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The Ice Kingdom, the homeland of the IceWings, is currently ruled by Queen Snowfall after the sudden death of Queen Glacier caused by the IceWing plague orchestrated by Darkstalker. It makes up the "head," or northern peninsula, of Pyrrhia. The kingdom is composed primarily of mountains and glaciers while the surrounding ocean is speckled with ice floes. It is characterized by extremely cold climate and freezing winds that often reach sub-zero temperatures. The weather is complementary to the IceWing tribe's abilities and traits and how they are the only tribe who can survive the harsh environment (unless a visiting dragon has been given the Gift of Diplomacy), so they thrive in its hostile conditions without trouble. It borders the northern ocean and the Kingdom of Sand, and some of the Sky Kingdom.

Description

The Ice Kingdom is well-known for its subzero temperatures and freezing winds.[1] There are islands with caves surrounding the IceWing palace,[2] as well as dark green oceans studded with drifting pieces of ice.[3] Distant splashes of whales and seals carry across the cool, quiet ice, and the smallest changes can be detected in the frozen world.[4] Winter described the Ice Kingdom to be the safest and most purely beautiful place in Pyrrhia,[5] a snowy landscape dotted with sheer cliffs and pure blue lakes.[6] It is rare to find complete darkness, even at night; the Gift of Light is spread throughout the kingdom, and there are moon globes everywhere. There is a lot of open space, and the three moons glitter on everything: the snow, the palace, the frozen lakes, and the glaciers.[7] According to Winter, cities in the Ice Kingdom are very carefully built. It is clear where the wealth and power are, who has it, and who can influence it.[8]

The southern border of the Ice Kingdom is defended by the Great Ice Cliff, also known as the Gift of Defense: a sheer, unbroken line of ice. It is the IceWings' oldest animus gift, and it shoots lethal icicle spears at any tribe besides IceWings who approach it. It does not harm IceWing hybrids. It is secret defensive magic, and no other tribes are aware of it.[9]

The Ice Kingdom's land is mostly snowy, icy, cold tundra, with multiple glaciers adding to the overall shape of the kingdom. It is cold enough that almost everywhere is covered with snow. Darkstalker said that for tribes besides IceWings, the Ice Kingdom would be horrible to conquer. The map of Pyrrhia shows that there are areas of mountain and boreal forest in the Ice Kingdom, which are also snow-covered. Icebergs, ice sheets, and ice floes litter the sea around the kingdom.

The southern land border of the Ice Kingdom is defended by the Great Ice Cliff, which is an animus-touched barrier that skewers any other tribe invaders with icicle spears. The only way visitors may pass through is with one of three animus-touched bracelets that allow a member of another tribe to pass the wall, as part of the Gift of Diplomacy. Queen Snowfall's palace is located in the far north, on the peninsula. It is said to be made entirely of enchanted ice, an animus gift, except the dome of the Welcoming Center, which is made of normal ice. The palace is described to be consistent with such a low temperature that no dragon other than an IceWing would be able to survive. Inside the palace, there is a Moon Globe Tree created by the animus Frostbite, which is known as the "Gift of Light".

It was mentioned in Darkstalker (Legends) that there were three other palaces in the Ice Kingdom.

Formerly, Blaze's fortress was near the edge of the Ice Kingdom, for the reason that tribes other than IceWings cannot survive in arctic climates.

If Princess Blaze had won the war, the Ice Kingdom would have been expanded to include the rocky land bordering the Kingdom of Sand. It is very little there, but Deathbringer pointed out that there may be valuable treasure buried beneath the rocks that Blaze might not have known about.

It was mentioned in The Hidden Kingdom that IceWings had taverns, but no further evidence of this has been found.

Wildlife

Wildlife

Animals

  • Birds
    • Hawks
    • Penguins
    • Snowy owls[10]
  • Ermines
  • Foxes
  • Hares
  • Lynxes
  • Polar bears[2]
  • Rabbits 
  • Pinnipeds
  • Wolves
  • Caribou[11]
  • Seals[12] 
    • Elephant seals
  • Walruses[13]
  • Sardines
  • Whales[4]
    • Belugas
    • Narwhals

Plants

Queen Snowfall's palace

Queen Snowfall's palace is the IceWing palace. IceWings with first and second circle rankings live inside it. It is described to be the most beautiful palace in all of Pyrrhia by Winter (although he could be biased, as he is an IceWing prince). The palace is located on the very top of the kingdom, close to Pyrrhia's ocean so that dragons who survived the Great Ice Cliff would most likely freeze to death before reaching the palace. Its fortifications were enchanted by twin animus IceWings to never crack, never melt, and never be harmed by outside attacks. The inside walls are enchanted to mimic the current weather outside the palace. This is the Gift of Elegance, created by an unnamed IceWing animus.

