Jagged titans of rock and ice
The rocky sentinels of the Lord of Earth tower over us, scraping against the sky, and even grown men tremble in awe of his power.
GeographyLocated on the continent of Caia, the Teeth form a natural border between the countries of Kaien and Serukis, extending for 1312 miles in a shallow arc. The mountains themselves are not currently disputed territory between the two nations, as they are inhospitable and unsuited for human civilisation.
The Teeth contain some of the highest mountains in Etrea - in fact, measuring from sea level, this mountain range contains the top three tallest mountains in the world. The highest mountain, dubbed The Lord's Throne, is 8574m high. The next highest, The Spire, is 8430m high, and the third, Widow's Peak, is 8258m high. Often the summits of these mountains are hidden in the clouds, though on clear days they can be seen from miles away.
HistoryThe Teeth were formed around fifty million years ago when two large continental plates collided. The Teeth play a major role in early Seruic history. In 3830 EA, the first Seruic people crossed The Teeth from Kaien to escape an oppressive regime and settle in a free land. Not the most auspicious start to Seruic history, this crossing was marred by tragedy, death, and cannibalism. Over a hundred years later, in 3959 EA, a Kaienese army led by Gabriel Sutton, disappeared without a trace in the pass now known as Gabriel's Folly. Historically, The Teeth have been home to several clans of ice dragons. They have not been seen since the dragons vanished from Caia in 4803 EA.
ExpeditionsThere have been a number of expeditions over the centuries from adventurers, pilgrims, and scholars seeking to summit some of the tallest mountains in The Teeth. No successful attempts at climbing either The Lord's Throne or The Spire have been recorded, though several people have claimed to have got close.
Some of the most famous attempts to summit these mountains are the ones that have ended in tragedy. In 5001 EA, a group of thirty men set out on a climb up The Spire, calling themselves the Spirelings. Only two of these men returned. In 4560 EA, a group of twelve, including four women, set out to summit The Lord's Throne. This group is now known as the Dent Party, after their leader, Mikhail Dent. None of them survived.
Natural ResourcesThe Teeth are formed largely of a mixture of sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. There is a large concentration of limestone, a legacy of the fact the rocks making up The Teeth used to be under ancient seas. There are also large deposits of marble. On the Kaienese side of the mountains, both limestone and marble are quarried for use in building work.
A chunk of raw Seruic sapphire
In the foothills on the Seruic side of the mountains, there are also large concentrations of igneous granite. This granite is quarried for use in building, as it is much more practical for the Seruic than the limestone and marble that exist at higher elevations there. Also in this area, there are a number of large sapphire mines. Seruic sapphires are famous both across the continent of Caia and further afield. They are most often deep blue, though some greyish-blue and brown ones have also been found. These gemstones are exported all over the world.
Notable MountainsThe Lord's Throne: 8574m above sea level
The Spire: 8430m above sea level
Widow's Peak: 8258m above sea level
Faolan's Hand: 5693m above sea level
Mountain PassesThe Throat
PilgrimagePilgrims from Serukis often make the trek to one of the smaller mountains in The Teeth, a peak called Faolan's Hand (5693m). The Teeth have long been considered sacred to the Seruic people, often being referred to as the sentinels of Faolan, Lord of Earth. About two thirds of the way up Faolan's Hand, a temple known as the Shrine of Stone has been constructed and pilgrims travel there to make offerings and to pray in quiet contemplation. Around ten priests live and work there full time.
by Sam Power
The blizzard rolled in as darkness did. We are huddled in our tent as the wind howls outside, pressed together for warmth. Lords, I've never been so cold. The single oil lamp is barely warm. Bryce dropped one of the packs somewhere outside. I suggested he go out and look for it, but it's too dangerous right now. Too easy to get lost. Tam says the storm could last for over a week. I hope he's wrong.