The island known as Kalta'Goor is but one of many unexplored regions of Northern Sarvonia. The name "Kalta'Goor" is orcen, meaning "Ice Fangs" or "Ice Maw", probably because of the twin mountain peaks that dominate much of the island. Located in the Ice Sea, northwest of the peninsula of Caaehl'heroth, much of the historical details surrounding this island are a mystery. Contemporary research has uncovered several links between the island and the Aeh'os'th'er'oc orcen clan. One intrepid researcher, Ihea Miwone, a Kasumarii expert on ice drakes, spent over ten years and partook in six expeditions to Kalta'Goor exploring the island. She was convinced that the rare Guldorian snow drake, also known as the "White Drake" and the "Ivorine Drake" made their home on the island. Ihea discovered far more than she thought possible and her work answered a few of the many questions surrounding the mysterious island.
Picture description. The snow covered island of Kalta'Goor far up in the North of Caelereth, also known as "Ice Fang Isle". Pic by Seeker.
According to Ihea's journals, Kalta'Goor is largely a land of ice and snow. The
island is dominated by two mountain peaks. The name "Kalta'Goor" is thought to
originate from a now extinct
dialect called "Org'kom'gh". It roughly translated means "Ice Fangs". The sea
surrounding the island is thick ice and a ship wouldn't make it within six to
eight peds of the shore
without having to stop before crashing into the ice shelf. The sky is
perpetually overcast with light snow falling at all hours of the day and night.
When stepping foot on the island, the snow is deep, sometimes up to half a ped. Travel is slow through the thick snow, which is pristine white and undisturbed of footprints or trails. Immediately, the two mountain peaks can be seen rising up into the clouds from anywhere on the island. The tips of which are forever hidden in the thick, grey clouds that hang low over the ground.
As one moves farther inland, the snow maintains an estimated thickness of between one palmspan to half a ped. A traveler must forge their way slowly into the snow while hiking cautiously over the stony ground underneath. Snowshoes are recommended when traveling over such deep snow as fortunately, the cold and damp sleet hardens the snow turning it into a hard surface. In her journals, Ihea found little evidence of any kinds of bodies of water such as lakes or streams except for a small half frozen stream on the western side of the island. It is surmised that, much like the western stream, any other bodies of water would no doubt be frozen underneath many palmspans of snow and ice.
Surrounding the island, the sea is very icy with large pieces of broken ice floating randomly in the water. Approximately four to seven peds from the shore, there is a solid, unbroken shelf of ice that renders any traveling ship impossible to get close to. Only by leaving the ship and walking over the ice can a traveler get to the shore.
The eastern shores of the island are dominated by high, jagged rocks that protrude from the snow. It is here that one of the mountain peaks slope down close to the water line. The jagged rocks make foot travel difficult as the surface is unstable with many rocky pits and spikes.
The southern shore is marked with six ice caves that begin about four peds from the shore line. Three of the six caves run deep into the mountain and have low ceilings with long, sharp fingers of ice that stab downward. Traveling through the caves is hazardous because if one tries to stand fully, the ice spikes would easily stab into one's skull. The ground surface is a mixture of ice and solid soil. Without a source of light, it is impossible to travel further into the caves for more than six to eight peds.
The western shoreline is mostly flat ground with a few boulder piles sitting randomly near the ice shore. The mountainside here is not as smooth as the other areas and contains many high cliffs and rough surfaces. Most likely, the boulders are a result of a landslide that looks to have sheared away some of the mountainside. The snow here is quite deep and almost impossible to cross in the high winter months. Along a running section of area, the snow is not quite as deep, perhaps just a few palmspans. The shallow snow runs up into the mountain side into a narrow valley. Upon digging through the snow, a stream can be found, half frozen and covered with a thin sheet of ice.
