In this blog I’ll talk about various miniature games. Custom miniatures and minor conversions are my favorite pastime. I’ll cover scenery making. Hey fellow dawi, I was just wondering the other day about Karak Varn. We have quite a lot of info on many of the other holds but what do we. Fortunately for the emperor, Kellar’s Keep is supposedly connected to the Dwarven Fortress, Karak Varn, by a series of now abandoned tunnels.

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Whilst the dwarfs treasured Gromril, the Skaven lusted for the warpstone which had been laid down in the same way. You’ll find it here: The first Dwarf Book has more details After several hundred years the hold was briefly resettled by an expedition under Kadrin Redmane. Generally Karak Varn is very much an homage to Khazad Dum in LotR, most precious metal in the world, failed reclamation, and evil lake deal. All I know is that gromril used to be mined there and shipped to Zhufbar, and when the time of woes struck the black lake broke through the minings into the hold, and shortly afterwards skaven and night goblins attacked and the hold was taken.

But the Lake side was an area of many battles. Deep mines led to disaster during an earthquake as the lowe levels flooded. Rich hold and lots of Gromril. Karak Varn was one of the largest strongholds before the Dwarf empire began to crumble, and it was the first one to march aganist the high elves during the War of the Beard.

Karak-Varn Khazalid”Stronghold of lake enclosed by mountains”sometimes called Cragmerewas once a flourishing hold of the Dwarfs. Based by Black Water. The only mention in any fluff that I have come across is a small reference to the occasional engineer from Zhufbar using submersibles to delve into the black water and Karak Varn breach to look for treasures, though many dont come back with strange stories of old dangers inhabiting the dark lake?


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Mega Warhammer Battle: Siege of Karak Varn

And here is a new temple of Chaos, in fact a sacrificial chamber. The taint of warpstone spread through the city, and no dwarf would willingly live there, even if the things which lurk within were driven from it. Here is a new sheet with four new coffins with corpses and a dead adventurer, three tests of a horrible touthy mouth in a pit.


This is dangerous work as Skaven still dwell in Karak-Varn, and worse things too. Here is a new version of the Dungeon Lair, with better torch effects. What else do we know?

I keep hearing about an unspeakable horror and “Things worse that skaven and goblins lurking down there” yet, nothing about what it actually is. Here is a new remake: Retrieved from ” http: Hope you like it! Home to vile enemies of the dwarves now, and yet another grudge to be held. Varn is again lost to the Skaven. Well there was a dragon in the book, but I get the impression the bit you are quoting is referencing Kraken-ish things.

This tile was used later in the Advanced Heroquest expansion “Terror in the Dark” and in “Mighty Warriors”, another board fantasy game. A mecanic puzzle is following, figuring the wheel of the Eight Winds of Magic, and various pits with wood and rope bridges.

Also many expeditions have been made into the Hold for some of the riches that were left behind.

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The nature of the Black Water crater made the perfect location for the Dwarfs to mine Gromril – the star-iron which Dwarfs used to forge legendarily solid armour and razor-sharp weapons. They boiled up through the wrecked tunnels with goblinoid allies, driving the dwarfs from their vwrn hold even as they struggled to shore up the damage.

City was abandoned and is now known as Crag Mere. My new booklet of Dungeon Dressing is about to be finished. Great source of info on Karak Varn! Very interesting section of the brewery, didn’t even realize it was there.


Remember me This is not recommended for shared computers. Hope you like it. Javascript Disabled Detected You currently have javascript disabled. Posted 19 October – Posted 20 October – Skaven from below, Orcs from above. When that part of the mountains was struck by one of the earthquakes which are common to that part of the world, the Black Water rushed into the tunnels, galleries and workings, washing away thousands of dwarfs and varh of their treasure.

Here is another remake: The earthquakes that opened the time of woes shattered this system and lead to wide spread flooding throughout the holds deeper mines claiming the lives of a good number of the hold’s clans in the process.

Be sure to have photo paper in A3 format for a better result in printing this booklet. Generally the information is as follows: The Dwarfs have relinquished the corrupted stronghold, but have not forgotten the precious Gromril within its mines – expeditions frequently brave the terror of the dark beneath Karak-Varn for the remnants of the Gromril still to be found in the deeper passages. Karak Varn, meaning Lake Hold, was the wealthiest Dwarf city in all of the Karak Ankor thanks to sitting atop the largest deposits of Gromil in the world.

Karak Varn

It’s listed as a ruined hold, close to the moot and Zhufbar. Gunbad and for such service given lordship in the resettlement project.

The hold was abandoned and left to the horrors that lurk there. Redmane had grown to fame for his defense of the High King during the Goblin assaults on Mt.