The Keryjek Wars were the only serious conflict to occur on the Great Glacier among the Ulutiun peoples.


Most of the fighting occurred in the vicinity of the Keryjek Ridge of mountains, which gave the fifty-year conflict its name.[1]

The final battle of the conflict took place in Ertyky Valley.[2]



The war began after an especially bitter winter in −963 DR left many Iulutiun villages hungry and suffering. In response, a number of them gathered together and formed a large raiding party. They crossed into Angulutiun territory and targeted the large caribou herds those tribes tended. This act started the war, which would result in fifty years of fighting between the two groups of Ulutiuns.[1]


The final battle between the two tribes within the Ertyky Valley took place in in −913 DR and resulted in the loss of hundreds of warriors on each side.[2]


The fighting finally ceased, a treaty was signed, and with this treaty was established the custom of koatulit, in which persons from the opposite tribes were invited to live as guests for an extended time period of feasting and games. Very little fighting has occurred between the two tribes in the thousands of years following.[1]

A memorial to the war and its final clash was built within Ertyky Valley in the form of an enormous equkoku (cemetery).[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rick Swan (1992). The Great Glacier. (TSR, Inc), p. 6. ISBN 1-56076-324-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Rick Swan (1992). The Great Glacier. (TSR, Inc), p. 63. ISBN 1-56076-324-8.