The northern seed of the island is quite impossible to explore fully as it contains the deepest snows and there is hardly any flat surface to cross. The mountainside comes up directly to the shoreline leaving very little flat area. However, a single ice cave can be seen from the western side of the island, but access to the cave has proven impossible as it is located high up the mountainside.
Location. Kalta'Goor is located northwest of the peninsula of Caaeh'heroth in Northern Sarvonia. The island is part of a group of islands and peninsulas that surround the Ice Sea. To the east of Kalta'Goor is the Icelands of Aeh'Os'th'er'oc, where the rare ice dragons makes their home. To the southwest is a very tiny island called Krooj, while a small distance further south is Kalta'Goor's sister island, Karma’Goor, which contains the ruins of a possible orcen village called Hol'mangar. The name Karma'Goor roughly translated means "Ice Maw" in ancient Org'kom'gh. An old story persists among the Osther-Oc that Hol'mangar was a dragon aviary during the Third Sarvonian War, or even possibly during the War of the Chosen.
People. There is little
evidence that Kalta'Goor is, or was, inhabited by any specific race or tribe.
The island is so remote and largely inaccessible that it is doubtful that any
race could travel there easily. And, there is little evidence of any flora or
fauna that could subsist anyone living there.
One possible theory brought forth by the researcher Ihea Miwone is that the island once was visited by a little documented orc tribe called the Aeh'Os'th'er'oc, for which the nearby icelands are named. The Aeh'Os'th'er'oc are thought to be a small clan related to the much larger Osther-Oc tribe who dwell on the mainland Caaehl'heroth. It is possible that at one time, the Aeh'Os'th'er'oc had perhaps a small village or outpost on Kalta'Goor during the past.
Ihea found such evidence when she crossed the eastern ice shelf of the island. There, half buried in snow and ice, were blocks of ice and a few stone monuments protruding from the ground. Ihea surmised that perhaps whoever may have settled the island long ago carved for themselves shelters made of ice blocks and snow. The stone boulders were carved with runes and lettering thought to be ancient Org'kom'gh. The island of Karma'Goor to the south contains some ancient ruins that are more extensive known as Hol'mangar, so it would be safe to assume that Kalta'Goor was also settled. One of the biggest unanswered questions is: what happened to the settlement? Why did the Aeh'Os'th'er'oc abandon the islands? Did the snow drakes drive the orcs out?
Climate. The climate of the island of ice is not a varied one. Being located so far north, the island is trapped in perpetual winter with even the summer season bringing very little sunshine and warmth. Snow fall is constant all over the island with heavy snow falling during seven months of the year along with freezing rain and low fog. Summer months bring warmer temperatures (still very cold however) with winter months bringing harsh, blizzard-like conditions with biting winds that blow from the Ice Sea.
Flora. The near constant snowfall and overcast skies make for a harsh environment for many kinds of flora that would require sun and hardy soil. Hence, one would not find many kinds of green flora on the island.
However, one such unique flower does grow on the island and that is the tear frost flower. The flower is unique in that it can grow in cold, hard soil and the seedling pushes its way through the snow to produce fantastic translucent blooms. The leaves of the flower are a shimmering light blue in colour with pure white stalks. The plant requires little to no sunshine and the cold climate enhances its blooms.
Fauna. Kalta'Goor is
known to be one of the few locations where the rare and beautiful
snow drakes are known to live.
Although no nests have ever been seen or studied, Ihea had the pleasure to watch
a snow drakes hunt their sole source
of food - the pinnip seal.
The Guldorian snow drake is covered along its eight-ped-long-body in white coloured fur, rather than the hard scales or thick skins typical to drakes, undoubtedly an aid against the colder climates and higher altitudes it will sometimes fly to. There are no noticeable horns or spikes on the body, but it does have two delicate looking ears that tip back from its head. The eyes are golden, with deep black pupils set in an elongated face. The four black claws contrast rather sharply with the whiteness of the beast, and the paws are almost hand-like in shape. The wings span somewhere between sixteen and twenty peds, and rather than the thin skin of most drakes they sport long white feathers, making them very capable fliers.
