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Eiselcross lies north of the Greying Wildlands of Wildemount in the Frigid Depths. It is a group of imposing icy islands, known collectively with the Wildlands as the "Biting North". The site of the crash of the Pre-Calamity floating city-state of Aeor,[1] it is the location of multiple strange artifacts and powerful beasts.[2]

Description

Fan art of sunrise in Eiselcross, by @hierothraxs.[art 2]

Fan art of the entrance to A5, by Leo Ramos.[art 3]

Eiselcross is considered part of Wildemount overall, but it is a frozen arctic area separated from the mainland by the Frigid Depths.[3] Most of its islands are open snowy tundra, blizzard-scarred landscapes, and gray and white stone mountains.[4]

Transporting to Eiselcross by magical means is hazardous, so visitors tend to travel by sea.[5] While the shortest sea route between the Empire and Foren would be via Icehaven or Bysaes Tyl, the Frigid Depths there are extremely dangerous, and therefore most people prefer to go through Palebank Village in Uthodurn.[6]

The ballista used in Bazzoxan was partially constructed from "something" recovered in Eiselcross.[7]

Official art of Eiselcross, by GalacticJonah.[art 4]

Geography

Eiselcross consists of a collection of eight icy islands, some of which have small, snow-covered mountain ranges:[8]

Beissel

The third largest island, it is also the farthest north, and the home of white dragons.[8]

Dampfkan

The location of an active volcano.[8]

Foren

Main article: Foren

Eiselcross's largest island and the site of the ruins of Aeor.

Frostbogen

Little is known of this island save that it is incredibly dangerous; a large Cerberus Assembly expedition to Frostbogen once disappeared with no trace.[8]

Gelier

Eiselcross's second-largest island, it holds the body of Quajath the Undermaw, and its wormkins.[8]

Kaltsel

The smallest of the islands, located southeast of Foren and rumored to be home to a warlock of Asmodeus, Mynarc Furdahl.[8]

Schneescel

This small island lies southwest of Foren and is beset by a constant blizzard, possibly caused by an Aeorian relic.[8]

Taergoss

Eiselcross's second smallest island is a popular spot for fishing vessels to anchor overnight, but strange wails can be heard from the center of the island; few leave their ships.[8]

Fauna

Eiselcross holds many creatures that have lived there for at least a millennium, and which are extremely dangerous.[9]

Society

Wildfolk of Eiselcross

A small nomadic human and halfling tribe of wildfolk has lived in Eiselcross for many years. They live a simple life, worshiping forces of nature, and deliberately avoid the Aeorian ruins.[8]

Allowak Yetis

A small group of yetis were changed by an Aeorian crystal, and their intelligence increased. They have since lived in a small society called Allowak's Sanctuary, and mostly avoid outsiders.[21]

History

Eiselcross was believed to be mostly unpopulated because of its near-polar location, with only a small Uthodurnian fishing village named Syrinlya on the largest island of Foren. Beginning in the late 700s PD,[22] however, some strange artifacts were found within the ice and were traded south. This drew the attention of the Dwendalian Empire, who founded the outpost of Balenpost to further their explorations of what they believed to be the lost ruins of Aeor.[23]

As of 836 PD, many nations had become interested in the potential wealth of knowledge and power that could be found within Aeor, and tensions had been and remained high between Empire and Kryn Dynasty representatives, even prior to the War of Ash and Light.[24]

References

  1. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 121.
  2. See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46) from 1:12:46 through 1:14:24.
  3. See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46) at 1:13:10.
  4. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 1:33:45.
  5. See "Frigid Propositions" (2x109) at 3:42:44.
  6. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 1:35:29.
  7. See "Causatum" (2x70) at 1:21:41.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 123.
  9. See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46) at 1:13:45.
  10. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 12:30.
  11. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 13:47.  Matt confirms that the oozes the party encountered in the previous episode were black puddings.
  12. See "Ice and Fire" (2x121) at 2:29:04.
  13. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 3:15:16.
  14. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 122.
  15. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 0:13:28.  Matt calls the ice crystal creatures from the previous episode "frozen elementals".
  16. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 3:25:33.
  17. See "Aeor" (2x132) at 0:29:26.
  18. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 12:23.
  19. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 12:26.
  20. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 2:11:12.
  21. See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, pp. 123–124.
  22. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 1:35:21.  In 836 PD Matt refers to this as beginning about half a century ago
  23. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 1:35:21.
  24. See "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 1:37:01.

Art:

  1. Fan made map of Eiselcross (cropped from a larger image), by West Haberlein (source). Used with permission.
  2. Fan art of sunrise in Eiselcross, by @hierothraxs (source). Used with permission.
  3. Fan art of the entrance to A5, by Leo Ramos (source). Used with permission.
  4. Official art of Eiselcross, by GalacticJonah (source). Used with permission.
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