Shadowed Autumn Leaves
From Shishinza’s Dossier
Triggered by a powerful earthquake not long after the emergence of Kaigen’s Island, the Fire Fountains are one of the most spectacular, albeit dangerous, sights in the Empire. The term “Fountain” is more than just poetic; powerful eruptions of incandescent lava reach scores and sometimes hundreds of feet into the air. More lava pours from vents and fissures in the rock, forming flows that eventually spill into the sea and quench, steaming, into new rock. As a result, Kaigen’s Island is slowing growing, adding hundreds of square feet of new land to itself every day. While beautiful, the Fire Fountains are also potentially deadly. Only the eta of Broken Wave City regularly approach them closely, using them as a natural crematorium for the city’s common dead. However, more than a few eta have been killed by the Fountains in the process, overcome by heat or fumes, or struck and killed by sudden bursts of rock and lava.