The Kingdom of Ice

Few can remember the days,
Before the winter froze sublime
Valleys, verdant forests and
The land with frost and rime,
Blue skies have now turned ashen grey,
Gone forever is the greenery,
Now all that meets the eye this day,
Is ice and arctic scenery.

The Elves fled the island’s shores,
The cold wind in their sails, ever biting,
The piercing gale, beyond the pale,
To Dwarves whom still are fighting,
To retain their homes and treasury,
Far beneath the frozen snow,
And dig deeper, mining always,
The warmer land below.

There once was talk of Man and Oark,
Building a civilization together,
But then winter came, both quick to blame
And with icy sword, did sever
All bonds and ties (but no surprise),
They all went their separate ways,
To shiver and cower in lonely places
Or wander, numb and in a daze.

The river, once blue, turned silver
And glittered with both ice and floe,
As it thundered through the glacial land,
Of frost and rime and snow,
Emptying in to a freezing sea,
Where icebergs were seen off shore,
Chilled to the bone, none were alone,
As all prayed for the same: a thaw.

©KieranDavis2013
©Baldypoems2013

An appendice for those interested:

The Kingdom of Ice

The Kingdom of Ice lies between Skon, Tenera and Volentar, just a little east of the western border of Crimson Waters. Three of the four smaller islands are inhabited and though the smaller islands have no official names (thought to be of little consequence, considering their size), their settlements are relatively prosperous.

The island to the east of the main kingdom is home to the village of Riala, a mining colony whose mountains are rich in iron ore and some small veins of silver. The island to the south is home to the village called Kist, which is located high in the mountain by a crystal mine and has been known to produce fair quantities of precious stones.

The larger of the lesser islands within the Kingdom of Ice has two settlements called Bar and Bor, which are separated by the near impassable mountains there and were founded by the Dwarven brothers who were marooned there after a storm destroyed their ship. The brothers fell out over something petty (as brothers often do) and went their separate ways with any survivors that would follow them. They built a village each, on opposite sides of the mountains and the brothers’ communities grew. A few generations later (by Human standards, Dwarves can live a couple of hundred years, sometimes as long as three centuries) the villagers found out about the other settlement and each village set out to conquer the other, a feud that still continues to this day, though the founders are long dead and none can recall why they are at war.

Bar and Bor are said to have gone in to the mountains to meet each other and finish their war by killing one or the other but neither returned and their fates remain a mystery.

It is the largest island that is considered The Kingdom of Ice, the smaller islands unclaimed to this day, just assumed to belong to the kingdom which is a large island similar in size to Quarier. There are a number of settlements throughout the kingdom, homes to hard, brave souls who live in an extremely harsh climate as the land is covered in snow and ice all year round due to a spell or curse of eternal winter.

Each village has its own trades and skilled residents and most are trained to hunt, taught how to survive in this dangerous terrain that is prone to avalanches, freezing, sudden snowdrifts that can bury a man; ice breaking open in to great chasms and some nasty predators like Snow Beasts and Tiskai (walrus men) as well as larger monsters known Gnardel Behemoths (massive furry beasts with vicious claws, the remnants of the race that forced the Dwarves to burrow and build below the surface, hiding in the mountains away from them).

To the north is the lair of the Ice Demon, a network of frozen caves inhabited by small White Dragons and the hiding place of the crystal Cage in which the Ice demon is held captive. Once upon a time, the Ice Demon was spellborn of a Fell Lord of the Underdarq during the Big Freeze when the lands were cursed with endless winter. All it had to do was plant an icicle in the snow to duplicate itself. Within a week, there was an army of them, each able to reproduce by the same means and every one a mighty foe. If left unhindered, there could be a nation of Ice Demons within a month and Kira would not see year’s end.

The army of Ice Demons was defeated (after many bloody and costly battles that left thousands of frozen corpses in the wild) and the final one contained as there was no way to destroy the original being that anyone could find. There are many evil hearted villains who have considered freeing it, it is doubtful that Cyralost has heard the last of the Ice Demon but its Crystal Cage is well hidden and guarded at all times, even centuries later.

The Lake of Frozen Souls is a solid sheet of ice that spreads for almost a mile in length and beneath the ice are the drowned and frozen solid bodies of two opposing armies, one consisting of Men and Dwarves, the other made up of Oarken, Tiskai, Snow Beasts and an occasional Gnardel Behemoth. It is said a tsunami hit the west of the Kingdom of Ice as the battle began and the winter spell froze all in its initial potency.

The island is covered in snowy mountains, many unexplored as they are considered too dangerous to climb and some are home to the afore-mentioned animals and monsters. There are several large packs of wolves in the region and at least two clans of Oarken.

The woods to the north of the island provide timber for the settlement called Dorwin-Turi but are nothing special, holding no rare species of tree or wildlife (though local rumour suggests there was a Phoenix nest in the northern peaks, not far from the woods, before the eternal winter came and some have gone seeking feathers, frozen eggs or remains).
The forest in the south-west is strangely well inhabited considering the climate and is home to an odd looking green squirrel, slightly larger than most squirrels and apparently very tasty.

The Ice Palace, lying in the very centre of the island, is a colossal fortress made of ice, phenomenal to behold and clearly (somehow) spellborn as it would be impossible for anyone to survive in this climate long enough to carve it. The palace is laid out like many traditional fortresses with towers, turrets, a central keep and various wings and apartments, the Ice Palace is not exactly warm (considering what it is made of) but is definitely a lot less cruel, temperature-wise; than the biting breeze outside.

