GeographyThe Issvatn river is rather consistent in width and thus often allows for multiple small river barges or rafts to flank either side of the river and still allow two to three larger vessels like a cog, knarr or longship to traverse the centre-line with ease.
Lake KyrrmaneThis frigid lake sits at the heart of the Halvmane basin and is fed by two glacial rivers from the north west and north east. This lake often freezes during the colder seasons but the water continues to flow out into the Issvatn river from below the ice. Lake Kyrrmane is home to many species of flora like the , fish and other aquatic creatures.
Hot springsAlong the base of the Halvmane Mountains, clusters of hot springs can be found at a few points not far from the river amongst the hills and boreal forests. One such location of hot springs is along the south-western bank of Lake Kyrrmane and is named Foryngende Laug. Popularised by the additional services the staff provide, such as scented oils, massages, alcohol and food. Cabins are provided around Foryngende Laug for those looking to have an extended stay, enjoy the hot springs and services provided for a while longer. A few of the local wild animals have been seen basking in the warmth of the hot pools, relaxing for a while before continuing about their day.
Issvatn RapidsA series of whitewater rapids cut through the landscape forming rocky green cliffs, dangerous overhangs and tight turns against the eastern mountain bases. These rapids serve as both a waning sign and a distance marker for the upcoming waterfall. Many unsuspecting wanderers, careless adults and children have fallen victim to the rapids' violent waters. Often only discovered after the body reaches the pool beneath the upcoming waterfall, locals have begun to add simple fencing near areas of strong rapids.
WaterfallNorth of , rocky waters lead up to a grand plunge waterfall that overhangs a large alcove.
The waterfall is flanked by slopped cliffs that meander their way down to the river's surface. These sloping cliffs allow for paths and roads to be built alongside the river and permit the transportation of goods by land to areas north of the capital - Valenheim. This large waterfall separates the two levels of Issvatn and prevents sailing past Valenheim to Lake Kyrrmane, preventing access via water to in the Halvmane mountains.
Situated along the river, north of Vagrvik, is embedded along the eastern bank and has a small secondary fort on the western bank. The fort and fortress allow for a large spiked chain to span the width of the river cutting off access for vessels in the event of an attack or to stop unpermitted vessels.
In addition to the large chain, three catapults are staged to hurl oil pots and a small two-man ballista with standard bolts or optional fire-basket bolts could be used. Both structures are wrapped in a wet moat that has been pierced by large vertical logs to prevent boats from sailing through whilst still allowing the water to flow unimpeded.
Among the Halvmane Mountains, there resides
A dominion of high regard
Beside a river, both vast and wide
Whose name, Okse, shall not be tarred. The Issvatn flows from mountain base
Relentless from the north
With winding waters one could face
And cold rapids push forth Though if one’s angst is met with pride
And perseverance holds
They’ll find the ice water subside
Where calmer breadth unfolds In The Dominion, duality
Mirrors river and folk
Sometimes a battle to pull free
Of nightmares... before they woke