Created By: TBeholder on March 17, 2011 Last Edited By: TBeholder on March 17, 2011

Volcano Lair

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Some people want to live not at volcano's feet, but in a volcano. Active or extinct. A mountain with crater is a relatively defencible location, it looks impressive and Everything's Cooler With Lava. Usually Supervillain Lair, but not always. Naturally predisposed to become a Collapsing Lair.

Most feature labyrintine cave complex, Lava Pits and use of free heat. Often done in a rather careless manner. May or may not be located on an island.



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  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Dragonlance -- The biggest Minoi settlement around is Mount Nevermind. After a combination of one angry red dragon and smokepowder storage facility led to reactivation of the volcano and subsequent discovery of useable geothermal energy.
    • Forgotten Realms -- Firenewts live in volcanic mountains. Because they need lava pit-grade heat.

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Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • March 17, 2011
    The Incredibles -- Syndrome's base at Nomanisan Island.
  • March 17, 2011
    • Subverted in Noone Lives Forever 2. It looks like this but, as it turns out, the actual lava pit inside the base would be too troublesome - so the villains use synthetic lava instead.
    • The Original Gobwin Knob in Erfworld was built on an extinct volcano.
  • March 17, 2011
    It should be noted that Dr. Jyrras' Island Base is a lampshade of this trope
    After all, nothing quite says "intelligent" like having 70 billion dollars of equipment next to an unstable volcano!
  • March 17, 2011
    • Evil Harry Dread, the low-budget Evil Overlord in The Last Hero, complains that other Dark Lords somehow manage to get volcano lairs even when the local geology is completely wrong for them.