An unusual fortress near rhe center of Lachrymosa, the so-called Forbidden Citadel, was the seat ol Kiaransalee 's power in Thanatos, and the bloated lord of the layer has not had the place destroyed despite its close tie to his hated enemy, The structure's shape resembles an enormous bust of the goddess herself, her calculating gaze looking ever southward, toward her "winter capital" of Naratyr . Adherents of Eldanoth whisper that Orcus has nor acted against the citadel because he lacks the power ro destroy an edifice constructed by agency of divine power. Certain sealed chambers within the Forbidden Citadel still hold incredible treasures lied to Kiaransalee's ultimate plan for the layer.
After a long and perilous journey, the player characters encounter some friendly native people and are invited to stay in their village. The characters learn from the village's chief about the dangers of creatures called the yuan-ti and their servants, the tasloi , and that these creatures recently kidnapped the chief's son, taking him into the jungle. The chief and village shaman tell the player characters about a "forbidden city" in the jungle which they believe houses the ghosts of their dead enemies, and they supply the characters with guides to show the party the way to this forbidden city.