After battling trolls, wolves and hunger, the weary caravan finally arrives at the base of the crown of the world. Finally you realise why it was named that way. A glistening glacier juts out of the tundra, forming a sparkling wall that bars your way Northward. Great waterfalls crash down from the high ice adding a cold spray that causes ice droplets to appear and freeze on the caravans. Every now an then you hear a might creak and groan and wonder if the Glacier may break away end your insignificant existence.
The village of Iqalait is nestled in the steep cliff of rock and ice. The village itself is formed of rock and ice and seems to be protected from the movements of the glacier by shamanic magic.
The Hearthwoman Sonavut welcomes Ulf and seems to respect the talisman he holds. The hearthwoman says that the travellers have arrived in times of trouble. A white Dragon has attacked the village in recent months. Since that time most of the greatest warriors and hunters have died trying to slay the Dragon.
A mob of villagers gathers outside the Hearthwomans home. The leader of the mob is an old man; the village shaman Tunuak. Tunuak declares that the outsiders will incur the wrath of the windsprits who will send the Dragon to attack them again. The only way to appease the wind spirits is to offer Kumar as a sacrifice.
After a fierce debate between Sandru and Tunuak the mob is mollified enough that they don’t call for Kumar’s immediate sacrifice. However, they call for the outsiders to leave the villiage.
The hearthmistress apologies for the behaviour of the villagers, ‘they are scared of the Dragon’. She asks the heroes to find a way to stop the frequent Dragon attacks, which would restore the village to a peaceful state.