Fya is one of the northern most points located at the base of the planet’s polar cap. The ice covered granite peninsula juts out some 800 miles from the main glazier cap.
Flat, rocky coastal area. Two predominate mountains covered in snow and ice, peaks are often covered in fog or mist.
Snow and ice persists year round. Ice blocks and frozen water unpredictable in the shipping lanes. Ships may be frozen in the flows during the snow seasons.Exposed skin freezes quickly.’Flora:’ A variety of animals live in and around the frozen sea waters for at least some of the year, most notable are seals and walrus, both may be found either gathered in groups or basking out on the ice on warmer days. To be avoided unless well armed is the white snow bear. Its powerful fangs and claws make it well adapted for living on the pack ice. Typical sea birds may be seen following ships.
Fauna: Slow growing grasses in sheltered crevices, mosses on the lee side of stones. There are no woody plants or trees.
At the top of the world and far away from the patrols of Skylding ships who are the nearest neighbor some hundred miles away, Fya has long been considered of little significance save as way-station for various passing shipping interests. The deeper water which edges the quick drop-off of its frozen shorelines make easy access for most ships. The long low-sloping rise of its coastal grounds create a perfect natural platform for repairing ships or equipment such as fish netting, rendering hauls of fish or sea mammals, or, for darker interests, such as a clandestine meeting point. The Skylds upon occasion find it the perfect location to drop off an unfortunate soul who either by fortune or foul-play is left alone there to die. The randomly scattered bones of human skeletons along its shores tell as much.
Another curiosity of its coastal features are stacks of flat-edged stones in a variety of arrangements in several different locations. Some of the structures are obvious fish weirs while explanation of others is not so clear. One carefully stacked pile appears to be a cairn for ceremonial purposes marking the rise of the sun. On it and around it lay a few miniature carvings in ivory and bone representing animals, humans and spirits, the obvious leavings of shamanic pilgrimage.
For those with a keener eye and time to explore, subtle trails might be found snaking their way back towards and up the numerous snow covered mountains that stand guard between Fya’s shorelines and the Great Ice Wraith waiting on the other side. Atop the peaks themselves, one might even find the shamanic guardians who left their intricately carved gifts below. They call themselves Kriwok.
The Kriwok are large peaceful giants, some almost a foot taller than an average human, but strong and gentle. Strong enough to crush the neck of large tusked sea mammals called luze and singlehandedly haul the massive carcass over the ice, where once skinned it is packed on their backs up the mountain trails to their secluded cave dwellings. They do not linger in the low coastal areas long. They are shy and reclusive by nature, keeping mostly to themselves avoiding contact with anyone outside their community.
Their society is shamanistic and requires individuals to periodically go out on sacred quests to achieve higher levels of spiritual growth. Quests are generally determined by Dream Spirits who visit them during one of their seasonal religious ceremonies. The Dream Spirit sometimes require them to go against their nature and venture out into the Worlde visiting far-away places they do not know traveling for many days, sometimes months or years, on paths they have never been. Along the way they are visited by a Quest Spirit who guides them to their journey’s end. Their Quest Spirit may come to them in animal form or even as another human.
Kriwoks typically dress in the heavy white furs of seal and caribou. Their weapons are knife and harpoon. They have no knowledge in the use of bows and arrows or swords.