Snowflake Manse

Snowflake Manse
RegionHells Womb
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Snowflake Manse is a blue ice complex sited at the head of the Chemosh glacier. Built by the great wizard Foropode, it was made decorative, not one to resist general siege; magic was to defend against that. Moreover, for nearly fifty years until his "ice entombing", he was one of Brucrumus's mightiest mages.

Foropode employed enslaved Thrallrir and frost giants, using them to build his manse's sprawling construction. While this was going on, he terrorized the area around, extorting weaker peoples and battling those that did not pay him tribute. It was not all bad, with Foropode spending a lot of time creating many powerful magic items with an icy focus.

On 2 Temporal 555, Foropode was entombed in ice by Gaufthaur Drugnod, leader of the Drugnod Empire. Taken away, Snowflake Manse became the home of Foropode's former slaves, then came a family of white dragons, and others who hold it for a while till something stronger or more cunning comes along.

In 1033, Snowflake Manse was raided by a large Theegan war party. They found Foropode's secret library and one of his hidden vaults. The books were taken to their witch leaders at Incubus. Ten years later, after many failed attempts, the witches went to Foropode's old arcane forging area. There they used Foropode's lore to create one of the most powerful items ever forged by mortals, the artifact Blizzard. So great was the magic used in its creation, that it ripped a tear in the Web of Magic, creating the rift Caina Nexus.

Snowflake Manse is the lair of frost giants, white dragons, yeti, and a host of other ice-dwelling creatures. North of the area is the Laucentar Forest. These woodlands, along with the treacherous mountains surrounding the keep make the place very difficult to reach. At the heart of the castle is a giant tower shaped like an icicle. This magical structure periodically shoots forth a shower of icicles into the surrounding glacier, usually freezing and killing any in their path.

The area around this place, twenty miles in all directions, is unnaturally cold. Some say the very structure is rooted to a distant icy world, a sort of cork plugging a rift. This is extreme cold where those not properly protected by magic or natural cold defenses, will perish.

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