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Taerel:Umkim Ice Peaks

Place
Place Name:
Umkim Ice Peaks
Other Names:
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Biome:
Ice Peaks
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First Settled:
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Controllers of Umkim Ice Peaks in the following eras:
Stone Age:
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Copper Age:
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Bronze Age:
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Iron Age:
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Ancient Age:
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Middle Age:
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Early Modern Age:
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Industrial Age:
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Machine Age:
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Atomic Age:
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Space Age:
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Information Age:
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Genetic Age:
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Awakening Age:
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History

Umkim Ice Peaks has always been an isolated region. The zu’aan that have inhabited it have kept to themselves, too focused on surviving the frigid temperatures to interact with others. They would trade every once in a while, but that wasn’t often. The climate of Umkim doesn’t allow for much outdoor activity, even for those who have lived in the place their entire lives. One wrong move could spell certain death for even the most experienced. While they’ve tried to stay in for as long as possible, fighting between settlements have happened. With the limited resources, conflict between zu’aan has been unavoidable throughout the region's history. Fighting over the best territory has sometimes painted the white snow red.

The zu’aan of what is now Taiatage City were unable to escape the conflict when they arrived. When the kin’toni hordes spread and forced zu’aan to flee their cities, these zu’aan had already been in the north for generations. When news finally reached them, they decided to move their tribe further north, though it was with great reluctance. They had heard the rumors of scarce resources and the warring zu’aan fighting over them. While they were hesitant, they felt that they had no choice but to push north. When they arrived, just as they had feared, they were drawn into the conflict ravaging the region. But, they had an advantage over the rest of the zu’aan there.


The zu’aan already inhabiting the area were weak from starvation and frostbitten limbs. The area they came from, while cold, was full of resources that aided them in many ways. They were stronger, faster, and healthier thanks to the environment they had lived in. They were able to defeat the zu’aan inhabiting Umkim with relative ease, quickly establishing their claim on the land. The north was a hard place to live in, that only got harder further north. It wasn’t easy to establish Taiatage City. While they were used to the cold, they hadn’t been in temperatures like this. Temperatures that could cause ice to cling to their skin, cause their toes to fall off, or make their blood freeze.

Nights were the worst before they found ways to combat the cold. But they pushed through. They discovered a frozen lake connected to a river, both of which were teeming with fish swimming underneath the ice. This was a viable source of water and food. There was plenty of ice for them to make igloos for them to live in. Trees to the south gave them wood for fire. A rare species of moss growing in the region could also be used for fires, and actually keep the fire burning longer when added to the wood. They were able to survive and truly set down their roots. Every once in a while, they’d have to face kin’toni that found their way north. There were also zu’aan, crazed by the cold and driven by their starvation and dehydration, who would attack them. They were quickly taken care of.

Geography

The Umkim Ice Peaks sits towards the northwest of Taerel. It sits on a plateau that rises up around seven thousand feet. Even though it has a high elevation, it’s not considered a mountain as it has a mostly flat surface. And, only one side of the plateau is raised that high, it slopes down as it goes south. The region spans roughly 6,211 square kilometers. Scattered around the region are giant peaks made of thick ice. Some stretch up to nearly two hundred feet and come to a sharp or square like point. Some have a width of just a few feet, while others have a width of almost a hundred feet.The climate is extremely cold. Officially, summer does not exist. Throughout the year, the temperature does not rise above thirty degrees.

It is pretty much winter all year long. In the “summer,” it stays around the upper twenties during the day and drops to just above zero at night. In the winter, which is far longer than the summer, it is a few degrees below zero during the day and several dozen degrees below zero at night. Instead of rain, snow and hail fall. Summer brings about sporadic hail, while winter is a mix of soft snowfall and blizzards. The snow on the ground can easily grow to several feet high, making it hard to walk through. The ground is always covered in snow.Plant life is sparse due to the frigid temperatures. As with other cold, icy places, there are species of plants that are able to grow in such environments, but there aren’t many.


There are a few trees towards the southern part of the region, but even these have ice covering them and they are bare of any kind of foliage. Some of them even have ice inside of their bark. Most of the animals are birds or mammals. They have thick feathers or wooly fur to protect them from the cold. Taiatage City is towards the southern part of the region. Their homes are igloos made of ice and snow. The constant frigid temperatures keep the igloos from melting even when they’re by fire. Each of the igloos have a small fire pit inside that is constantly burning. The igloos have diameters of nearly eleven feet each, big enough so that the fire isn’t too close to the walls. Even though the temperature keeps the ice from melting, if fire was put right against it, it would melt.

