The Pillars of Woe was a cavern and gorge located between Gracklstugh and Menzoberranzan.[1]


The Pillars of Woe was located not far south of Menzoberranzan.[2] It was located 25 miles north of Rhazzt's Dilemma and some 20 miles from the Lustrum mine.[3][4]


The Pillars of Woe was a cavern half a mile across with its ceiling a few hundred feet high. There were shelflike caverns on each side and many columns supporting the roof.[5] In the center was a gorge that narrowed between two large columns.[2]


Battle of the Pillars of WoeEdit

In 1372 DR, the Menzoberranyr Army of the Black Spider and the duergar armies of Gracklstugh (under the command of Horgar Steelshadow and the aid of Nimor Imphraezl of the Jaezred Chaulssin) fought their first battle at the Pillars of Woe. It turned out to be an ambush; the duergar were already there when the drow arrived, as was the tanarukk army of Kaanyr Vhok's Scourged Legion, which turned on the drow. At the beginning of the battle, the contingent of House Agrach Dyrr also turned against their fellows. The drow army suffered high losses -- a fourth to a third of their total number -- and were only able to retreat back to Menzoberranzan when a small contingent of House Baenre was sent to cover their backs. The duergar and tanarukk armies continued on to besiege Menzoberranzan.[6]