No one knows who built it or who it belongs to, all manner of creatures roam its halls, its dungeons are home to monsters used to a wintry world and the place is well mapped, all treasures long since taken. Only the south tower and central keep remain unexplored as no one can figure out how to get in to them and nothing seems to cause any damage to the icy walls, including fire; which is further evidence that the Ice Palace was likely spellborn.
Beware of Snow Dogs as their bite freezes the blood.

 

the kingdom of ice

 

©KieranDavis2013

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28 thoughts on “The Kingdom of Ice

  1. tjtherien says:

    awwww… I wanted to play with the snow puppies… again I have to say you’re appendices blow me away… so much detail you put into these…

    • thanks, pal. You’ve probably seen many of them on the first blog (the one i stupidly deleted), I hadn’t intended to post them again as yet but it kind of fell in to place after the ‘burning times’ prompt, it just felt ‘right’. Mega glad you like them, my friend. it means a lot to me.

      • tjtherien says:

        personally I’m glad you did start posting them again… I read them and I feel the depth of your world… it reminds me of writers like Tolkien and Herbert. The worlds I create are so shallow by comparison to yours

      • Bless you for saying such things, pal. But don’t put yorself down. You have a brilliant mind and write with a passion, few can match. Your subtle sarcasm and wonderful wit make your humerous pieces hilarious to the enlightened and your more serious writing is inspiring. The fact that you creat worlds at all, speaks volumes about your creativity, T.J. Keep smiling and keep writing. Best wishes from Baldy

  2. Tolkien was my boyhood favorite – you are picking up his mantle here

  3. Sahm King says:

    In every sense of the word, EPIC.

  4. Sahm King says:

    Reblogged this on The Arkside of Thought by Sahm King and commented:
    Baldy’s appendices should be stories unto themselves.

  5. Sky Vani says:

    Is this the icy poem that you mentioned on my blog? Plus we got the map! 🙂 This is great!

    • you bet ‘ya! there is a great deal more to come, mon amis. The Cyralost mythology is vast, I have a few short stories (one of which is being published in Orcs and Aliens), over a hundred and fifty such appendices and book one (approx 115 thousand words) of an intended epic planned to span at least seven books (if not more). Do me a favour and wish hard to any deity that I can get the time to get writing book two and get this all out there! Best wishes from Baldy 🙂

  6. C.K. Hope says:

    The poem alone is magnificent, the addition of the appendice … I read it three times that’s how blown away I was.

    • thank you so much, very kind of you to say that. My mythlogy has been very well recieved and I feel most encouraged. WordPress has such a wonderfully supportive community, I am blessed to be involved. There is a great deal more to come from the world of Cyralost. I am waiting to hear from a publisher about book one and have started book two in an intended epic. There are some short stories and over a hundred and fifty more appendices on their way (already written, waiting to be posted). I had a very successful blog prior to this one, on which I published a lot of it and got overwhelmed by the response at a very bad time so had an ‘episode’ and deleted the whole project. I refgret this and amnow in a much better place. Stay tuned as they say, there is a lot more to come! best wishes from Baldy.

      • C.K. Hope says:

        I wish you all the luck in the world with the book(s)! Just the bit I’ve read of yours at this point, I can’t imagine a publisher not seeing what you’ve got. I can’t wait to read the rest of the appendices. As was mentioned, this had a Tolkienish feel to it but distinctively different. The description was amazing, just enough to make you able to see what you were writing but not too much to tell one what to see, if you know what I mean? I’m glad you’re in a better place and while I’m sorry I never saw your other blog I’m glad I get a chance to see this one!

      • thank you, that means a lot to me. i’ll post more appendices soon 🙂

  7. So much imagination and such an in-depth world! I loved reading your poem and then learning about the world in the appendices afterward

  8. martyjava says:

    Wow man, I’m blown away by the sheer scale and detail of your uber vivid literary imagination! Well done that man!

  9. martyjava says:

    Reblogged this on Mouth Trap and commented:
    This is a very interesting, creative read!

  10. Hi Baldy, I wanted to ask your permission to post this poem on a site, giving full credit to you and a link to your blog. Please email me.

    • it would be a pleasure, send me the details 🙂

      • To let you know this isn’t spam, I have some published poems – one of which can see one here: http://voices.yahoo.com/in-shackles-we-dance-11980762.html?cat=25

        I’m contacting you because I started a Facebook page (Independent Poetry Society: https://www.facebook.com/independentpoetrysociety ) this evening – literally. My point in starting the group is to encourage aspiring poets, display poems as inspiration, give links to poetry blogs, hold periodic contests, etc. My ultimate goal is to publish other poets (poetry contest winners) in an annual poetry journal.

        I am requesting permission to post some of your poems on the page and give full credit to you with a link to your blog. Additionally, I encourage you to ‘like’ the Facebook page – as it’s literally less than a week old, there are very few associated with it as of now. Please let me know if you are interested in being involved with the administration of the group in any way.

        Thank you for your time Baldy – and I look forward to reading more of your talented work!

        Respectfully,

        Adam Champion
        Personal email: sergeantchampion@gmail.com

  11. Sorry, I had typed that a few days ago and got side-tracked, I know it says ‘this evening’ – started it about three days ago.

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