"The comforting tranquility of the forest.
The countless stars, shimmering brilliantly against the ebon sky.
The calm glow of the full moon, basking us in its gentle radiance.
It's on nights like these... that I feel truly alive."
Better known as "King Coldheart" and "Keldus the Cruel", King Monton Keldus VI was the sixth and last of his name. Mental illness seemed to become more and more severe with each successor, and Keldus VI was a particularly terrifying monster of a king.
Believing his prison was not doing a good enough job at breaking prisoners and discouraging future criminals, he ordered the construction of a great and terrible underground labyrinth. He delighted more and more in sending people into this hellish labyrinth, until eventually even those who would steal a moldy slice of bread from a merchant could very well find themselves sent here.
The nightmarish underground maze was said to be filled with the world's most terrifying monsters, including greater cockatrice, slaughter marionettes, golems, axe o' lottles, minotaurs, vines of agony, and possibly even sphinxes, chaos unicorns, imps, and dragons, if such claims are to be believed.
One of the few who escaped this place was Javelina. While not at all a physically or magically powerful individual, his ruthless, cunning, and resourceful nature allowed him to make his way to freedom.
Upon escaping, Javelina made his way to King Keldus, used several magical items to destroy his guards, and spent several minutes goring the king into an unrecognizable mess that adorned the floor, walls, ceiling, and throne, an uncharacteristically brutal act for a villain who generally prefers not to get his hands dirty. Unable to kill all of the king's guards, Javelina made his escape from the castle and the kingdom, but not without nabbing as much treasure as he could carry.
Today, Keldus Labyrinth is a fine place for the most experienced of adventurers to fight powerful monsters and find rare treasures.
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