Of Kings and Dragons
Orthost is also known as the “Isle of the Dead,” for it is here that the people of Broken Bay have traditionally buried their dead. The remains buried on the isle are rarely those of highly successful raiders, for when such a person of note dies and his body can be salvaged, he is given a proper “hero’s burial” at sea on a burning ship. The majority of those who die in Broken Bay do not warrant the destruction of a perfectly good ship, however, and are instead brought across a narrow strait to be interred amid the necropolises and graves that grace this rocky isle.
Monuments ranging from headstones to stone cairns to more elaborate mausoleums and vaults cover Orthost’s northern edge. Farther to the south, such traditional resting places become scarce, and most of the island remains an untracked wasteland. The island is home to many uneasy spirits and other dangerous undead. Regular rituals and propitiations by Ulfen mourners and priests from Skjoldmur keep the majority of these spirits at rest, but some are more aggressive and less forgiving. No one, not even the bravest of the cairn guards of Skjoldmur, willingly stays on Orthost after dark when the undead are at their strongest and most active.