No risk of Colford Cauldron ever erupting again, they used to say. Guess they were wrong.
Not everything blew up in the Calamity. Why Colford Cauldron here blew up way ahead of its time. The Cauldron boiled over some 300 years ago. They say it filled the skies with ash, and the lakes with molten rock. If you wanted to survive something like that…you had to learn to adapt. So in a way, the beasts of the Wilds…they’re all survivors too. Takes a certain stubborn pride to keep on living in a place like this. Everything that’s still here, they’re either lucky or hardy.As for us? We learned an awful lot from Colford Cauldron. That learning led to some…interesting inventions. The raw power of the world fell right into our hands. Playing with the Cauldron’s fires…became an addiction. It was…different from smashing up rocks or cutting up foliage, to give a little light and watch things burn. Can’t fault our people for their natural curiosity, now can you? Sure we dusted off a good many secrets out here. But we discovered other things we’re better off not knowing. The unforgiving scent of sulfurous dirt. The taste of air so hot it sticks to your lungs. All sorts of awful things crawling underfoot. The more ash we swept aside, the more life we found. Never thought we’d find so much life in all that ash, when Kid picked up that Pecker Nest.
Place is inhospitable as they come. But still we pressed on. After all, when we looked down inside Colford Cauldron…Looked down through all the smoke and flames…We saw in there the heart of the world. The heart now laid bare by the Calamity…We had to have it. As for the Kid, he just has to get that Shard out of there. Too bad taking that thing woke up every last Stinkeye from here to Jawson Bog. Blasted things fill the land as far as he could see. Kid’s thinking he’s got to trek all the way back around the Cauldron. Luckily the Cauldron cooked up a little shortcut for him. Sure, it ain’t the most convenient path…but you take what you can get. Biggest Stinkeye he’s ever seen’s waiting for him on the other side. Well it ain’t polite to stare. Kid pokes it right in the eye, show it what’s what. And where there’s one Stinkeye, there’s always more. Kid lets off a burst of his new firepower to scare the Stinkeyes off. Even so, The Cauldron’s tenants all gather up to bid the Kid a fond farewell. Kid don’t shed any tears for them though.
With a good spyglass, you still can see the Cauldron from the City… …but all the fire’s died out. There’s nothing left of it.
He comes back looking like the inside of a chimney. The Shard worked like a charm. You can hear the Monument’s heartbeat again. Kid shows me the nest he got. They said the Wilds could never be tamed. If only they could see us now. Zia takes the nest off the Kid’s hands, takes care of it until the Pecker inside breaks out. We’re all a little short on friends these days so that’s a welcome sight.
We spotted a Pecker carrying a Shard to Mt. Zand.