements settled in the Lavastorm Mountains, where there was an abundance of mana and resources befitting her experiments, and there created her underground laboratory.
Najena couldn't just walk out of Neriak and build her lair, though. She took many months building her sanctuary in secret. Under the guise of doing research for Neriak, she created minions to carve out the underground fortress. She laboured quietly, diverting resources from projects for the Dark Elven Empire, to silently build her own little kingdom.
Najena recruited a band of ogres from the Foreign Quarter to her cause. All the pieces were now in place and the elemental mistress set her plan into motion. She left Neriak with her faithful ogres and two others on a research trip to Faydwer. Naturally, the expedition never made it. The ship carrying them was destroyed in the Ocean of Tears. Only two bodies, a Dragoon and another mage, were ever found. Neriak mourned her loss... And Najena was free.
The workshops of Najena's fortress were soon bustling. Her ever faithful ogre guards protected her home and over the nextseveral years a very few of Najena's most loyal cohorts slipped out of Neriak and made their way to Lavastorm to join in her studies.
Najena soon became a haven of elemental experiments. Traps were set to dissuade curious adventurers and soon the foothills surrounding the lair were filled with elementals, some guardians and some experiments gone rogue. It is said that during one of the greatest experiments ever performed by Najena, there was called forth a horde from the elemental planes that rebelled and created such an immense blast of energy during the ensuing magical battle, that it blew the gigantic entrance doors of Najena off their hinges.
However, all good things must come to an end. Neriak learned of Najena's deception and her location. Members of the Indigo Brotherhood were sent to capture Najena and destroy her stronghold. They might have succeeded, or even fared better, but the Queen was a long time ally and sent word ahead to Najena, warning her of the invaders. With the Queen's blessing and promise of silence, Najena developed a plan.
The army made its way into Najena's fortress... and was destroyed. The elemental mistress's control over fire was great and she used it to shatter the entrance to her home. The few survivors made their way back to Neriak and reported the destruction to the King, Tearis Thex. And so it has long been recorded that Najena was no more... The records are wrong.
Today, Najena is a vast subterranean complex. Having grown over the years, it is now divided into several districts, connected by a winding underground waterway. The study of magic and the elements continues unabated and any brave enough to venture here should beware the elementals that lurk there.
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