Legacy of the Crystal Shard
Rising out of the desolate tundra of Icewind Dale is a mountain of giant boulders, piled one atop the other until they narrow to a snow-capped peak. Beasts hunt upon the craggy slopes, giants tread across the broken rills, and dwarves mine its hidden depths. This is Kelvin’s Cairn, the highest point in Icewind Dale and also its heart; all else is fixed by its position relative to the mountain. Although the boulder-strewn slopes look about as stable as a pile of sand, the unusual mountain has stood for as long as anyone can remember. According to the barbarians, the cairn was formed when Tempus, the god of battle, fought Kelvin, a great hero of the frost giants, and slew him on the plain of Icewind Dale. Tempus rent the ground with his axe and took the stones from the earth to heap upon his foe’s corpse, serving as a reminder to others of the consequences of incurring the war god’s wrath. Although the dwarves of Clan Battlehammer live in the valley at the foot of Kelvin’s Cairn, few humans or dwarves make their way onto the mountain’s rocky slopes, and no settlement has ever taken root there. The mountain’s face is largely home to wild beasts, the most dangerous being the crag cat. Many boastful adventurers have set out from Ten Towns with the intent of bringing back a crag cat’s pelt. Those who return often have harrowing tales to tell of being hunted across the mountain’s slopes by the creature they had imagined to be their prey.