Settlements and Sites of the Four City-States #196
July 15th, 2023
Name: Deep Dive on a Site of Interest: Lake Natia Vai of Taodeas Part 7: Dragonette Isle
Location: Central Tuton Maug mountains on Lake Natia Vai
Population (approx.): none
Brief: In the distant past, millennia after the Spire of the Ancients (#194) was formed, Wosen legend relates a second great battle was fought between the gods of skies above and the gods of the fire and earth. The top of Natia Vai was torn asunder and collapsed within itself. In time the smoke cleared, debris settled, and the gods of rain and water filled the caldera creating Lake Natia Via. A time after that, the fires of the underearth struggled to the surface, pushing upward stone and earth forming the single cone-shaped island of the lake.
The wildfolk do not know when the islands only inhabitants, aside from scrub and small trees to the surface, arrived at the island. Some believe a great fire drake used the help of aether-infused waters to shrink itself to hide from enemies, creating a nest for a clutch of eggs that formed the current colony of dragonettes in caves under the surface. Perhaps the drake even created the island itself to hide the clutch. The Wosen druid, Dayn Oaktree (#195), after discovering the small drakes, brought varieties of fish from nearby streams and ponds to the lake and taught the colony to fish. Today one might catch a glimpse of the small bright orange and red winged lizards darting back and forth across the lake, snagging their catch and disappearing into one of the small crevices on the island’s slopes.
Geography: Dragonette Isle is about a half-mile in diameter, rising 700 feet in the air, and sits on the southeast corner of the lake. It is covered with grass, brush and small trees. The surface is pockmarked with ravines, crevices and small caves. Whisps of smoke and puffs of steam drift into the skies. The miniature dragons live in a warren of caves in the depths well below the surface of the lake near a subterranean chamber of magma as wide as the Isle above. The path from the Wosen Altar (#195) to the warrens is a complex and dangerous spelunking expedition requiring descents, ascents and crossing an underground lake. The best path is a closely guarded wildfolk secret but it's by no means easy because there are other creatures in the underdark.