Friday, February 10, 2012

Travelogue: Caer Firnas

Our next stop on the tour of Caledon is the Duchy of Caer Firnas, due south of Kintyre and east of Greystoke.

As the Steampunk Wiki notes:

Originally discovered by ambiant Kukulcan, the island was named Caledon Glamorgan. The resources of the island were quickly tapped to make the island a hub of commercial and technological developement.

For reasons that are not completely understood, the house of Glammorgan abruptly relocated to a northern county. While records are not clear, during the tumult of this transition, the reclusive Vivito Volare and his Lady, the Dame Fogwoman Gray laid a decisive claim over the island.

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The train station anchors one end of the island, with its bridge and tunnel connecting Caer Firnas to the rest of Caledon.

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Although the Volares are not present as often as they once were, their touch can still be seen - for example, in the seasonal decorations that still adorned the island when I visited. The midwinter sun hung low in the sky as I took the above picture, casting the trees in an eerie light.

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The other feature of note is the mountain that can be seen everywhere in the duchy. It is hollow in the center - man-made, or from volcanic activity? Knowing Duke Vivito and Caledon, either explanation is possible.

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Edit 2/10/12 7:47 pm: Sadly, a little birdie tweeted that the Volares may be abandoning Caer Firnas to the wilderness, so enjoy this corner of Caledon while you can!

2 comments:

mdme said...

Alas! The mysteries of Caer Firnas have always been a sweet exclamation point to the Sculpty Isles in the South.

Even more so I miss the Lady Foggy and Prof Volare and wish them well.

Rhianon Jameson said...

I do hope that only the isle is disappearing, not its owners!