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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 snowy mountains of grey and white stone.[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]

Geography

Eiselcross contains two very small ice fishing villages that are expansions of the Dwendalian Empire. Aside from those, it is mostly uninhabited and unvisited.[8] It consists of a collection of eight icy islands, some of which have small, snow-covered mountains ranges:[9]

Beissel

The third largest island, it is also the farthest north, and the home of white dragons.[9]

Dampfkan

The location of an active volcano.[9]

Foren

Main article: Foren.

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

  • Ruins of Aeor: a pre-Calamity floating city that crashed in Eiselcross, currently being excavated by a few outposts for the ancient relics to be found there.
  • Allowak's Sanctuary: a small secret village of intelligent yetis on the island.
  • Syrinlya
  • Balenpost: a small outpost and research facility controlled by the Cerberus Assembly on the island..
  • Fortress of the Dead Jarl
  • River Inferno

Frostbogen

Little is known of this island save that it is incredibly dangerous.[9]

Gelier

Eiselcross's second-largest island, it holds the body of Quajath the Undermaw, and its wormkins.[9]

  • Tomb of the Worm

Kaltsel

The smallest of the islands, located southeast of Foren.[9]

Schneescel

This small island lies southwest of Foren.[9]

Taergoss

Eiselcross's second smallest island is a favorite spot for fishing vessels to anchor overnight.[9]

Fauna

Eiselcross holds many creatures that have spent a millennia or more living there and are extremely dangerous.[10]

History

Eiselcross remained mostly unpopulated because of its near-polar location, having only a small Uthodurnian fishing village named Syrinlya on the largest island of Foren. Over the past half-century, however, strange small artifacts began to be found in the ice there and be traded south, and this drew the attention of the Dwendalian Empire. They created the outpost of Balenpost to further their explorations for what they believed could be the lost ruins of Aeor.[21]

Many nations have become interested in the potential wealth of knowledge and power that would be contained within Aeor, and tensions have been and remain high there between Empire and Kryn Dynasty representatives.[22]

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. See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46) at 1:13:29.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 See Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, p. 123.
  10. See "A Storm of Memories" (2x46) at 1:13:45.
  11. See "Fetching Fables & Frosty Friends" (2x115) at 12:30.
  12. 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.
  13. See "Ice and Fire" (2x121) at 2:29:04.
  14. See "The Tortoise and The Dare" (2x117) at 3:15:16.
  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 "Dinner with the Devil" (2x110) at 1:35:21.
  22. 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.