In times lost, ancient stone giants claimed a secluded valley in the northern Mindspin Mountains as their own. The giants believed themselves a free people, descendants of the first giants to walk the earth and the chosen ones of their lawful evil god of the forge, named Minderhal.
In the centuries that followed, hundreds of tribes of nearly every type of giant came to Minderhal’s Valley to pay their respects. While some of these giants simply moved on, others stayed and built settlements, and the valley grew into a center of giant culture. Unlike some giant settlements, the valley never fell under the domination of other beings, but as centuries became millennia, the giant civilization in Minderhal’s Valley faded. The reasons for the decline in giant culture were as varied as the types of giants themselves—infighting, drought, disease, and war, among other calamities—but they all contributed to the same end results: the giants abandoned their settlements. Minderhal’s sacred places were left all but deserted, and his magical artifacts were scattered.
But even after the giants’ departure, their legacies survived, hidden in the valley and the tales of their descendants. When the megalomaniacal storm giant warlord Volstus the Storm Tyrant embarked on his mission to gather an army of giants to conquer the surrounding lands, he chose Minderhal’s Valley as a mustering point for his fledgling horde, realizing that its storied past would be well known to the giants he sought to unite. The great canyon is a now a proving ground for the Storm Tyrant’s new recruits, who flock there, weaned on the legends and myths of their forebears.