In the depths of the Mierani Forest, the vital green trees, thick with leaves and hung with cascading vines, give way to cracked and spindly trunks bowed under the weight of withered greenery. Farther in still, the trees die out completely, leaving behind gnarled shells stretching blighted branches to the sky. In the depths lies a vast, ominous crater filled with pools of sickly water, a foul memorial to an ancient calamity. Beyond stand the remains of the elven city of Celwynvian, the City of Emerald Rains, ruined, defiant, and shrouded by a haze of green where the sheltering Mierani Forest still seeks to
heal an ancient wound.
Untold centuries have passed since Celwynvian thrived as an elven center for culture, trade, and research. After its abandonment almost 10,000 years ago, Celwynvian stood empty while the forest encroached upon it and wild animals made it their home. After the elves’ return to Golarion, they came to Celwynvian only to find the wild animals were the least of their worries. The city’s enchantments had faded and become unstable; dragons, monsters, and undead inhabited the streets. Worst of all, a secret shame had claimed the city for its own foul devices: dark elves, having breached the world of light by perverting an ancient elf gate within the Academy of the Arts. Desperate to keep the perversion from the eyes of other races, the elves declared Celwynvian off-limits to visitors and set up a guard around the city. It would become a blockade that would last for centuries and hide the fate of the ancient city from all beyond the Mierani.
Even after the passage of ages, great treasures remain in Celwynvian, along with knowledge and research the elves have long feared irretrievable. To explorers of iron courage, the vaults and secret storerooms laying hidden beneath the rubble of the City of Emerald Rains offer great rewards. But the challenges lurking within the city’s shell are dangerous at best and insurmountable at worst, and more than one treasure-hunter has breached Celwynvian’s defenses, never to emerge again.