Coldspike Plains

The Coldspike Plains is the coldest spot on Shireon during winter. Temperatures sink so low you can literally not breathe as the air seems to disappear from the area. Even if it was possible to breathe most living beings would die in less than an hour from being deep frozen.

During summer this area is a more liveable area, though the only thing that grows here is lichen. There are some animals that travel through the area, but nothing stays here through the year. There's usually some Beardoxen who wander through the area while munching on the lichen, and perhaps a winter wolf or two hunting the huge bovines. Other than that the area is more or less lifeless.

There was a year where the Beardoxen didn't leave the Coldspike Plains soon enough, and a herd of five individuals froze to death as winter claimed the area. This was a welcoming sight for the tiny Icewater Tribe living in the settlement called Ikito the next spring as this winter had been especially harsh. Finding five deep-frozen Beardoxen just lying there to use as food, the little tribe was fed for months and had enough leather and Beardox Wool to keep warm through the next winter.

Alternative Name(s)
Plains of Icy Death
Dead Beardox Fields
Type
Desert, Ice
Location under

Isolation

The small settlement of Ikito is stuck between the Coldspike Plains and the sea, making them isolated from the rest of Inmalenor every winter.



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10 Jul, 2019 05:26

Well, well, well, if it isn't your local feedback wizard here to give you some feedback on your articles!   I really like the anecdote about the frozen Beardoxen. It really cements this place as an inhospitable location, filled with peril. Wouldn't want to be caught out there in the winter; I can barely survive subzero weather for a couple of hours, so I'd be downright miserable out there.   Considering that Ikito is an anomaly in the otherwise lifeless plains, you have a great opportunity with the Inmali there. They are surviving in this environment despite all odds, so they need to have very strong adaptations to the terrain. I think Janet mentioned it in her Summer Camp Update for this prompt, but the adaptations of people who live in inhospitable environments are the real stars of an article like this.   My final question is about the summer months. Do the local Inmali have a special ceremony or ritual to mark the passing of the seasons here? If so, what is it?   Alright, I've got one more critique to do for you and then I'll go bother Dhelian instead. See you there :)