SSED Field ReportIcecap Project, Record #223F - Our continued excavation and analysis of glacier layers throughout the work site have shown results hinting that in ancient times Igoris may have once boasted a warmer climate with a much larger diversity of life. Each core cut from throughout our 64 sites of research shows materials consistent with a warmer climate, with a variety of biomes ranging from dense tropical forests to arid deserts found in an assortment throughout the cores. Our team is hoping to take additional samples spread across the ice on the far side of the continent before our residence at the Igoris Outpost concludes in order to confirm this theory, and hopefully construct a map showing the biomes of Igoris during this time period. Each core also contains a layer of magically-charged charred material, layered consistently and evenly across each sample. These layers all correspond to the same time period, which we estimate as somewhere between 800 and 500 in the Historical Fillimet Era. This material marks a clear delineation between the tropical and frozen state of Igoris. We have been unsuccessful in our attempts at analyzing this material and have therefore collected sampled to send back for further study. Artifacts retrieved from Icecap Project Section E4 also hint at the possibility of a permanent settlement in the region during this warm period, prior to the cataclysmic ice event. The team recommends a future expedition include an effort to further investigate this possibility. A full list of these artifacts is included in the appendix of this report record.
Fauna & Flora
Despite its hostile environment the continent of Igoris is home to a small variety of plant and animal life. Most species find shelter within the ocean waters surrounding Igoris or the mountain Peaks of the Igoris Mountains, although some have adapted perfectly to make their home on the vast glaciers forming the flat, barren ice fields of Igoris.
SSED Field ReportIcecap Project, Personal Journal #723ZB - The resident Icefang matron birthed her long-anticipated puppies last night! Such unusual creatures, Icefang appear to be a distant relatives of the Brown Wolves that roamed the forests of my youth, but the way they behave sometimes I wonder if they might simply be some sort of sentient ice? If past Icefang litters are any indication, one of Igoris' famed many-day ice storms will begin tonight. Head Scientist Egris has ordered all personnel back to base to be safe. This means possibly abandoning several delicate experiments to the elements, but experiments are easier to replace than people and we can't spare the resources for another rescue mission until our annual supply shipment next month. Welcome to the loneliest place on Fillimet. But at least we have puppies!
Ice is the most plentiful natural resource of this frozen expanse. There are some minerals of interest in the Igoris Mountains but nothing of sufficient value to encourage any population to go through the trouble to mine them. Igoris does have a surprising array of wildlife for such a frigid environment, and an especially varied collection of fish available offshore in the Lokiran and Min Oceans.