Centuries ago, a great and vile minotaur kingdom existed where this small settlement now sits. It eventually fell into civil war and collapsed into ruin.
A hundred years ago, a dwarven mining company established a small colony within a part of the ruins. They thrived, selling the gems and other riches of the deep with the outside world.
5 years ago, the colony came under new leadership, when forces loyal to the queen organized a coup. Shapeshifter agents infiltrated each of the merchant houses. In a single night of terror, they poisoned nearly every member of the ruling merchants. A company of orcs and goblins swooped in and seized power. Day to day leadership was assumed by one of the queens loyal brutes.
The town remains semi-independent, but the queens thugs are always present to enforce her decree if necessary.
300 inhabitants (majority are dwaves and gnomes),
50 red hand soldiers (mostly hobgoblins)