Hailfire Peaks

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"You got your Lethal Lava Land in my Slippy-Slidey Ice World!"
"You got your Slippy-Slidey Ice World in my Lethal Lava Land!"


A not-quite-original way of saving time or storage space, bringing some originality into the standard Video Game Settings: Take two stock settings and combine them into one. Bonus points if the two are diametric opposites. Triple word score if the two are actually Lethal Lava Land and Slippy-Slidey Ice World; the pervasiveness of this combination probably stems from the fact that these are the two level themes that can be definitely called "opposites" and the fact that Color Contrast between the two makes the level more visual interesting.

The simplest way is to divide the area in half. Half of it is one stage, the other is the second kind. This can also be done chronologically, where the stage is the first way in the first half of the game, but gets changed in the second. A really clever designer will combine them into a coherent whole (even if that doesn't make sense).

In some cases, a game's entire setting may be focused on one trope, which may combine with the others by necessity.

See also Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot. See Patchwork Map for when this occurs in the overworld.

Examples of Hailfire Peaks include:

Video Game Examples

Non-Video Game Examples

Anime and Manga

  • The first New World island the Straw Hats visit in One Piece, Punk Hazard, is half-fire, half-ice. On one side, you have a sea of boiling red water, dragons, and volcanoes. On the other half, a mountain of ice and snow storms, separated from the fire half only by a large lake. That's because Aokiji and Akainu fought there two years ago.


  • The high score is currently held by the Keep of the Four Worlds in Roger Zelazny's Amber series: Lava, an ocean, mountains, and a dusty plain with never-ending tornadoes, with the castle at the place where all four intersect.

Tabletop RPG

  • The Elemental Chaos of the Dungeons & Dragons 4 ed. is a place where the laws of physics can be a bit screwy (you can have oceans made out of lightning), so places like those described in the trope are not unheard of. Furthermore, there are actual creatures that embody this trope, being lava-ice creatures.

Web Comics

Real Life

  • Mount Erebus in Antarctica is a lava lake surrounded by snow and ice.
  • Iceland - most recently, the volcanic eruptions in Spring 2010 in a glacial area, providing some stunning pictures.
  • Yellowstone, particularly in the winter.
  • Desserts that are usually served hot (like Apple Pie or Chocolate Lava Cake) then topped with ice cream rely on this dynamic and are best eaten immediately to get the full effect.
  • In winter, most active volcanoes whose crater is above the snowline are like this.
  • Hawaii's Big Island is home to just about every clime in the book. From a desert made of miles and miles of black rock, to mountaintops with occasional snow, to a rainforest (where Kona Coffee's coffee plantation is found), to more temperate zones, and of course an active volcano. The Big Island has been described as having every climate in the book, except for arctic tundra.
  • Jupiter's moon Io. A highly volcanic world that is located far enough from Sun for the temperatures to drop to -150 degrees Celsius when it's not erupting.
  • The "snowball Earth" period early in our planet's history is thought to have ended because of the accumulating atmospheric greenhouse gases released through volcanism.
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