Asgartha
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Nature: Ancient, hidden, ruin-filled valley
First Encountered: P1.x5 "Tablets of the Hieromagus"

Description: A vast valley nestled inbetween the inhospitable mountain-peaks and snow-covered ridges somewhere along the Tibetan side of the Himalayas. Though it had obviously been inhabited at some point, as wide stairways carved into the rocky ground and overgrown stone shrines would indicate it's hard to learn much about this. Craters seem to be blasted out of the hillsides and many of the structures were apparently blown up by the same or similar effects.

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Combined with the lush vegetation which somehow manages to grow there, which had long since covered most of what looked like an extensive collection buildings further on, it all seemed like an ancient village or dwelling-place long since abandoned and fallen to ruin. One of the intact bell-shaped structures was proven to function as a transportation-device, capable of teleporting those inside in a flash of silvery-blue light.

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Info: To reach the valley required finding and solving a hidden puzzle in order to enter the tunnels carved into the interior of the mountains, which were guarded by the Rakshasa. These tunnels eventually lead to a metal door (as shown in the illustration here), beyond with lay Asgartha. When the condiments came here they were quickly found and escorted away by people claiming to be custodians of the place and stating that it was not for the Condiments to be there, whereupon they were transported to Shamballah to meet their leader, Kuut Humi, who would answer their questions. According to him the wise 'Ancestors' or 'Ancient Masters' used to reside in Asgartha until a great cataclysm of violence and destruction befell them, after which the survivors and refugees relocated to Shamballah with whatever they could salvage.

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It is strongly believed by Skadi that this is the location spoken of in page 35 of The Book, and one theory is that it may be the location illustrated by the Ananke, and if so could be linked to the Danavas. It's been noted that one of the symbols on the door is also found on the chairs in the character's sanctum, while the other one seems to be either the tibetan letter for "x", the hebrew letter "aleph", or both.

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