Tales from Elrond
Approx. 80 miles in diameter, this massive crater was the result of an asteroid hurtled down from the heavens thousands of years ago by one of the gods after feeling slighted by the Kingdom of Glantri’s law prohibiting the practice of religion within its borders. The asteroid’s impact destroyed Glantri’s principalities of Blackhill and Erewan, and completely obliterated the neighboring kingdom of Darokin, an ally of Glantri. It is not recorded which god or goddess hurled the asteroid, but Talos, Gruumsh and Posideon have been offered by legends as likely possibilities.
The impact, and accompanying earthquakes, fire storm and ash cloud it created, was devastating, and the destruction it caused would have been more widespread, possibly even planet killing, had not several gods and goddess of all alignments intervened to save Elrond, limiting the asteroid’s destruction to Glantri and the surrounding area. Still, the damage it caused took Glantri many years to recover from and the Principalities of Erewan and Blackhill, while still officially claimed as part of Glantri, never recovered and are now a wasteland inhabited by goblins, orcs and other barbaric and nefarious denizens. Glantrian officials, especially the descendants of the few surviving Blackhill aristocracy, speak about cleansing the Crater and bringing Glantrian law and order back to those lands, but realistically there is not much interest in dedicating resources for a campaign to liberate a wasteland.