Five years ago, on a cold winters night, the wizard's tower was suddenly engulfed in a green flame. Several of the wizards human servants were said to have escaped the tower, saying there master had been destroyed by some powerful force that he had unleashed in the depths of the tower. Needless to say, the tower stood vacant for a while after this, but the residents of Gateway along with the night watchmen complained that ghostly blue lights had started appearing in the tower windows at night, that ghastly screams could be heard emanating from the tower at all hours, and goblin figures could be seen dancing on the tower roof in the moonlight. Finally the authorities had a catapult rolled through the streets of Gateway and the tower was battered to rubble. This stopped the hauntings but the townsfolk continue to shun the ruins. Rumor had it that Zenopus escaped his tower and retired down beneath the mountains into his tomb.
Other wizards have since moved into town but the site of the old tower remains abandoned. Whispered tales are told of fabulous treasure and unspeakable monsters in the underground passages below the hilltop, and the story tellers are always careful to point out that the reputed dungeons lie in close proximity to an ancient graveyard.
The small but beautiful community of Gateway was founded years ago, roughly a few years before the fledgling hamlet of Hommlet to the southeast. The town is more of a crossroads than anything else, lying south of the mountains as well as the fabled Elves of Darkenwood, resting quietly near the Sentinel Peaks at the base of Gateway Pass.