Great Ice Cliff

The Great Ice Cliff is an animus touched wall that borders the Ice Kingdom and shoots large icicle spears at any dragon who is not an IceWing or an IceWing hybrid if they attempt to fly over the wall into the Ice Kingdom. It was an animus gift from an unnamed IceWing animus and was named the Gift of Defense. It was mentioned by Winter in Winter Turning when he and Hailstorm flew over it. The only way for a dragon that's from another tribe to fly over without getting killed is to put on one of three animus-touched bracelets that prevent the Great Ice Cliff's effects. These bracelets were called the Gift of Diplomacy. The reason the IceWings only have three bracelets could possibly be because it would prevent large groups of dragons from other tribes from entering the Ice Kingdom.

In Darkstalker, Prince Arctic took Whiteout towards the IceWing territory to offer her talons in marriage in exchange for Foeslayer's life. The Cliff also lets IceWing hybrids pass over it safely as well since Typhoon says that being half IceWing is IceWing enough.

In the epilogue of The Poison Jungle, Queen Snowfall asked Jerboa II to extend the Great Ice Cliff to protect them from the LeafWings and SilkWings, but not only did she not want to, but Jerboa was also unable to complete her request due to animus magic currently being broken.

Diamond Caves

The Diamond Caves are a system of ice caverns within the Ice Kingdom where the Diamond Trial takes place. They were named after the trial's creator, Queen Diamond. It is also known as the Gift of Vengeance. These caves are also where Foeslayer was trapped until Winter set her free in Winter Turning. Winter mentions that Queen Diamond used her animus power more than once to create the Diamond Caves, and then to imprison Foeslayer. 

They are a series of caves and caverns made mostly of ice, filled with stalactites and stalagmites like any other cavern, located at the north-westernmost peninsula on Pyrrhia. Near Foeslayer's cave, there is an uncountable amount of frozen IceWing dragonets, who all died during the Diamond Trial. An underground river runs near the entrance to the cave, into a dark chasm.

History

In The Hidden Kingdom, Glory and Jambu traveled to the Ice Kingdom to find Blaze disguised as two IceWings. They tested her to see if she was worthy of the next ruler of the SandWings. Deathbringer was hiding near the border, possibly meaning that he lived in the Ice Kingdom while waiting for Blaze and the dragonets. There he attempted to kill her with sharp metal disks from the Night Kingdom.

In Queen Snowfall's palace, the courtyard grows a tree made of ice. This is called the Moon Globe Tree. Growing on the tree are moon globes, which are sources of light and can be picked by passing dragons. This tree was made by an animus dragon named Frostbite, who is mentioned in Winter Turning.

There is also a group of narwhal horns enchanted by Queen Diamond, known as the gift of healing, in the case of an IceWing hurting another IceWing or themselves with frostbreath. It is mentioned that Queen Diamond might have regretted making this her gift to the IceWings because it is only really used for younger dragonets who were playing around.

There is also a trio of animus touched pools, known as the gift of sustenance,  that produces a seal to swim by every time an IceWing reaches in. However, only the lowest-ranked dragons use it as dragons in the higher circles consider it a weakness to eat food that so easily came to you.

And finally, among the mentioned animus touched objects, there is also a wall that acts as a shield for the IceWings and it is called the Great Ice Cliff. If any dragon that was not an IceWing tried to cross or fly over it, they would immediately be impaled by an ice spear and killed. According to book ten, Darkness of Dragons, hybrids will count as full IceWings when crossing over the wall.

Trivia

  • One of Blaze's soldiers decided to explore the Ice Kingdom, but as soon as she flew over the Great Ice Cliff, she was impaled by an ice spear, resulting in her death. Her snow-blanketed body was found alongside the Cliff. The blankets were frozen to her, making her look like a SeaWing at first glance.
  • The whereabouts of the Gift of Diplomacy is unknown since it was stolen by NightWing visitors when Arctic ran away with Foeslayer.
  • Snowfall called the Great Ice Cliff useless; likely because even if it didn't exist, any tribes entering the Ice Kingdom would be killed by its freezing temperatures.

Gallery

References

  1. Winter Turning, page 236
  2. 2.0 2.1 Winter Turning, page 4
  3. Winter Turning, page 202
  4. 4.0 4.1 Winter Turning, page 30
  5. Winter Turning, page 92
  6. Winter Turning, page 238
  7. Winter Turning, page 116
  8. Winter Turning, page 207
  9. Winter Turning, page 235
  10. Winter Turning, page 1
  11. Winter Turning, page 239
  12. Winter Turning, page 159
  13. Winter Turning, page 101
  14. Winter Turning, page 271
IceWings
Queens

Present: SnowfallGlacier
Historical: Diamond

Royalty

Present: HailstormIcicleNarwhalTundraWinter
Historical: ArcticFrostbitePenguinSnowfox

Jade Mountain

WinterIcicleAlbaChangbaiErmine

Other Dragons

CirrusFjordHviturLynxSnowflake

Hybrids

DarkstalkerWhiteoutEclipseFierceclawsShadowhunterTyphoon

Kingdom

Great Ice CliffMoon Globe TreeIceWing palaceDiamond Caves

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