The Snow Drake Dines. "During my third
expedition to Kalta'Goor, my team of explorers consisted of an
Osther'Oc guide, two
dwarven adventurers and a
Erpheronian ranger. We ventured
around the east side of one of the mountains, keeping low to the shore. I heard
barking noises, like a dog, only deeper and longer. We waited in between two
large boulders and watched as a group of
pinnip seals crawled upon an ice shelf to bask. Several of them had fish in
their mouths and were quickly devouring them. The seal's social gathering was
truly astounding to watch but not as much as what happened within the next few
It is evident therefore that
the pinnip seal makes a home on the
island and serves as a food source for the
snow drake. One of the
seal's favourite prey is the
silverpearl fish. These fish thrive in the ice waters around the Ice Sea and
provide the seals with a hearty meal.
The seals store thick fat on their
bodies that enable them to withstand the cold climate. Ihea Miwone suggests in
her brief research that the drakes
do not hunt the seals often and
perhaps the drakes only feed
irregularly throughout their lives. The
seal sightings on the island are numerous, which suggests that the island is
perhaps one of the breeding ground locations for the
Resources. The island of Kalta'Goor has no natural resources to speak of as there is no evidence that the ancient Aeh'Os'th'er'oc tribe ever produced any natural resources from the island. However, Ihea surmises that the tear frost flower fern could possibly be used as a magic reagent and be quite valuable in performing spells from the Ximaxian water school of magic. The flower's cold properties and unique way of survival among the cold climate of the island could perhaps be studied further by a trained herbalist.
The island also contains many varieties of crystals buried under the mountains that could be mined and used in jewelry, as reagents or for other uses. Ihea Miwone found several such crystals crushed and scattered around some of the ice caves, perhaps as a result of the snow drake's digging through the ice to make a nest. The crystals were multi-coloured in hues of blue, white, purple, and deep black.
Myth/Lore. As previously mentioned, the name Kalta'Goor is thought mean "Ice Fangs" in the now little used orcen dialect called Org'kom'gh. According to the lore of the reclusive orcs of the Icelands of Aeh'os'th'er'oc, it is told that the island was long inhabited by dragons. The story goes that after the War of the Chosen, the remaining dragons fled to the nearby island and dwelt there away from civilization. The orcen colonists settled Karma'Goor for a time, and aptly named it "Ice Fangs" in honour of the twin mountains that dominate much of the region.
One possible reason that the colony was abandoned was perhaps the harsh climate proved to be too much for the orcs. However, this explanation is not viewed as legitimate as the current home for the orcs, the Icelands of Aeh'os'th'er'oc, are not much warmer or more hospitable than the island. The second reason is that perhaps the snow drakes drove the orcs off the island. The question being then, why settle on an island known to be inhabited by drakes? Ihea surmised that perhaps the orcs were dragon hunters who pursued the drakes for food or trophies. The smaller snow drakes were a friendlier game than the massive ice dragons and thought to be easier to kill perhaps. Rumors persist that the Aeh'os'th'er'oc eat dragon meat to this day so perhaps the beast's meat has been a dietary staple for the tribe for centuries.
The southern sister island of Karma'Goor holds one of the two settlements among the islands, Hol'mangar. It is believed that this settlement was once a thriving orcen colony long ago with the inhabitants working to draw out the islands' natural resources. However, the colony has long been abandoned and as Ihea writes in her journals, she visited the ruins of the colony only briefly and found several archaic pictures carved into some stones depicting dragons fighting in a great battle. Similar stones and runes were found on Kalta'Goor possibly indicating that both islands were settled at one point with Hol'mangar being the larger colony.
Could these runes be a picture from the War of the Chosen? One can't be sure. If it is, then perhaps whoever carved the pictures had first hand knowledge of drakes living on the islands long ago, and while the orcen settlers disappeared, the drakes lived on.