"'No risk of Colford Cauldron ever eruptin' again,' they used t'say. Guess they were wrong."
Colford Cauldron was a dormant volcano last known to have erupted 300 years ago. The surrounding area continued to smolder even after the Calamity, surrounded by a lake of molten rock and retaining its characteristic sooty, boiling climate.
Caelondian explorers were extremely surprised to find the Cauldron filled with thriving wildlife.
"With a good spyglass you can still see the Cauldron from the City. The fire's died out; there's nothin' left in it."
"The Cauldron boiled over some 300 years ago. They say it filled the skies with ash and the lake with molten rock. If you wanted to survive somethin' like that, you had to learn t' adapt. It takes a certain stubborn pride to keep on livin' in a place like this.
As for us, we learned an awful lot from Colford Cauldron. That learnin' led to some...interestin' inventions. The raw power of the world fell right into our hands. Playin' with the Cauldron's fires became an addiction.
Can't fault our people for their natural curiosity now can ya? Sure we dusted off a good many secrets out here. But we learned other things we were better off not knowing. The unforgiving scent of sulfur's dirt...The taste of air so hot it sticks to your lungs...All sorts of awful things crawlin' underfoot. Never thought we'd find so much life in all that ash.
We kept siftin' through the Cauldron's secrets anyway. The more ash we swept aside, the more life we found. But still we pressed on. After all, when we looked down inside Colford Cauldron, looked down through all the smoke and flames, we saw the heart of the world. The heart now laid bare by the Calamity. We had to have it."