|“||The Mountain crept ever nearer, until, if they lifted their heavy heads, it filled all their sight, looming vast before them: a huge mass of ash and slag and burned stone, out of which a sheer-sided cone was raised into the clouds. Before the daylong dusk ended and true night came again they crawled and stumbled to its very feet.||”|
–The Return of the King, Mount Doom
Mount Doom, also known as Orodruin (Sindarin: Burning Mountain), is an active volcano in Mordor that is the only place at which the One Ring can be destroyed. Located at the heart of Gorgoroth, the great plateau that makes up the northwestern third of Mordor, Mount Doom is nearly impossible for the enemies of Sauron to access, as all the lands around are swarming with Orcs and other foul creatures. Mount Doom was a large part of why Sauron chose Mordor as his stronghold, as it was a natural forge with incredible power.
In the Mod, Mount Doom is a fixed structure, which means that it always generates at the same spot in every world, similarly to the Pits of Utumno or Erebor. This location is just south of the Mount Doom waypoint, or around x=92718, z=60970. It has no special features aside from the crater at the top, though a path leading up it and the Sammath Naur may be added at a later date.
Mount Doom is round and conical, rising from the flat surface of Gorgoroth all the way up to Y=232. Similarly to other fixed mountains and hills, Mount Doom isn't all that steep, and can be climbed without much of a hassle. It is unusually uniform and simplistic in structure, which suggests that the current structure of the mountain is mostly a placeholder.
The terrain of Mount Doom is no different from the rest of Gorgoroth, down to structure generation. Boulders, charred trees, and even camps and towers can generate on Mount Doom, which can sometimes interfere with the generation of the crater at the top.
At the top of Mount Doom is a vast, circular crater filled with lava. This column of lava is quite deep, and thus the mountain could be useful to those who, for whatever reason, need large quantities of lava.
Mount Doom was the fifth fixed structure to be added to the mod, and the third that wasn't an easter egg.
|The Hosts of Mordor|
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