|Opened||15 Saunas 1043|
In 1043, in the bowels of Snowflake Manse, enchanters of the Witch Horde, cast the last binding spells on the artifacts Blizzard and Firestorm. Such great magic was used in their creation that it tore a hole in the Web of Magic. Expansion was stopped by weave spiders, but it could not be closed. Known as Caina Nexus, this hole is an inter-system rift linking the worlds Bal-Kriav and Caina. The opening is a large blue-white sheet of ice that is easily mistaken for the icy fields of Chemosh.
Caina Nexus, like other rifts, are rips in the Web of Magic, and those that remain open can often change the lands around it. The presence of Caina Nexus in Hells Womb resulted in the lowering of temperatures in the surrounding glacier, new arrivals from an alien world, and a belt of abnormal weather patterns called the Temporal Zephyr.
To the north of the glacier and its rift is the evergreen forest of Laucentar. Some believe the rift's magical emanations, perhaps a product of the tear in the Web of Magic, caused this forest to be better known as Steel Pines; with wood greatly harder than normal.