A group of dwarven archaeologists numbering between 20 and 30 recently arrived in Westshire Valley to purchase supplies before heading to suspected ruins in the north hills, believing an ancient dwarven town once existed there. Their excavations proved fruitful, and they uncovered deeper natural caves. Never fearful of exploring the deep places of the world, a party of 12 ventured inside, and were never heard from again. The remaining dwarves went to Westshire for help, and a rescue party including the rest of the dwarves and some humans ventured inside to find them. The rescue party was similarly never heard from again, and subsequent attacks from strange creatures coming down from the hills necessitated the king to send General Rowley and his army to secure the countryside and investigate the disappearances.