Geography and Geology
The topography around Mount Schirm is comprised largely of low hills and flat areas with the occasional geologic uplift, bisected by the winding Edelstein River. A likely explanation for this uplift is due to a magma plume in ancient times which cooled enough to form a solid mass of granite that was then exposed by erosion. The main rock formations in the area are sedimentary deposits laid down by the Edelstein River as it wandered back and forth across the area over hundreds of thousands of years. Ore mining in this area once fuled the industrial might of Belka, and many of the low tree-covered hills dotting the landscape are actually spoil and tailings from the mining efforts over the years. The climate of Mount Schirm features long winters and short summers. The entrance to the Yering Mine is located at the southern foot of Mount Schirm, perpendicular to a nearby airfield.
The Belkan War (Operation Stone Age)
Near the end of the Belkan War in June 1995, the Belkan military began a full-scale retreat and attempted to regroup at Mount Schirm, a Belkan rear air base and nuclear weapons storage site.
The Ustian Air Force dispatched the 66th AFU Galm to the area with orders to engage and destroy as many of the Belkan forces as possible. During their attack, a large hangar was spotted near an airfield at the base of the mountain. After the war this structure was confirmed to be the hangar for the prototype Belkan XB-0 Hresvelgr. A former ore mine had been converted into a climate-controlled storage site to house Belka's nuclear stockpile. At the end of the war the mine was sealed and the air base abandoned in situ.
Circum-Pacific War (Operation Silver Eye & Operation Deep Six)
In December 2010, the newly-christened "Ghosts of Razgriz" undertook a reconnaissance mission at Mt. Schirm, and found that Belkan Forces were actively engaged in efforts to retrieve the nuclear weapons that had remained sealed in the underground tunnels for 15 years. Blaze was tasked with flying solo through the region, avoiding the early-warning radar network that blanketed the surrounding forests to retrieve visual confirmation of the digging activity. The next day the base was attacked and the entrance to the mine was collapsed after aerial assault, thus entombing the last of Belka's nuclear weapons under thousands of tons of solid rock. Despite their best efforts, three warheads had been smuggled out before the portal to the nuclear weapons storage site was destroyed.