Grasp of the Terran Empire
The wide, sloping base of this massive column is built up with streets, walls, and hundreds of elaborate structures. A few glimmer with faint illumination, here and there, lanterns shed purple illumination in small pools separated by gulfs of shadow. Portions of the small city are completely collapsed and obviously abandoned, though others show clear signs of habitation and upkeep. A great wall surrounds the lowest edges of the city, and upon that edifice, hundreds of rusty spikes point to the caverns high ceiling. Rotting heads adorn scores of those spikes.
Pedestal is a Drow city-state, known for its access to the Underdark frontier beyond and beneath the Sullen Sea. A prolonged but successful war with the Duergar has weakened the city, leaving sections of the it in disrepair. The Drow of this city maintain an alliance with the inhabitants of Sanctuary.