The Waterclock Crypts
More than a hundred years before the Spellplague,
an elf wizard at the Hosttower of the Arcane in
Luskan discovered tendrils of magic below the tower,
similar to a tree’s root system. These tendrils ran
toward the sea in one direction and into the earth to
the south in another. They seemed to pull elemental
power from the sea and channel it through the roots
to the south. Obsessed with artifice, conjuration, and
abjuring magic, the elf sought to study the tendrils.
Subtle questioning led him to believe that none of his
fellow wizards knew anything about his discovery, so
he left to see where the mystery would take him.
The elf’s travels brought him to Neverwinter,
where he built a new life under the name Lucan
Greenharrow. He met a builder of remarkable waterclocks
named Saborn Rendel, and together they
founded the Waterclock Guild, secretly using Lucan’s
magic to craft astoundingly accurate and beautiful
timepieces. As the years passed, Lucan studied the
lore he had stolen from the Hosttower, and what he
learned stoked his desire to delve into the earth. He
funded and oversaw the construction of the guild’s
crypts, setting aside space within for secret chambers
where he could refine his magical studies.
The construction of the catacombs utilized the
guild’s most advanced techniques, including some
of the secret rituals of binding water elementals.
The sprawling dungeon is a complex of gears, water
falls, and traps, powered by water elementals bound
to maintain the machines there. Seawater travels
through translucent veins in the walls and spills out
through solid stone toward Luskan in the north and
Gauntlgrym somewhere east. Lucan’s secret laboratories
and summoning chambers remain, holding
ancient notes about the ritual originally used to bind
Gauntlgrym’s primordial, as well as instructions for
repairing broken elements of the primordial’s prison.