“I forgot to ask this earlier, sir, but what happened to the people that settled in these tunnels? I can’t think of a reason why they would leave. There’s plenty of fresh water, there’s sunlight, and there’s an abundant food source nearby, not to mention the presence of magic seems to be very strong here.” The boy stirred his tea slowly as he looked curiously up at the older mage.
The mage chuckled. “Oh, they didn’t leave because of lack of resources.” He took a handful of dried herbs and crushed them with one hand over the pot of boiling water.
“They were destroyed. Every last man, woman, and child.”