The fort itself is a high-spired keep rising from a bare rocky spur on the side of the mountain named the Gray Watcher. The black stone used to build Darkhold came from a place far from the West-ern Heartlands. Darkhold’s massive doorways, corridors, and ceilings were constructed for giants. Legends variously ascribe the keep’s construction to the days when giants ruled all of Faerun or to elder elementals serving as slaves for the kingdom of Netheril. The Zhentarim hold dominance over Darkhold and their agents strike in all directions at the behest of Zhentil Keep. Any thoughts to take the fort by force of arms is quickly dashed against the reality of the impressive scale of Darkhold’s defensive works and the military might shown by the Zhents against lesser raiding forces.