The Shiverpeak Mountains, also simply called the Shiverpeaks, is a vast mountain range spanning most of Tyria, running north to south and dividing it in two. To the east of the mountains lie charr territories, and just to the west lies the human kingdom of Kryta. There is a known bloodstone in a cave in the south-western area of the Shiverpeaks, though that area may now be considered part of the Steamspur Mountains. The norn city Hoelbrak is located at the center of the Shiverpeaks.
The mountains had long been the home of the stout dwarves, who, in preparation for battle with the Great Destroyer in 1078 AE, were mostly transformed into living stone, their grand civilization abandoned in pursuit of victory. Since then, the dragon of ice and snow, Jormag, has awoken in the northern Shiverpeaks and caused earthquakes to shatter the mountains. The ravines filled with water from the northern water and created inland seas such as Frostgorge Sound within the Shiverpeaks. Jormag also forced various races from their homelands, including the norn and the kodan. In the south, the norn now do battle with the dredge, who rose from Sorrow's Furnace after the defeat of their former slave masters and now jealously guard their territories and their freedoms.
With soaring peaks reaching high into the sky, the ice of the Shiverpeaks never melts, and it snows year round. Because the majority of the lakes and rivers in and around the mountains are frozen most of the time, conventional ships find it impossible to traverse them, though the dwarven sled ships and the kodan sanctuaries can pass over them with ease.
Winding passes, sluggish glaciers, frozen forests, frosted plains, and snow fallen hills make up the majority of the terrain between the mountain peaks, and life can be encountered anywhere.
The Shiverpeak Mountains have three sub-regions:
- Explorable zones
- Wayfarer Foothills (1-15)
- Snowden Drifts (15-25)
- Lornar's Pass (25-40)
- Dredgehaunt Cliffs (40-50)
- Timberline Falls (50-60)
- Frostgorge Sound (70-80)
- With the advent of the Flame and Frost life story, an additional waypoint and point of interest have been added to this region
- Griffonrook Run, Forsaken Halls, Lair of the Coil and Ulukk's Hunger can be easily missed for obtaining the Shiverpeaks Explorer achievement. If you're stuck at 173 or 174 out of 175, they are likely to be one of the places you are missing.