The Greatest Question of All
“Every visitor to Dortin wants to know why the sewers still work.
Most buildings in the city have running water, some have hot water, and flush toilets are not unknown here. All this despite the fact that there hasn’t been anything resembling a Department of Public Works in 400 years. The works should be long since silted up and crumbled, but something maintains the miles of tunnels, thousands of manholes and storm drains, the shafts and pumping stations, intakes and outflows. This is not to mention the fact that the sewers are used as a dumping ground by those with inconvenient bodies to dispose of, which ought to create a monster problem. Yet there are few problems with large predators. Naturally, these mysteries are the source of persistent rumors. Some say the Moleman, civic hero of the War of 600, is still alive in the sewer system. Others who frequent The Subterrane for their own purposes, such as citizens who visit the ossuaries to commemorate relatives, claim to have encountered organized groups of undead performing maintenance and construction tasks underground. The one certain thing about any of this is that attempts to clean up or renovate the sewers inevitably end in disaster, causing freak floods, plagues of vermin and supernatural phenomena. Whatever ecosystem that exists there is poorly understood and most citizens prefer it be left alone. Adventurers who make it known that they intend to explore The Subterrane in order to hunt the Moleman are often dissuaded, sometimes forcefully."