Mondstadt and Liyue are both bordered by the Dragonspine mountain. It is, however, considered a characteristic of the former. Barbatos, the Archon of Mond, is depicted in the Statue of Seven on the mountain. The remnants of a lost civilization lie buried beneath the ice and snow on the mountain, waiting to tell their storey.
This is the story of Sal Vindagnyr.
The Blizzard Strayer Set
The Blizzard Strayer set, like all other elemental-themed artifact sets, is the best for a DPS Cryo user. At the very least, one that can deal Cryo damage on a continuous basis. Ganyu, Ayaka, or Chongyun are likely candidates among the current cast. Despite the fact that Eula and Rosaria are primarily physical damage dealers, the Crit Rate boosts benefit them as well. Because they don’t have a way to infuse Cryo for their weapon attacks, Diona’s and Qiqi’s skills benefit from the Cryo DMG boost. Because they’re both support characters, they benefit more from other stats.
Its two-stage effect boosts Cryo DMG by 15%. When the target is affected by Cryo, equipping two more artifacts increases the equipped character’s Crit Rate by 20%. If the target is frozen, it increases Crit Rate by 20%. This is beneficial for those characters who rely on critical hits in the DPS meta.
Building Crit Rate does not have to be a top priority because of the four-set effects. It is automatically increased by 40% when an opponent is frozen. When you add the Cryo Resonance effect to the mix, you get a total bonus Crit Rate of 55%.
Some players even employ it against non-Cryo players. Consider the case of Xingqiu. He can easily freeze enemies with Chongyun’s infusion circle as a Hydro user (E skill). Keep Xingqiu in the Cryo infusion circle and apply a 4-set Blizzard Strayer to him. When he uses his skills, he instantly freezes opponents and keeps the 4-set bonuses active. There’s even a video on YouTube about a ‘Cryo’ Beidou if you want to try something different! Some players even employ it against non-Cryo players. Consider the case of Xingqiu. He can easily freeze enemies with Chongyun’s infusion circle as a Hydro user (E skill). Keep Xingqiu in the Cryo infusion circle and apply a 4-set Blizzard Strayer to him. When he uses his skills, he instantly freezes opponents and keeps the 4-set bonuses active. There’s even a video on YouTube about a ‘Cryo’ Beidou if you want to try something different!
The artifacts are from the Peak of Vindagnyr, a domain on Dragonspine’s highest peak. The Heart of Depth, a Hydro-themed set, is another set that could be farmed in the same domain.The artifacts are from the Peak of Vindagnyr, a domain on Dragonspine’s highest peak. The Heart of Depth, a Hydro-themed set, is another set that could be farmed in the same domain.
The People of Sal Vindagyr
The mountain known as Dragonspine was once a lush, flourishing mountain before ice and snow engulfed it. Vindagnyr was the name of the city, and Sal Vindagnyr was the name of the kingdom that ruled it. People who lived there sought refuge on the mountain to avoid the blizzards that afflicted Mond prior to Barbatos’ arrival. They built a city on top of the mountain and prospered for a while.
A white tree in their kingdom was looked after by the people. They hold that tree in such high regard that when a princess is born beneath it, the priestess bestows blessings on the child. One of those gifts is the ability to see into the future, which she used in her art. She began painting frescoes over time, some of which can still be seen in the game today.
Celestia was anchored to the mountain by the Skyfrost Nail during these events. At least, some of the murals imply as much. It could be one of the reasons for Sal Vindagnyr’s success. In any case, the princess dreamed of a dragon spewing a cloud of scarlet poison across the mountain. In addition to this terrifying dream, the Skyfrost Nail fell into the mountain, bringing with it ice and snow blizzards.
A Ray of Hope
They asked an outlander, Imunlaukr, to find a way to stop the cold in order to solve the problem. He had a close relationship with the princess, who awaited his return and presented him with the Snow-Tombed Starsilver sword. She had promised to finish a fresco for the hero when he returned, but her words were lost in the storm.
The Skyfrost Nail split into three while he was gone, landing on the Starglow Cavern, an underground chamber where their tree grew, and on the spot where their tree grew. When the princess noticed the tree’s state, she took it upon herself to select the tree’s most complete branch and attempt to graft it onto a healthy one. It didn’t work, and the princess died near her attempt in a snowstorm.
Another attempted to heal the tree’s Ley Lines, but they had all withered and any attempts had been futile. They took the princess to the Starglow Cavern to be buried. The people succumbed to their fate because they had no princess and no hope of surviving the bitter cold and never-ending blizzards.
Imunlaukr returned unsuccessful in his hunt for answers and found the city abandoned and its inhabitants dead. Cursing the gods of Celestia, he left the city and the sword he was given to find a place where he could fight.
As a result, the once lush mountain has turned to ice and snow, and its inhabitants have long since vanished. It sat untouched for years until the disaster struck. Gold had corrupted the dragon Durin, who attacked Mondstadt. Barbatos was the only one who could defend Mond while the Knights were away on an expedition. He awoke and summoned one of the Four Winds, Dvalin, to battle the corrupted dragon.
Dvalin was victorious, though he did not sustain any injuries. He threw the body of the slain dragon onto the mountain. The princess’s dream came true, but she and her people were not present to see it. The shattered tree resurrected with the dragon’s remains, but it couldn’t grow any further until the Traveler arrived on the mountain. The event also prompted the locals to rename the mountain to Dragonspine, as it is known in the current game.
Under all this ice and snow, this once-prosperous civilization lay in ruins, with only a few murals to prove their existence. Years later, the Traveler may find a few more relics, which are all that’s left of the people.
Imunlaukr, on the other hand, appears to have returned to Old Mondstadt, given that Andrius and Decarabian were still fighting for the seat of Archon. As a descendant of the Mondstadt Imunlaukr Clan, he managed to find a wife before dying. With their battles, he and his descendants amused the gods. The clan faded into obscurity later, and no known or confirmed characters can claim lineage at this time.
That’s the tragic story of the people of Sal Vindagnyr and the mountain now known as Dragonspine.
The Skyfrost Nail looks a lot like the pillars in the game’s log-in screen. What we see on that screen could be a part of Celestia, though that hasn’t been confirmed. The murals in Dragonspine’s secret room, which depict Celestia hovering over the mountain and the Nail in place, support this theory.
As a result, Imunlaukr’s curse against the gods makes sense. The nail would not have fallen into the mountain and killed the people if they hadn’t moved. However, we don’t know why they moved or whether they intended for the nail to fall or not. Also, it’s possible that it was for the best. After all, Durin’s corrupting influence was sealed in by the ice and snow, confining it to the mountain. It could have spread to the rest of Mond if it hadn’t been stopped. I hope you learned a lot about Dragonspine! Continue to enjoy learning about Teyvat’s lore as well as the backstories of items and locations in Genshin. Whether it’s in-game or on the blog, there’s always something new to look forward to.