The Slumbering Tsar
A wide, steep stair cuts into the bluff and descends between stone embankments to a lesser plateau over 100 feet below the terrace. These steps are covered by red tiles of cracked clay embossed with tiny images. At either end of each step, next to the climbing walls of rock, are small stone statuettes depicting robed men in postures of prayer or penance. Many of these are cracked or broken off altogether.
The robed statues seem to depict simple priests or pilgrims; their features seem benign, though they are worn beyond recognition and are obviously of extremely ancient make. The small images on the tiles are of three alternating patterns, also worn with age almost to the point illegibility. The patterns are framed in elaborate scrollwork, and the first two depict a longsword and a cross, respectively. The third pattern was initially blank within its curling frame, but with the defeat of Hammer of Mordecais Doom, turning into image of a kite shield. The first two patterns are recognizable as the symbols of the deities of Thyr and Muir. There are thousands of these tiles upon the giant stair, each depicting one of these three images.
The stairs were named as such as this is were the high priest Mordecai soul was consumed by the advanced devourer known as Mordecai’s Doom, and were the Hammer of Mordecais Doom layed before it was wished away by the Dweller at the Crossroads.