The Alchemists' Quest
Great Flame Pillar
It is a great pillar of flame that reaches towards the sky. It burns continuously and the heat it radiates makes living near it impossible. The Great Fire Temple is on the closest island to the Flame Pillar. Fire creatures can exist near it relatively easily, however everything not made of fire needs some level of fire resistance in order to step outside there.
Legend says that this was where Kizil, the Ruby Phoenix, was when the first Alchemists banished the gods with the Philosopher’s Stone. She was suddenly cut off from the Elemental Fire that roiled below the surface of the world. Without her source of energy, she died. Suddenly she was reborn in a burst of flame so fierce it burned a hole in the barrier blocking her from the Elemental Chaos that fueled her. Thus the Pillar of Fire erupts from Elemental Chaos below the surface of the world and extends into the Astral Plane where the gods now dwell.