The creature who wielded Matalotok became immune to the effects of cold. When the warhammer struck an opponent, a blast of cold was unleashed, affecting all those within a 30 ft (9.1 m) radius.
Matalotok was ancient, and was crafted by Thrym. At some point, it fell into the hands of the Witch Queen Iggwilv, who in turn bestowed it upon Kostchtchie. The eventual Prince of Wrath wielded Matalotok to great effect, dominating his frost giant tribe and even slaying three minor demon lords with the weapon. The warhammer would remain in Kostchtie's possession for many years, up until the archduchess Zariel took it from him sometime prior to the Year of Three Ships Sailing, 1492 DR.[note 2]
- The Encyclopedia Magica Volume II lists two different prices for the 2nd edition version of Kostchtchie's hammer. 15,000 gp for the one from Monster Mythology and 10,000 gp for the one from the Greyhawk adventure The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.
- Canon material provides two distinct dates for the events described in Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus: the adventure itself, described in chapters 1 through 5, takes place "fifty years" after 1444 DR (1494 DR), according to events mentioned in pages 7 and 47, while the Baldur's Gate Gazetteer describes the city as of 1492 DR (p. 159). It is possible that the designers made an approximation for "fifty years", even though it is stated in an infernal contract. The lead writer for Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus later confirmed that the adventure takes place in 1492 DR, and the sequel to the adventure, Baldur's Gate III, also claims that the current year is 1492 DR in multiple places.
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- slade et al. (February 1995). Encyclopedia Magica Volume II. (TSR, Inc.), p. 556.
- Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 224. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.
- Mike Mearls, Brian R. James, Steve Townshend (July 2010). Demonomicon. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 122–123. ISBN 978-0786954926.
- Gary Gygax (August 1983). Monster Manual II 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 40. ISBN 0-88038-031-4.
- Douglas Niles and Michael Dobson (1988). The Throne of Bloodstone. (TSR, Inc), p. 42. ISBN 0-8803-8560-X.
- Adam Lee, et al. (September 2019). Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus. Edited by Michele Carter, et al. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 243. ISBN 978-0-7869-6687-5.