Mysteries of the Nentir Vale
Shadowed Chain Cult
The Shadowed Chain cult is a part of the Glintshield Tribe. They are a mystery to the other clan members. Those inducted into the priestly sect swear secret oaths and perform mysterious rites.
The Shadowed Chain dwarves can be distinguished from the rest of the Glintshield clan due to the tattoos they bear. A chain tattoo starts under each eye and runs down the face (and under the beard) and shoulders to the arms and wrists, making it look as if each wrist bears a manacle. Such imagery of imprisonment and servitude is considered a great dishonor in typical dwarven culture, given that the race freed itself from slavery to giants in the ancient past but such imagery would not be unusual among followers of Torog, the evil god of jailers and torturers whom superstition holds will crawl up from the Underdark to claim those who speak his name aloud.
Long ago, the dwarves robbed Stonefang the titan of several body parts and lured him to this cavern. Once he followed, the dwarves weakened the titan by placing his severed body fragments in special magic circles. Then they forced him into the pit in the center of the room, sealing him inside with prayers to Morad in. Unfortunately, their prayers were not enough. The prison they crafted wasn’t going to hold the titan for long, so the desperate dwarves turned to Torog, the god of prisons. Thus there are two altars around the pit in this chamber-one to Moradin, the other to Torog along with the magic circles.