That is not dead
which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons
even death may die.
At its highest point, Blaurg Mountain (also known as 'Mount Typhaon' or 'Old Father') commands a view as far south as Ignatz, to Patia in the west, and far across the wastelands in the east to the distant Dead Peaks and Shawnee Glacier. The mountain range which it belongs to, the Ouread, boasts the five highest altitudes in the world, with Typhaon standing head and shoulders above his ancient neighbors at an astounding 43,000 feet (13106.4 meters) above sea level. Typhaon's massif includes neighboring peaks Kithaeron (33,000 ft.) and Helikon (32,000 ft.).
Blaurg Mountain's height was first published during the Second Unification by the Langley Expedition. It received its name from Lieutenant Thaddeus Inigo shortly after the founding of Blaurg, during the historically infamous blunder known as Thad's Fall. Captain Erebus Langley wrote extensively about his travels through the Ouread, with a heavy focus on the Ourea Phenomenon.
Blaurg Mountain has a massive crater in its eastern side, the aftermath of Odin Haze's assault on the Genesaran crafted city of St. Eleos
The Ouread Mountain Range extends in a crescent from its westernmost peak near Blairville, Tmolos, to Mount Typhaon. Although the Ouread is leagues in length with many of Valucre's highest mountain peaks, the word traditionally only refers to the pantheon of massive, godlike figures carved into the five tallest peaks- Typhaon, Kithaeron, Helikon, Tmolos and Aitna. Each of the Ourea mark entrances into vast and elaborate cave structures (known as warrens), some of which contain remnants of a prehistoric civilization.
Erebus Langley wrote concerning the Ouread:
The Ouread's warrens include some of the most well preserved prehistoric ruins and artwork in the world. The entrance beneath Mount Tmolos, whose artifice is that of a bear, was only recently rediscovered during the Crusade era by a Gaian military contingent. Beyond the collapsed tunnels, the crusaders discovered a massive cavern containing several thousand pools of mercury. At the chamber's epicenter stood a monolithic statue made of jet, in the form of an unclothed woman with outstretched arms, and tree roots in place of legs and feet.
The discovery had profound and poignant implications for the peoples of Terrenus, with far reaching outcomes. As hard evidence that Gaianism is the legacy and heritage of the Terran peoples, it served as a massive political blow to the pagan cults and sects throughout Terrenus, particularly the Sons of Vecna in the southern heartland. Now, during a burgeoning new era in Gaian culture, sites such as the Tmolos Warren are considered sacrosanct. Clergy members and Terran military maintain and garrison the site, which is open for worship and viewings to the Terran public.
East of Mount Tmolos and directly south of Mount Typhaon is the most heavily traversed (and looted) of the Ouread, Mount Aitna. Its visage is a giant tortoise, and it is unique amongst the five Ourea in its scale- the Tmolos Ourea could fit entirely inside of Aitna's mouth twice. Inside of Aitna is an extensive, heavily looted and damaged cave structure which is rumored to extend as far as Blairville (formerly Blaurg city). Elaborate cave paintings, ruins, and simulacra attract travelers and treasure-hunters from around the world, although much of the Ourea's precious contents have been damaged or looted. In addition to its prehistoric contents (much of which is undiscovered), there are prevalent examples of Aitna being inhabited by many cultures throughout the aeons, with evidence of Shai, Cococino, and modern Terran occupation. Nestled at the northern coast of Cococino Marsh, an artificial river runs under and through Aitna towards Mount Typhaon and ends abruptly in a stone wall marked by two simulacra, known simply as Aitna's End. Outside of the Ourea the river feeds Cococino Marsh, which narrows and flows past Dougton, through the Blue Hills and into the South Sea near Casper. It is a popularly held belief that at some point in history Aitna's End was unsealed, and the freshwater river flowed from a giant subterranean source beneath Mount Typhaon. This hypothesis is supported by evidence that Cococino Marsh was at some point in history a great lake, whose shores reached the outskirts of modern Ignatz, Blaurg, and Dougton.
Mount Typhaon is marked by three Ourea, one for each peak in its massif; Typhaon (marked by a humanoid face), Kithaeron and Helikon (both of which resemble great dragons). Of the three, only Helikon is physically possible to gain access to by traditional means, as it poses no substantial technical climbing challenges to reach during the ascent through its death-zone. No human body can acclimatize during the hike to its 33,000 foot summit, and an extended stay in the zone without supplementary oxygen will result in deterioration of bodily functions, loss of consciousness and, ultimately, death. Regardless, several individuals have claimed to succeed in the journey, most famously Thaddeus Inigo and Erebus Langley, who reported that during their journey into Helikon's Ourea they spoke to ancestral spirits, witnessed ancient machines, and were accosted by giants. Their records of the journey have led to widespread speculation about the historical accuracy and validity of the Langley Expedition, while stirring many throughout history to attempt to brave the journey in search of its secrets.
Alternatively, Kithaeron and Typhaon pose extreme technical challenges throughout their ascent, which are insurmountable through their dead-zones. Their is no credible record of either being ascented, though both are the subject of folklore and legend. The Terran government recently released the first satellite images of the Typhaon, Kithaeron and Helikon Ourea, sparking new interest in the phenomenon and lending credibility to the the claims of the Langley Expedition. Whatever treasures and secrets they possess, the combination of their altitudes, physical accessibility, weather conditions, magical torque, and electromagnetic fluctuations have created a lock, which those ranging from the curious to the power-hungry throughout the world are racing to make the key to.
- Something of worth: A dragon-rider turned mercenary follows rumors of the Lion's Lantern to Blaurg Mountain. While resting before his journey up the mountain, he encounters a young noble by the name of Camila. The enchanting young noble is beset by helpful spirits, and together the pair climb the mountain. Besting its harsh conditions and a small horde of undead occupying its slopes, they finally discover the lantern - stuck in an alternate dimension tethered to the mountain. Entering the nightmare realm, the pair just barely manage to escape the horrible mountain, broken, beaten, and more than a little changed.
- Acquisition: Carrot Hill village and a local army is rescued from the stone curse of rampaging basilisks.
- Lost and Found: After making his way out of Bi'le'ah and off of Biazo Isle, Ruiser comes across Teivel, the avatar of the god of the lost. He has a conversion of faith, locates a Suujali grave to take the anti-magic carapace from a fresh corpse, and is given directions on how to find his lost dragon.
- Fighting the Sky: The regent of Blairville and his fiancé scale Mount Typhaon, led by a mysterious woman. They return to Blairville in a flash, bringing the animate rock Xoltaun with them. Xoltaun becomes a guardian of the city and uses its native abilities to protect Blairville from temperature extremes.
- Whispers in the Mountains: In an effort to expand his reach, Alexander begins a conquest of Blaurg Mountain. In so doing he meets the leader of a powerful coven of witches (Luna) and struck a deal with her to unite forces. Simultaneously the Limper (a close associate of Alexander) scoured the mountain and found an entrance into the mountain's hold. Together, the three entered Blaurg Mountain -- at one point, flooding Cococino Marsh -- and ventured to its highest point. At the peak, they found an ancient city - home to the lingering souls of the Kur - and did battle for control over it. After a long, tiresome battle, the trident of power emerged victorious, and Alexander established his control over Blaurg Mountain.
- Altus Shrugged: After their attack on Blaurg, the Arcantians retreat to to the Blaurg Mountains and establish the city of St. Eleos. Terrenus makes its move, advancing on Eleos with dreadnaughts and Odin Haze himself wages war against the Arcantians here, blasting a crater in the side of Blaurg's largest mountain.
Edited by supernal