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Eruption of Mt. Darvus

A catastrophic eruption that quite possibly caused The Rupture to begin fifty years ago.

Mt. Darvus is the largest volcano in Anvil and can be seen from miles away. This famous natural landmark has been the heart of scientific research since its eruption fifty years ago as scholars are trying to determine if it was the cause of The Rupture that introduced magic to the world of Melior for the first time, or if it was another impact of the catastrophic event that opened rifts across the realm.    


The volcano had been long dormant for thousands of years until it began its initial venting on Thirday 10th Fireturn 510 2A which lasted four long years until its violent eruption.   On the night of the eruption you could see the ominous black plume rising with the geyser of red death from miles around. More shockingly though was the bright green and purple arcane lightning that stormed through the smoke for a solid five days.   The eruption wiped out many nearby farmholds and settlements (like Clement), causing folks to flee with nothing but their families to the safety of the Nurbotu scar. These survivors eventually made a new home for themselves there and are slowly making a new life as the Nurbotu Scarfolk.    

Arcane or Natural?

Scholars all across Jolundria are investigating the volcano and surrounding area to prove (or disprove) theories that the start of this eruption is what caused the rifts to other realms to start appearing all across Melior.   Ever-glowing rocks locally described as world embers litter the landscape, causing further wildfires and illuminating the midnight slopes of the mountain as if it were populated by the lights of a hundred cities.   The volcano is still spewing forth plumes of black smoke and storms of ash into the sky. Noxious gasses choke the air, and unforgiving rivers of lava flow through Anvil with no signs of stopping.
Thirday, 10th of Fireturn 555 3A
The Rupture
Military Conflict | Jan 15, 2023

The catastrophic and unforeseen event that wrought havoc upon the world, plunging it into complete and utter chaos on an unfathomable scale.

Cover image: by Marc Szeglat on Unsplash


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May 26, 2021 03:26 by Dani

O.O! OH NOOOO...that makes the life of the Scarfolk even more intriguing, as they aren't only working to be respected by others but also busy protecting folk from riftlings. Wow!

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Jun 13, 2021 19:24 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

The arcane storm in the volcano smoke is such a terrifying and wonderful image. Would love to see a picture at some point!

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