Tales from Elrond
Small Town * Population 1,241 (52% Humans, 13% Halflings, 11% Duegar 10%, Dwarf, 16% Other)
Originally called Saruun Khel, the Seven-Pillared Hall was once a satellite city of an ancient and powerful Minotaur kingdom that existed within the underdark caverns of Thunderspire Mountain. Following several years of war with neighboring kingdoms and a brutal civil war, the conflicts left the Minotaur kingdom devastated. The surviving Minotaurs left Sarunn Khel, and the rest of their kingdom, and it remained abandoned until a trio of mages discovered it while looking for treasure in the depths of Thunderspire Mountain. Motivated by greed and a need for a private place to conduct their magical research, these mages restored Sarunn Khel, renaming it the Seven-Pillared Hall, and established it as a trading center where denizens of the Underdark and the surface world can trade and meet in safety. This service is not free and the Mages take a cut from all business transactions conducted. In order to govern effectively and offer adequate protection, the mages expanded their ranks with like minded mages and call themselves the Mages of Sarunn. No one knows how many mages are in the Mages of Sarunn as no more than two are ever seen at the same time and anytime a Mage is seen in public they are also wearing the same attire- black robes with a silver mask of an impassive stylized human face. It is known that the Mages of Sarunn rotate monthly one of their Order to take responsibility for managing the Seven-Pillared Hall allowing the rest to continue their personal interests. The Mage currently on rotation is for this assignment is called the Ordinator Arcanis.
The Seven-PIllared Hall is bedecked with dozens of magical lanterns that glow from pillars and walls like soft yellow stars against the eternal dark. Stone facades chiseled in the symmetrical style of ancient minotaur craftsmen cut into the natural cavern walls. Near the city are a series of tunnels that provide access to the Underdark. The two closest Underdark settlements are the Duegar holdings of the Grimmerzhul Mines and the Dwarven settlement of the Silversheild Hold.