Campaign of the Month: September 2013
Long famed as the highest mountain in the Twilight Peaks, Skytoucher is also infamous as the site of the worst massacre in Crystal Raider history. At the end of the Orichalcum Wars, a vast Theran armada escorted by a fleet of vedettes cut a swath of destruction through the troll settlements of the Great Sword Valley, culminating in the brutal assualt against the moothomes of the Skytoucher mountain. This attack, which devastated the trolls and all but destroyed the once proud Skytoucher Moot, was memoralized forever after as The Battle of Sky Point. Named for the plateau on Skytoucher Mountain where teh Theran’s claim to have accepted the trolls surrender. It should be noted though, that none of the trolls of the Twilight Peaks agree that a surrender of any kind took place. Their version of the Battle of Sky Point, differs greatly from the Theran histories.
What is known for certain is that the Theran’ weapons and spells devastated the Skytoucher moot; countless trolls died in the slaughter their blood staining the sides of the mountain red. Those survivors not taken to Thera in chains had little time to recover from this calamity when another overtook them; the Scourge. With no time to build kaers or knowledge of how to do so, the remnants of the clans sheltered in deep caves and mines that dotted Skytoucher’s slopes. After their re-emergence, the Thundersky moot claimed Skytoucher for their own. To this day, all the trolls of the Twilight Peaks revere it as the place where so many of their brethren fought and died. Partly because of this, other trollmoots have been reluctant to attack the Thundersky moot, giving it a certain amount of respite in which to build up its strength.
In addition to Thundersky settlements, the slopes of Skytoucher Mountain also hold the ruins of pre-Scourge moothomes destroyed in the Battle of Sky Point. The Thundersky moot has left the ruins intact as a monument to the lives of the trolls who died there, and has erected numerous cairns and standing stones nearby to serve as additional reminders. Many young Thundersky trolls go to the ruins for their Rites of Passage; more than a few have reported seeing the ghosts of slain trolls, their spirits unable to rest because of the dishonorable deaths at Theran hands. Rite of Passage candidates who fail to return from the ruins are believed to have been judged unworthy by the spirits of their ancestors, though some say they are simply victims of ghosts with a burning hatred of the living.
Skytoucher’s summit is snowcapped and constantly shrouded in clouds. Near it lie some of the richest deposits of True Air in the Twilight Peaks. Thundersky ships sail through the clouds, trailing nets woven with orichalcum to capture the elemental kernels, which their shipwrights later weave into ship hulls. The Thundersky moot fights occasional battles with their neighbors to the East, the Swiftwinds, over this precious elemental resource (the Swiftwind moot maintains that the True Air around Skytoucher should belong to the moot able to take it). For its part, the Thundersky moot guards Skytoucher mountain and its resources with fanatical devotion. The Thunderskies consider the mountain bought and paid for with the blood of their ancestors, and they aim to keep it.