Dev Blog–Mount Nefisigg: Snow, Castles, and Knights

As production for The Regret of Vitrerran continues, I’m finding myself heading back to older levels to spruce them up a bit or even completely add new parts. As I was building the interior of Castle Alboiss the other day, it occurred to me that I hadn’t ever written a blog about Vitrerran’s ice level, which is strange since it’s been fairly complete for a long time now and acts as the setting to our demo. It’s high-time we’ve had a writeup about it!

ice mtn2

Mount Nefisigg, home to Fort Frostwind at the bottom and Castle Alboiss at the very top, is at the northernmost part of Vitrerran, where it’s cold all the time and snows often. The mountain itself is huge (both in-lore and in physical construction), treacherous, and home to a very hardy group of humans. It took centuries of hard work and magic to mold the mountain into a livable place, though visitors from warmer climates still question how livable Mount Nefisigg truly is.

Yet no one can doubt how resourceful or intelligent the people are. Mount Nefisigg is home to more advanced technology and engineering than its neighbors, and one only need to see the size of its buildings or ride the lift from Fort Frostwind to the castle to realize that the place is special.

Of all the countries in Vitrerran, Mount Nefisigg is the only one run by a monarchy. It is also the only country with an army of knights at its helm. King Midus prides himself on these two facts, though some might say his pride has gotten the best of him. Castle Alboiss and its knights aren’t exactly well loved throughout Vitrerran, and King Midus has made more enemies than friends as of late. He’s quite hopeful that the portals will fix that though, because despite some bad blood, his kingdom is rich in pretty much everything, from resources everyone needs to piles and piles of gold.

Money can fix a lot of problems.

That’s enough lore for now though, so have some pictures!

castle interior

ice castle

ice fort

ice mtn1

ice mtn3

Construction for Mount Nefisigg has been fairly sporadic, all things considered. I started the level second, once the fire level was done, but wound up jumping around between this level and others. I also wound up deleting and restarted a bunch of the bigger areas.

Sporadic or not, I’m happy with how it looks. The place is big, perhaps the biggest level in the game, and I think it has the most variety to it too.

I hope ya guys like it. I certainly do.

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