Howling Keep, as seen, is a tiny stone castle, on a low hill in a woodland, consisting of a corner keep, a gate tower, and central yard enclosed by stone walls, and little one room structures against the interior walls. The castle was always seen in a half-ruined state, until rebuilt during the formation of the werewolf city of Howls around it. At that time, the castle was refortified and its footprint was greatly expanded with new yards, towers and walls built off of the original structure.
The first fortifications in the region were as old as around the 500 a.a.H, during the Human-Kanov wars, as it was a contested region between humans and Kanovs.
The stone keep would be build around of the 1700 a.a.H by the Konolardos -one of the porfírios kanov nations- as the tensions between the Kanov and the demons were on the rise: tensions that would end in the Kanovhook wars.
The castro was to protect the western borders of the eastern lands of the Konolardos from the forces of the Black dragons of Brûm and the Dark Legion of Demons, along with other similar fortifications, keeps and watchtowers the Konolardos built during the Kanovhook wars.
With the Campaign of Western Konolardia and the advance of the forces of the lycanthrope demon lord Finsternis at the 1773, the castro was able to hold the first invasion of the demonic dark legion, giving refuge to the kanov families of the region, but will fall at the 1780 a.a.H, with the second invasion of the Lycanthrope king. The castro was sacked and burned, along with all the Kanovs -with their families and possessions- being slain, aside some lucky survivors who told the tale of the howling and yelling of the victims, who were slaughtered by the werewolves in the stone keep. After the fall of the castro, the wooden fortifications and structures were burned, leaving the werewolves the stone keep as a ruin.
Since then, the keep was deemed as cursed by the Kanovs, and for the rest of the Kanovhook wars will only see some scarce use by bandits or werewolf packs as a refuge for short time.
First War of the PowerEdit
After the Kanovhook wars, the ruin was part of the White Fang werewolf clan territory in the newly created 'werewolf kingdom' of Mondwargh. Neither the werewolves or their demon masters gave the ruins a use, aside as a sporadic camp, until the last years of the First War of the Power, when was used to garrison forces, as the Dark Legion massed their last armies against the Empire of Whide Axis, but no recorded battle was fought in the area, but it was briefly used by the marching human-elven army.
Hel the OathbreakerEdit
After that, between the 2223 a.a.H to the 2400 once again the ruins would remain abandoned, until the reign of Hel the Oathbreaker as alpha of the White Fang, who as she grew more paranoid of her own subjects, decided to use the ruins of the fort as her refuge, refurbishing it for her own use. It's supposed this is from when come the name of the Howling Keep, but some say the name may precede the occupation of the White Fang and originated instead from the times of the Kanovhook wars when the werewolf attack of that time violently took the castro.
During the reign of Pumori White Fang, there will be a process of expansion and fortification of the decaying ruins. Around the Castro, a settlement was founded, which soon developed into the city of Howls.