athkatla

One-Way Portals in Amn - Submerged Portal

Another little-known one-way portal is at the top of the Elethephryn Falls near Lake Esmel in Amn. The portal is submerged, though it’s near the usual surface of the water. It’s a one-way trip to the Western shore of Lake Esmel.

What the spellcaster who placed the portal intended no one knows.

The portal was discovered recently when an unlucky trapper, Teri, capsized her canoe. She tried to swim to shore, but the current was too strong.

As she approached the edge of the waterfall, she knew she couldn’t survive the fall.

To her delighted surprise, in the instant she was tipping over the edge, she found herself on the West Beach of Lake Esmel, suddenly appearing near the health resort amid the tourists and vacationers.

Local mages have undertaken the study of the oddly placed portal, but little has been learned. Some speculate that a ship that wrecked on the rocks at the top of the falls might have caused it.

The truth of the matter is that about 10 years ago, a wealthy young halfling aristocrat named Velth hired a mage to place the portal there so that he could fake his suicide.

Velth owed a great deal of money to underworld loan sharks. In fact, he owed more money than the cost of creating a portal, and he never intended to repay the debt. He seemed to have committed suicide by jumping into the river near the falls.

His body was never recovered.

Velth faked his death. He invested in an amulet of proof against detection and location to help avoid attempts to locate him.

He now lives in Athkatla under the alias Souvrin with his ill-gotten gains.

Due to a recent misfortune, however, he has lost his amulet but has gained a ring of mind shielding.

If word of Velth’s survival reaches the underworld, a bounty of 5,000 gp will be offered to capture him alive.