Vaasa (pronounced: /ˈvɑːsɑːVAH-sah[3]) was an untamed wasteland of frozen moors and tundra located in the Cold Lands of northeast Faerûn.[2]

Geography[edit | edit source]

It was a relatively empty land with sporadic farms and the occasional wandering monster. As much of the land was unclaimed, there were many prospectors who came to Vaasa looking for natural treasures, of which it had many. The lands were rich in precious metals and gems, particularly bloodstone.[2]

Bloodstone Pass allowed trade access through the Galena Mountains to Damara in the east.[4]

Government[edit | edit source]

As of the late 15th Century in the Dale Reckoning, Vaasa was nominally ruled by the Ironfell Council, a group of 13 led by the mysterious Voice of Telos.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

In the year −2475 DR, the continual expansion southwards of the Great Glacier covered the lands that will one day be Vaasa and Damara with thick ice.[5]

In the Year of Spreading Spring, 1038 DR, a slight shift in the rotation of Toril caused minor changes to weather around the world. In the Cold Lands, the Great Glacier began to melt and retreat; the lands of Vaasa, Damara, and Narfell became ice free for the first time in ages.[6] The glacier continued retreating northwards until it's edges lay behind the Lugsaas Chain Mountains.[7]

In the Year of Eyes, 1141 DR, a cabal of evil wizards who claimed to be from Vaasa caused a citadel of ice to arise at the base of Mount Okk, a tall peak in the Lugsaas Mountains of northern Vaasa. It was said that they were experimenting with creating an entirely new school of magic based on cold, and that they had plans to use their new powers for conquest. They were known to have accumulated a large collection of gems and precious metals for their research, said to be guarded in the dungeons below the castle by enchanted monsters made of ice.[6]

Seven years later, in the Year of the Angry Sea, 1148 DR a massive earthquake rocked northern Vaasa. At Mount Okk, a massive fissure opened to swallow up the ice castle, while a massive avalanche dumped a massive amount of rock and snow onto the site. No further sign of the wizards or their works are to be had.[6]

In the Year of the Wall, 1227 DR, one of the great explorers of Vaasan history, Dr Palus Frohm, set out on an exploration of the Great Glacier that lasted for 20 years. Upon his return, he wrote the definitive guide to arctic regions, 'Blood and Ice: Survival in the Great Glacier'.[6]

In the Year of the Weeping Moon, 1339 DR a distant descendant of Dr Fromm, Sharra Frohm, set out to follow up her ancestors work with a book that would focus on the perilous Nakvaligach region, which was an area that Palus had been unable to explore fully in his time. Sharra began her solo mission by climbing onto the the Great Glacier approximately 100 miles northeast of the Frozen Forest, but she was never heard from again.[6]

In the Year of the Bright Blade, 1347 DR, Zhengyi the Witch-King had Castle Perilous raised over the course of a single night. He immediately claimed sovereignty and began recruiting dark creatures towards his cause of conquest.[8]

Notable locations[edit | edit source]

Castle Perilous was the former home of Zhengyi the Witch-King, located on the shore of the Lake of Tears.

Darmshall was a small fortress-village that was founded by the Tenblades adventuring company, and Palischuk was a once-destroyed city that had since been rebuilt and occupied by half-orcs.[9]

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