The story of Beryl’s Folly began with the discovery of an ancient underground ruin from the Era of Myth. The site had gone untouched for centuries until Beryl Valsgard, a renowned Avenian eccentric, finally got the government’s permission to excavate.
Beryl, a lucrative banker, moved to the site after years of successful operating mining ventures in toothward Avenoss. However, business was not his true passion. Artifacts were. And this obsession coupled with is persuasiveness proved enough to set up an excavation and archeological institute in record time.
The dig immediately produced amazing results, turning up a treasure trove of mythwork artifacts. Naturally, this produced a great amount of hype and attracted massive investment from researchers, universities and alchemist guilds throughout the Heartlands. In the first ten years of operation, it was an unprecedented success.
However, the excavation continued far too long, driven by a maddened Beryl who believed that the mother lode still evaded him somewhere in the depths below. Eventually, the vast depths of the dig site made it impossible to travel back to the surface each day. Once this happened, reports from the excavators became more and more scarce until one day, there was no reply at all. Over the decades that followed, attention moved away from the excavation and to other research, but the massive hole and the legends of Beryl Valsgard still remain.
Beryl's Folly is only accessible from Arkadia.