Shrine to Sithhud

Dimly lit by daylight from the crack in the ceiling high above,
the slushy basin at the bottom of the ramp is filled with
hundreds of bones, all marked with a curious rune like a frostrimed,
three-fingered skeletal hand. To the south, dozens of
skulls have been piled into a crude altar. Painted along the icy
walls of the pit are Erutaki pictograms, scattered among many
more of the strange runes.

A DC 20 Knowledge (planes) or Knowledge (religion)
check recognizes the three-fingered hand as the symbol
of Sithhud, the nascent demon lord of blizzards and
the frozen dead. One of the pictograms along the walls
shows strange black standing stones rising from icy
hills, another displays a cluster of towers glowing with a
strange blue light, and a third shows a single monolithic
tower rising above what seems to be a black lake, with
white mountain peaks behind it. A fourth pictogram
depicts a spiralling storm with long arms ending in icefanged
jaws devouring Erutaki villages, but with longer
jaw-arms reaching toward forests, crudely drawn castles
and cities, and what may be ships at sea. Warriors are
shown trying to fight the storm with spears before being
engulfed and sealed in tombs of ice. The final pictogram
shows a blue-skinned woman with dark wings and hair,
wearing a silver crown or circlet. Her hand grasps one of
the claw-symbols like a sceptre, and spiralling streaks of
silver and white curl from it in every direction.

A quick search of the basin reveals a
number of white shards, similar to ceramic, piled before
the altar. A DC 19 Knowledge (arcana) check identifies
them as fragments of white dragon eggshells. The
pictograms of standing stones are easily identifiable as
the black monoliths that the PCs have possibly already
encountered on their journeys. A DC 15 Knowledge
(geography) check recognizes the blue-limned towers as
the Nameless Spires, an ancient ruined city at the North
Pole, while a second DC 15 Knowledge (geography) check
recognizes the white mountains behind the single tower
as the Alabastrine Peaks. A DC 15 Knowledge (nature)
check likewise can identify the fang-armed spiral as
representing the morozkos, or “hungry storms,” the
legendary blizzards that rage across the Crown of the
World. Anyone who speaks Erutaki or succeeds at a
DC 20 Linguistics check can decipher scrawled notes
beneath the picture of the winged woman that speak of
an obsessive love for “Katiyana, who speaks to me on the
winds from her tower in the Storm.”
If shown the pictograms, either Chief Nalvanaq or
Hearthmistress Sonavut can also identify the Nameless
Spires, where the Erutaki believe the wind spirits
reside—a dangerous place, but a source of great visions
for those brave enough to seek it. Tunuak himself
undertook a vision quest within the last year; most
likely he fell under the spell of this winged woman. The
standing stones are strange to them, but a few hunters
on the High Ice have reported seeing such monoliths
in recent months. They are also familiar with the fangarmed
spiral of the morozkos, the seemingly living
storms that can devour entire villages and that almost
seem to seek out their victims like living things. Neither
Nalvanaq nor Sonavut recognizes the winged woman
figure illustrated in the pictograms.

Shrine to Sithhud

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