Stahlgaard Mountains

Also known as the Frostmourne Mountains, these jagged, broken peaks form a nearly impassible barrier to land travel along the northern border and are laced with ice and snow and rich in mineral deposits, most notably copper, iron, silver, and gold, as well as bloodstone (heliotrope), hematite, and a variety of corundum gemstones (ruby, sapphire, etc.). Its steep slopes and inclement weather make mining difficult, but well-worth the hardship. A constant cold wind from the Stahl Glacier that rests at their center howls through the peaks, bringing freezing fogs that sweep down from the heights to threaten those who dare its borders, similar to the freezing mists and fogs that seem to surround the region. These icy winds also occasionally bring terrible storms with weird magical phenomena, such as red snow that smells (and tastes) like blood and colored lightning bolts that explode with random magical effects.

Little more than a mist-shrouded expanse of snow- and ice-covered “arctic desert,” the glacier is primarily home to a variety of snow algae (cold-loving algae with a dark, reddish-pink hue), snowflake and ice lichens (lichen-like plants that resembles crystals of ice and snow), and snow- or iceflowers (edible, tumbleweed-like plants, found in vivid purple, yellow-green, pink, and red hues in crevices in the ice and rock, or blown about by icy winds), as well as “ice worms” (black, blue, grey, or white, worm-like creatures that live on meltwater, snow algae, and lichen, and can grow to be as long as a man’s arm), snow frogs (small, white-skinned frog-/toad-like creatures with pale blue warty lumps that feed on ice worms), and icejacks (plump, thick-furred, slow-moving, snow-white hares that feed on snowflowers and the few hardy plants that push their way up through the snow). Other notable creatures include snow snakes (white-furred, icy-blooded constrictors that wait buried in the snow for their prey), and a few herds of ghost rothé (white-furred, musk ox-like creatures about the size of bison, with curving horns, cloven hooves, and long, shaggy coats of thick hair, that feed primarily on lichen and snowflowers), as well as the odd white-furred (or -feathered) “arctic” badger, owl, fox, condor, caribou, bear, or giant spider, who feed on either snowflowers, ice worms, snow frogs, icejacks, snow snakes, rothé, or each other, as is their taste.

Stahlgaard Mountains

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