Saturday, January 7, 2023

Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #7

 Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States 

Jan 7th 2023 

  • Number: 7 

  • Name: The Crystalheart Spires 

  • Location: Deep in the Tuton Maug. 

  • Population (approx.): None 

  • Brief: The depths of the Tuton Maug, north of the border with Taodeas, is a ridge of peaks running roughly north to south. Some incident, natural, magical, neither or both, it is not known by those currently living, caused the mountains to shed their rock surfaces to reveal the translucent crystal hearts within. The spires sparkle when the sun shines upon the region. The few nearby inhabitants, Dwarves and Ogato Maug (Mountain Folk), say that the Crystalhearts sing when the strong winter winds blow through the region. The Spires are said by some to be a site sacred to or perhaps the birthplace of MalaLoa, an offspring of Malam (Light) and Pala (Earth). 

  • Geography: The Crystalheart Spires consists of a half dozen peaks ranging from 8,000 to 10,000 feet tall where the top 3 to 4000 feet is exposed crystal surfaces. The flat surfaces and razor-sharp edges are rumored to make for a difficult climb (though an ascent has not been recorded in recent history). Crystals reaching coastal markets via Dwarven traders suggest either mining in the earth under the Spires or scrounging of the scree at the base of the mountains. 

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