Gateway to Solturna
The Balandic Mountain range is the third largest in Orcura. They were formed by volcanoes 2000,000 years ago making them one of the youngest in the region. The highest point, Mount Gruich, stands 2.7 miles above sea level and was the last volcano to have gone dormant in the Balandic Range, about one thousand years ago. Volcanic activity still occurs occasionally causing violent rockslides and tremors that constantly reshape the slopes. The volcanoes have left behind rich black soil that peeks through the white of the snow making the Balandic Mountian range the most distinguishable in Orcura.
Clouds travel west on eastern bound winds from the Dura Sea and end where the Balandic Mountains begin. It is here where rain falls and transforms parts of the mountain range into Lake Roac, the dominant source of the Morae River. The mountaintops stay snow covered throughout most of the year and the weather toward the peeks can be treacherous. Lightning storms, strong winds, intense fog, and blizzards plague the mountains through fall until early spring. Snowfall can reach 300 cm every two weeks during late winter and melts off about 40 cm in late spring. There is little contributed to the Morae except, of course, nutrients.
One could say that the Morae carries life from the Balandic Mountains. Nutrient rich soil runs off the mountain slopes with the spring melt and flows into the river causing lush forest growth below. While the Balandic Mountains can be inhospitable, there are quite a few organisms that call this place home.