Crown of Thunder

One of the dramatic sights in the Necklace archipelago, the Crown of Thunder earned its name from the perpetual storm cloud that hung over the mountain peak at the island’s heart. Most ships avoided reprovisioning there, despite its bounty of fruits and fresh water, for worry that they would be struck by lightning while sheltering in its coves.

As the tale goes, the Crown of Thunder was settled by one person, a wizard named Takmah al-Assamai. Takmah was the apprentice of one of the sorcerers revealed to be the Shadow Viziers, and fought against his former master during the conflict. He took as his prize the Thunderbolt Jewel, and retreated to the island to build a fastness of his own. Reputedly, Takmah was a summoner of no small skill, and he raised his tower with the aid of a quarrelsome air-spirit. It is believed that the island’s constant thundercloud was called by al-Assamai, and that it was an unremarkable member of the archipelago before his residence.

Perhaps guided by his own relationship between master and student, Takmah took no apprentices. He eventually withdrew from the world — a sorcerer’s turn of phrase meaning “traveled to another plane of existence, or died without witness” — and the Crown of Thunder swirled on. His works were not forgotten, however, as the Ascending Flame would later visit the Crown in search of the Thunderbolt Jewel.

Crown of Thunder

13th Voyage Barastrondo