Scales of War
The TRUE Queen of the Drylands
The Queen of the Drylands found the elemental rift into the Karak Lode from the Elemental Chaos. With the funding of some unknown entity, she was able to reopen the mines and begin supplying the ore to her mystery purchasers. Recently, there was a call for even more ore, and production was being ramped up to meet the demand. It is clear that Shephatiah does not even know who she is working for.
The Hordebane defeated Queen Shephatiah in an epic battle, and then buried the elemental rift by collapsing the cavern (27 Goodmonth, 1468 CY)