In Tarkesville is the very first stone abbey to have been built even before the town was built. Built by monks to a strange an unknown deity, it has been uninhabited and abandoned for nearly 100 years.
building is shunned by locals who will swear to seeing lights inside and
hearing a variety of sounds, some quiet and others loud and raucous.
Across from the front of the abbey is the burial ground in which several
old crypts and graves lay, many unmarked. Some say that beneath the
graveyard lies an underground labyrinth of tombs.
The last time anyone dared to enter the building, a small group
of innocent travelers were being chased by a group of bandits. They ran
to the front doors and the bandits followed them in. Within a matter
of scarce minutes, horrible sounds of and screaming were heard coming
from the building. The small band of travelers emerged an hour later
but the bandits never came out. The story the travelers told has been
shrouded in mystery and secrecy by the local authorities. Some say that
the building itself seemed to come alive and quite nastily destroyed
the bandits but never once harmed the travelers.
Legend has it that the monks of Darkforth Abbey, followers of a
Good but grim deity, in their ferver to prove their devotion and power
over evil, they captured and bound a Chaotic Evil demon to the abbey,
making it protect all those of "Good" orientation and not merely
barring, but utterly destroying those who are"Evil". It is said that
many a heroic and good student of magic are buried within it's crypts.
Darkforth Abbey became a well known library of magic and occult,
frequented by users of magic of all types as long as they were Good
people. During their "heyday", the monks of Darkforth were feared and
hated by evil of all shades, particularly Demons and Devils.
seemingly disappeared nearly a hundred years ago to a man. Rumors still
follow that a great and evil deity struck them down itself in
retribution for their work against all evil.
The abbey still stands, seemingly never falling into disrepair or
decay. The magic of the demon bound to the building goes on with it's
task, unable to break it's bonds or imprisonment. Who knows what really remains within it's dark and terrifying walls?