There is a frozen lake a few miles from the city. The ice is a few inches thick, but the zu’aan have been able to make holes that allow them to fish and retrieve water. The lake spans around two hundred square kilometers, making it relatively small. But it does have a depth of nearly five hundred feet. There are fish in the lake and in the river connecting to the lake. The fish are one of the biggest sources of food for the zu’aan inhabiting the area.

Plants

Plant life in the Umkim Ice Peaks is sparse due to the frigid cold weather and often iced covered ground. Trees are probably the sparsest species in the region. There is only one species in the whole region that only grows in the south. Akonac is a rare species of moss native to Umkim. This pale blue, spongy moss grows around the ice peaks scattered throughout the region. Giant clumps cling to the surface of the ice. It thrives on the cold in the air and the ice, taking in the moisture on it. This moss can be used to help keep fire burning. When added with wood, the fire is able to stay burning longer. The zu’aan also use the moss for insulating both their igloos and their clothing.

It can’t be put directly against skin, so they use it as padding within the shirt itself. Akonac has no medicinal benefits, nor is it edible. Eating this moss can cause extreme nausea and fever. Echetine are short trees that grow towards the southern part of the region. They only stretch up to around six feet. Surprisingly, it has a wide, wavy trunk, but most of the inside is covered in ice. There is also a thin layer of ice covering the outside. The bark is a light blue color with speckled spots of white and the wood inside is black. This tree is bare all year round, it doesn’t grow any kind of foliage. The roots are thin, but plentiful, and spread far down into the ground.


Though ice both covers the tree and is within, its long branches are thin and easy to break off. The bark can also be cut off. The branches and bark are used to light fires within the city. Osrary is a small species of flower that grows out of the snow covered ground. It grows up to three inches tall. Its thick and straight, blue stems grow in bunches of six. There are large, silvery blue, spear shaped leaves with ridged edges. The underside of these flowers are a dark blue. These leaves grow at the base of the stem. A pair of leaves grow at the base of the stem, just below the flower. Stellate shaped flowers with light purple, stretched, tear shaped petals sit on top of the stem. They are one of the few colors that stand out against the white snow.

Their roots, despite the small size of the flower, are thick and sturdy. The roots are black in color. These flowers are often covered with thin layers of frost. Osrary grow all over the region, clustering up in some areas, especially around the lake. These flowers are completely edible, from their petals down to their roots. They have a sweet scent wafting from them and have a sweet taste. Osrary can help fight fevers, and is actually what is used to help zu’aan who have ingested ackonac. This flower can also be made into a paste that can be used to stave off frostbite. By rubbing the solution on the skin before going out into the cold, the effects of frostbite are slowed down.

Animals

The majority of animals in the Umkim Ice Peaks are of the mammal and bird species. They have characteristics that help protect them from the cold. Thick feathers, fat, muscles, and thick, wooly fur. Bocate are a breed of large mammal with four limbs. Their limbs are thick and short, so they only grow to a shoulder height of around five feet. Thick, wooly, whitish blue fur covers their mostly round, but slim bodies. They're diurnal and rely on their hearing and extra sense to get around. They do have large, purple, round eyes, but their sight is lacking. Thick wooly fur covers most of their eyes as well to help protect their eyes from the wind, which doesn’t really help with their vision.

They are docile for the most part, but can be extremely territorial. They live in ice caves that have naturally formed in the scattered peaks. They have a diet consisting of small mammals and the occasional fish. Their claws allow them to claw through the ice of the lake to reach the fish. Females give birth to up to three young after mating. Marant are a small breed of fish native to Umkim. They grow to a length of a foot and a half. Their scales are black at the top and transitions to a silvery blue towards the diamond shaped end. Their tails are wispy and translucent along with the three, small dorsal fins. They have thin, narrow, yellow eyes that have adapted to be able to see in the dark depths of the lake.


There are two long, thin barbels beneath their mouths. Their diet consists of the algae and other plant life that grows within the lake, that is inaccessible to zu’aan. Females are a bit larger than males and have rounded scales. They can lay up to fifty eggs after a mating, which happens twice a year. They never mate with the same male twice. Qhenine are a breed of bird that inhabit mostly the southern part of the region. They stand at a height of almost four feet and have a wingspan of a little over five feet. They have a thick skin covered in mostly white feathers with light purple and silvery blue tips. Their beaks are thick, pointed, and black while their round eyes are a frosted blue color with horizontal, slitted black pupils.

They make their nests in the tree towards the south of the region, though they can be seen taking rests on the ice peaks. These birds don’t migrate. They are omnivores with a diet mainly consisting of small mammals. As there isn’t much animal life here, they will occasionally go south, just a few miles from the edge of the region, to hunt for food. They’re rarely gone more than a few hours. Females can lay up to two eggs at a time. They don’t mate for life, but they usually mate around three times a year, with the same male since there aren’t that many around.


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