The ogres north of Gateway Pass require many slaves to work the Mines of Thunderbane. The mines are huge circular pits miles in diameter with thousands of slaves working each one. Thunderbane needs to replenish the slaves that work the mines because he constantly works them to death, so he sends raiding parties out to neighboring regions to pillage any settlements and send back more slaves. Mortigoth is one such settlement that has recently been raided. There are reports of the village having been nearly completely destroyed and the ogres are rounding up the villagers to begin shipping them back to work the mines.