Heroes of Atroa
The Gardbury Downs take their name from this striking ruin, a large monastery that has lain in ruins for almost one hundred fifty years. The abbey was dedicated to Bahamut and served as the base of a militant order of paladins who won great fame fighting in Nerath’s distant crusades. As the story goes, the paladins brought a dark artifact back from a far crusade for safekeeping, and evil forces gathered to assault the abbey to take it back. Extensive dungeons lie beneath the ruins, which might still conceal the hoarded wealth of the old crusading paladins. But, it may also hold remnants of the horrors that destroyed them.
It is rumored that old Lord Markelhay, during the battle against the Bloodspear Horde, fled into the catacombs of Gardmore Abbey and never came out. Murgeddin, the leader of the guards at the Wizards’ Gate in Fallcrest, is an old dwarf and veteran of that hellish battle. He’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that he suspects old Lord Markelhay took the family’s ancestral sword with him – Andara Markelhay’s magic longsword Moonbane. It lies somewhere below the abbey.
The complex in which Gardmore Abbey sits includes a small village, now reduced to ruins. A few more opulent buildings are still somewhat intact. These belonged to some of the more prominent knightly families devoted to Bahamut, including the manor of the now reviled Shadowghasts.