Geography[edit | edit source]
On the side of this mountain was a crater-like depression filled with a salt marsh, covered in scum and rancid in smell, with a rocky landmass in the center that acted as an island. The outer shores of this island were steep and cliff-like. Much of this crater was obscured by mist throughout, though the sharply triangular tip of its island could be seen above the mists. Below the mist, temperatures within the crater were about 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).
The way down into the crater was a steep-walled pass. The last 2,000 feet (610 meters) of this trail were along a high cliff, overlooking the crater's salt marsh, which ended at a wooden bridge. This spanned thousands of feet across the marsh, ending at its central rocky landmass. From there was a paved path leading up to a temple. Beneath that temple was a series of large, connected lava caves.
Water seeping down the mountainside filled the crater's lake and its only means of escape was evaporation. This marsh lake was roughly 50 feet (15 meters) deep and geothermal activity on the mountain kept it at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius).
Flora & Fauna[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
Around the 10th century DR, members of the Cult of the Dragon came to the Thunder Peaks area. While there, they built a wooden bridge across Mount Drakor Rouge's crater and carved out what would become the Temple of the Dragon Oracle on its central rocky landmass. They then filled its salt marsh with a variety of creatures in order to protect the temple. Witches among this cell of Dragon Cultists believed that the sulfurous vapors within the crater's lava caves would help them to prophesy the future.
Some time between the Year of the Molten Man, 1151 DR and the Year of the Agate Hammer, 1174 DR, some evil force overran the temple and forced its Dragon Cultists to abandon it. The gargoyles they'd introduced to the area continued to live in Mount Drakkor Rouge, turning the abandoned temple into their lair.
In Year of Shadows, 1358 DR,[note 1][note 2] an adult red dragon by the name of Flashfire settled within the abandoned Temple of the Dragon Oracle and subjugated its gargoyle inhabitants. Once every month, the villagers of Volkumburgh had to bring five sheep to Mount Drakkor Rouge as tribute to Flashfire.
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- Canon material does not provide a year for the events described in The Shattered Statue, but through extensive research this wiki has estimated a date. The explanation for this date is divided into three points:
(1) Page 16 of The Shattered Statue (February, 1988) describes the destruction of Phlan by dragons as having occurred "several years ago." Since the conflict "Dragon Run" did not exist until The Moonsea, this has to be referring to the Flight of the Dragon (1356 DR), which was introduced in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set.
(2) The Savage Frontier (August, 1988), is set in 1358 DR and has Amelior Amanitas refer to its events in past tense.
(3) Page 18 of The Shattered Statue describes the Cult of the Dragon as having long had no presence in Volkumburgh Vale, but TSR Jam 1999 has the cult re-establishing themselves there in 1359 DR.
(4) In conclusion, all together this info suggests that The Shattered Statue takes place in 1358 DR.
- Page 16 of The Shattered Statue states that Flashfire "...came south several years ago in the dragon invasion that destroyed the city of Phlan on the shores of the Moonsea." This describes the event known as the Flight of Dragons, which occurred in 1356 DR. However, that page also states that Flashfire only moved into the Temple of the Dragon Oracle recently. For more information on this, see Note 1.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Shattered Statue
References[edit | edit source]
- Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by Steve Perrin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 16. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by Steve Perrin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 17. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by Steve Perrin. (TSR, Inc.), p. 18. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- Random encounter tables included in Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by Steve Perrin. (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- John D. Rateliff ed. (1999-02-22). TSR Jam 1999. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 2. ISBN 0786914459.
- Jennell Jaquays (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by . (TSR, Inc.), p. 19. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.
- (February 1988). The Shattered Statue. Edited by . (TSR, Inc.), p. 6. ISBN 0-88038-498-0.