The first knights to settle and build the furness in Coerthas were said to have named the area after the unusual shape of its rocky outcroppings, which to them resembled the severed head of a dragon.
— In-game description
First Dicasterial Observatorium of Aetherial and Astrological of Phenomena
Three hundred years ago, Ishgardian astrologian Adaunel the Younger convinced the Holy See that he could predict the comings and goings of the Dravanian Horde by studying the movements of the heavens, and thus secured funding for the construction of the Observatorium and its grand astroscope.
This massive viaduct which once provided passage to the Coerthas Eastern Highlands is immortalized in Ishgardian legend as the location where King Thordan and his knights twelve fought the great wyrm Nidhogg. A portion of the bridge was destroyed during the Seventh Umbral Calamity and is currently undergoing repair.
Built into the rolling knolls so that they appear smaller than they actually are, the Skyfire Locks are a series of defensive fortifications which may be used as shelters for merchants and smallfolk to escape an assault from above.