Dun Khoria is a mountain claimed by the Eknarlinem Dwarves for centuries, only recently (33 years ago) was the first expedition dispatched to begin mining. Instead of the projected bounties of precious stones and metals, they found only the lowest grades of coal and common rock. After the first 10 years of deep exploratory cuts, the Expedition leader, Gishdist Zanor, submitted his first request to abandon Khoria’s mines, citing it as a waste of Eknarlinem’s resources. His superiors were slow in their response, but two years later, a messenger arrived stating that Gishdist’s superiors agreed with his assessment and would be sending no further supplies or material to Dun Khoria. Gishdist then asked when the expedition was expected back, as the pack up and reclamation of the camp would be a lengthy process. He was informed that the message included no orders to stop work or to dismantle equipment. The miners protested loudly and Gishdist sent a parcel back with the messenger requesting orders to cease work so that they might lawfully return home to prepare for their next expedition to bring wealth and glory to their ancestral warren. Six years later a message arrived stating merely that the mining council had deliberated and decided to deny his request for resumption of supplies and material, along with a copy of Gishdist’s 10 year summation and recommendation, with the pertinent passages underscored. Infuriated, he resubmitted his request for disembarking orders in triplicate and in very small words. After three more grueling years, he was informed that due to a fire in Eknarlinem’s holdings, records of his (and most of his expedition’s) family lineage had been destroyed, so they had no official way to verify that he had any right to return home. Also, due to structural problems resulting from the fire, many estates of absent dwarves had been tunneled and destroyed to provide emergency state offices. The message explained that due to these unfortunate events, Ekarlinem could not spare any material support to the expedition at Dun Khoria. As a postscript, the message inquired what reason Gishdist had for delaying the shipments of wealth and minerals from the heavily mined mountain.
This record is common knowledge, as Gishdist Zanor engraved it in it’s entirety on the stone siding of the main mine entrance. It is the single best piece of craftdwarfship in all of Dun Khoria (Gishdist took two whole years engraving it). He finished it around midsummer of the expedition’s 23rd year and hung himself from a scaffolding that night.
His chief provisionor Nakbab Bom took over and has been expedition leader for over 10 years.