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The Shiverpeak Mountains, also simply called the Shiverpeaks, rise up over ten-thousand feet above sea level and 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.
In the year 1 BE, the Six Human Gods dropped the fragmented Bloodstone into the great volcano at the center of the Ring of Fire known as Abaddon's Mouth before leaving Tyria forever in year 0. A few hundred years later, the volcano erupted and sent the five fragments in different directions across Central Tyria, with one of them landing in the region that would later of the Shiverpeak Mountains that later would become known as the Steamspur Moutnains.
The Shiverpeaks were the home of the dwarvess for centuries, with legends stating that upon Anvil Rock, the Great Dwarf had forged his race, and they lived through the last awakening of the Elder Dragons. All dwarves of the Shiverpeaks were united under one banner; the nation of Deldrimor. Most of the architecture in the Shiverpeaks was built during this time and reflects a time of peace and prosperity, but that was not to last. Droknar's Forge was the seat of power of the mighty nation of the dwarves, named after one of their most beloved kings.
However in the dwarves' last generation, Thunderhead Keep became the capital of the Deldrimor nation and home of King Jalis Ironhammer's court. The rise of the Stone Summit, a dwarf supremacist faction led by Dagnar Stonepate, resulted in a civil war within the nation. The rise of the civil war gave rise to new Stone Summit architecture to contrast their rival Deldrimor architecture; stone slabs bound with large iron chains marked areas held by the Stone Summit. The Stone Summit came to enslave many races as part of their conquest of the Shiverpeaks; the giants, dolyaks, snow beasts, humans, dredge and even djinn.
The Stone Summit had taken control of Sorrow's Furnace, the largest mine in the Shiverpeaks and once a sacred place for the dwarves, where they extracted metals and used Dredge as slaves. During an expedition into Sorrow's Furnace led by High Priest Alkar, Alkar retrieved the Tome of the Rubicon, an ancient book written by the Great Dwarf himself which detailed the origin of the dwarven race and other such lore, before the Stone Summit could get their hands on it and rewrite and sanitize it for their own goals.
In the year 1072 AE, a group of refugees from Ascalon led by Prince Rurik crossed the Shiverpeaks Mountains to take refuge in Kryta. However they stumbled into the middle of the civil war between the Deldrimor and Stone Summit dwarves, and had to ally with the Deldrimor in order to cross safely into Kryta. While most of the group managed to escape the mountains, Prince Rurik laid down his life to protect his subjects at The Frost Gate.
Some time later, a group of Heroes who had just ascended, together with members of the Shining Blade led by Evennia came to the Droknar's Forge, where they went to attack the White Mantle forces backed by their muursat overlords. There, they also discovered one of the few remaining living seers, who had the ability infuse the Hero's armor to protect them against the deadly spectral agony of the mursaat. They then arrived at the White Mantle base where they found Markis, a White Mantle spy that had infiltrated the Shining Blade, and killed him.
The group later helped the Deldrimor dwarves in ending the civil war by reclaiming Thunderhead Keep which had been captured by the Stone Summit. The civil war concluded when the Stone Summit leader Dagnar Stonepate was defeated and killed in the ensuing battle. Following the near eradication of the Stone Summit, the dredge were liberated, formed the Moletariate and reclaimed Sorrow's Furnace as their home, renaming it Sorrow's Embrace.
Guild Wars: Eye of the North
Following the death of Dagnar Stonebreaker and destruction of the Iron Forgeman, the Stone Summit were forced to reorganize under the leadership of Duncan the Black and resettled in the Far Shiverpeaks to search for ancient relics and beings of great power ranging from Zoldark the Unholy, Lord Glacius the Eternal, unknown relics in the Darkrime Delves, and culminating in trying to absorb the power of the fallen Great Destroyer, the nemesis of the Great Dwarf. After the death of Duncan, the last hierophant of Stone Summit, their ultimate fate was left unknown.
In 1078 AE, the detailed prophecies of the Tome of the Rubicon were fulfilled when earthquakes shook the world and the destroyerss, minions of the Elder Dragon Primordus, surfaced, causing the Deldrimor dwarves to unite in a ritual invoked by King Jalis Ironhammer to transform themselves into stone warriors so that they could fight off the destroyers in the Depths of Tyria and prevent Primordus from awakening. Little by little over time, all dwarves turned to stone, including the few remaining on the surface.
