Rodorsceaft: Pillar of Heaven
Founded in aS 32, during the late campaigns of Radiant Emperor Suleimor I, Diggswood Abbey was established to create a Solarian presence in the Cymru tribelands of the Rhysmarch. Nestled in a verdant forest valley between two mountain ranges, the abbey’s location was selected because there was a perfect path through the mountains for the noonday sun to shine through. The first abbott, Praetor Septimus Severus Mohaim, viewed this as a good omen, and ordered ground broken at once.
The abbey was constructed quickly, and became a popular waypoint for travelers and a bustling training ground for would-be missionaries to the Cymru, Thrans and halflings. For over a hundred solar years it persisted, until the Empire’s expansion started to slow. As the flood of aspirants slowed to a trickle, and then stopped, the abbey’s purpose changed from training to study and contemplation. The nearby Solarian stronghold in River’s End provided a stream of pilgrims, and a few notable monks and Anchorites either got their start or made their home within the abbey’s walls.
The end of the abbey is a matter about which not much is known. What is known for certain is that, in aS 247, a great evil came to the abbey. None of the clergy is known to have escaped; much of the laity also perished as the abbey sank into the earth and was lost.