Sitric and the Mountain of Ice
by Wesley Quadros
The years after
the death of Vingkot were hard ones for the Vingkotlings. The sons
of Vingkot quarrelled and finally fought; monsterous creatures came
from beneath the ground and ate everything while Chaos Man's hosts
ravaged the land.
and Vingkot's absence Valind tried to claim the High Seat. Blankets
of snow and sheets of ice covered the land making the people suffer
Sitric the Scarred
was a grandson of Hengall the Second Son and he found a path to
Inora's castle atop the Mountain of Ice.
through a cave, sold the Shadow Mittens to a troll and clambered
onto a narrow path. Carefully climbing the path, Sitric bartered
his parka to Biting Wind to get across a chasm. As he eased his
way over the mountain's shoulder, he lost his cap to a swooping
When he finally
reached the path to Inora's lodge he was buried in an avalanche.
The love of his wife freed him, naked, from the snows. When he finally
staggered into the Snow Queen's hall he was blue from crown to toe.
Once Inora sought
his reasons for entering her hall he spake thusly, "to ask
for your sponsorship so that my family can survive the winters."
So impressed was she by his efforts that Inora agreed to protect
him and one of his family members for each finger and toe that he
sacrificed to her.
Sitric's family ignored the cold and did quite well for themselves
- until the coming of Shambling Hunger - but that is a different