Once the dwarves disappeared underground, the dredge emerged from Sorrow's Embrace and began taking possession of the lands that belonged to the dwarves and destroying all traces of their civilization indiscrimanately, as revenge for their enslavement and mistreatment by the Stone Summit.
In the year 1105 AE, the Durmand Priory, led by its namesake Durmand, built its headquarters within a tall landmark mountain in Lornar's Pass and began storing all sort of knowledge and artifacts within its halls.
At some point in the following 250 years, a volcano known as Mount Maelstrom became active in the southern reaches of the Shiverpeak Mountains, causing most of the snow in that region to melt, forming what is now known as the Steamspur Mountains.
In the year 1169 AE, the Elder Dragon Jormag awakened in the Far Shiverpeaks and attacked the norn and kodan living in the region, forcing the norn to flee south where they established Hoelbrak, which initially served as the large personal hunting lodge of Asgeir Dragonrender but later became a larger community. Here, the norn built new sanctuaries and shelters dedicated to the Spirits of the Wild. Over time, a fanatical cult calling themselves the Sons of Svanir, which worshipped Jormag (which they simply referred to as Dragon) as their Spirit, arose and gained a noticeable amount of popularity.
Upon their arrival in the central Shiverpeaks, the norn often had to fight off against the dredge who had claimed these lands as their own. At the bordering lands to the Far Shiverpeaks, kodan and quaggan that had fled Jormag as well both established some Sanctuaries and underwater settlements in the arctic bodies of water.
In the year 1326 A.E. freak storms raged over the Shiverpeaks, as refugees charr and norn struggled to emerge from the remains of their homes in the Walker Hills and Diessa Plateau to find shelter In the south. At the same time, the Molten Alliance, which is an alliance between the Flame Legion and the Dredges, was formed, and they began attacking settlements and taking prisoners, at the same time as strange energy probes began to appear. During this period, a young norn named Braham traveled to the Black Citadel to request help in defending his land, Cragstead, which had fallen into the hands of the The alliance. However, he was not granted such help as the charr were already widely dispersed and could not spare any soldiers. For which Braham had to go to Hoelbrak and ask for help from Knut Whitebear, however he denied him help, for which, when he did not get help, he decided to recover his home with only a few allies included the Pact Commander. Braham was able to retake Rock Place, and though many ended up being held hostage in an unknown location, his feat raised the morale of his land.
In 1334 AE, Anvil Rock served as a notable nexus of ley line that the Prismatic Elder Dragon Aurene and her allies used as bait to lure the rival twins Jormag and Primordus to fight each other which were accompanied by their respective champions, Ryland Steelcatcher and Braham Eirsson. Primordus emerged on the battlefield by tunneling through Anvil Rock, leaving a huge burning hole in the mountain. After the death of the two Elder Dragons in the confrontation at each other's hands, the area was filled with their scattered magic following a massive explosion.
Geography and climate
With soaring peaks reaching high into the sky (up over ten-thousand feet above sea level), 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.
Although, since the awakening of the Elder Dragon Jormag and his champions there are certain areas corrupted by his magic, where corrupted ice is visible, even with his awakening seas were created interiors, and this is more noticeable in the northern regions or in the Far Shiverpeaks, where their influence has corrupted certain areas.
- Explorable zones
- Core Game
- Public instances
Shiverpeak Explorer achievement
This achievement consists of discovering all 175 areas within the Shiverpeaks. Some commonly missed areas are as follows:
- Wayfarer Foothills – Shaman's Rookery; Doldenvan Passage; Cragstead (added March 2013)
- Snowden Drifts – Angvar's Trove (added March 2013)
- Lornar's Pass – Griffonrook Run
- Dredgehaunt Cliffs – Ulukk's Hunger; Forsaken Halls (added October 2012); Tribulation Caverns; De Molish Post
- Timberline Falls – Sector Zuhl; Tail of the Serpent; Lair of the Coil
In the distance, the corruption of Jormag can be seen.
- The Shiverpeak Mountains is currently the only region to have zones that count towards four mastery tracks; Central Tyria, Heart of Thorns (Bitterfrost Frontier), Path of Fire (Thunderhead Peaks), and Icebrood Saga (Bjora Marches and Drizzlewood Coast).
- Internally at ArenaNet, this area was known as "Alpine."