Heralds Of Orcus
Named for the eerie ghost lights that rise from the earth and rift around, this pass cuts its way through otherwise impassable rock for several miles, linking the Vale to the city of Fallcrest and the region of Thane beyond. It is a forbidding passageway, hemmed in by sheer sided rock faces studded with cavern mouths and treacherous shelves. Stones slip down as travelers pass through, echoing as they threaten to start a deadly rockslide. About halfway through, travellers can just make out the ruins of a great building silhouetted against the skyline- ruins of a keep that stood guard during Empire years.
The Witching Pass used to be a vital artery for trade and news from the wider world, but recently bandit depradations have made travelling this road exceptionally dangerous, and only a few brave (or foolhardy) traders still make the journey. Twice a season, desperation drives Winterhaven to dispatch a caravan through to Fallcrest, but this is fraught indeed…Hadria the Bandit Queen operates from caverns above the road.