Punishment in the world of Avernum: Escape From the Pit is severe. All criminals are sent through a portal and banished to an underground prison called Avernum. Most criminals have been punished for committing heinous acts against humanity, but you did the unspeakable; you spoke out against the cruel Emperor Hawthrone. The Empire rules the entire surface world with an iron fist. As prisoners of Avernum, you must find your way back to the surface and regain your freedom.