Western Tangles Territories

POSTED: Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:02 am

Western Tangles


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The Western Tangles are the westernmost ends of the Nova Scotian peninsula, consisting of a collection of islands, lakes, and some inland forest. Much of the coast here is particularly cool and wet; as the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bay of Fundy, the area is subjected to some of the harsher tides and weather the cold waters can muster. Fog covers the coastline frequently, snaking far inland to serenely cling to the drier inland wilderness. Evidence of humanity remains in scarce traces, for most of it was scattered during the catalysmic events in the Spring of 2016.

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  • Climate: The southerly parts of Nova Scotia jut out into the ocean, surrounded by the bay and Atlantic. While the southern climate may not match the north for its cold winter, the south can boast the thickest and most persistent fog.
  • Geography: The Western Tangles region is dominated by low, large hills. There are numerous rivers and small streams throughout this territory. Perhaps most interesting is the southernmost shoreline, with its numerous harbors, bays, and islands.
  • Demographics: Traces of humanity can be found largely in debris, though a few notable areas remain.
  • Prey: Abundant -- the vast swaths of inland forests, untouched even before humanity's destruction, provide extensive land for all manner of prey animals.
  • Fauna: Elk are the dominant species, though they do not frequent the coasts. Peregrine Falcon and the Osprey as well as various species of cranes, plovers, and sandpipers are among the shorebirds found in this region. Horses can be found on Cheval Island and, rarely, along the mainland coast close to the island.
  • Flora: The Northern Bayberry finds even the rocky and unforgiving soil of the coast suitable; Sweetfern and invasive Fennel prefer inland forest. Eastern Hemlock, Black Spruce, White Pine, and American Elm are the dominant tree species.

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POSTED: Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:04 am

Broken Occident

In the aftermath of a meteor crashing offshore, the western coast of Nova Scotia split apart. The rocky shore has been devastated, with many areas sinking straight into the sea or splitting off into unstable islands.

Clements Park

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Clements Park was a planned construction in a rather desolate area of Nova Scotia. Far from the population centers of Halifax and other larger towns, the park was intended to be an amusement area and zoo. It began construction in early 1988 amid heavy controversy, and it remained unfinished upon the demise of humanity. Now, the collapsed and skeletal structures of half-finished amusement rides stand between containment areas for the animals. All of Clements Park stands in haphazard disarray, though the introduction of non-native plants to the planned preserve offers an interesting variety of flora in the area.

Wolf's Peak

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The low and rolling hills of the southern mountains begin in the Trenches and wrap around the Serena Reserve lowlands. Along the coast mountains again rise from the earth, though here they are rounded, low-leaning peaks. An extremely large drumlin forms a menacing, long ridge of land named Wolf's Peak. The highest elevations of this mountain are thickly forested, with a clear treeline providing the perimeter of Ethereal Eclipse. The downward slopes include a few exceptionally dangerous sheer drops. A few rocky beaches below the ridge are dotted with tidal pools, shaped by the strong tides of the Bay of Fundy.

Mersey Lake

The Mersey Lake is a former meadow-turned-floodplain that filled with water and finally refused to drain. Game in the form of deer and grouse frequently navigate its soft grounds, and one can procure a meal easily within the Mersey Lagoon area. There is little in the way of cover surrounding the lake, as trees only grow on its easternmost face.

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POSTED: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:21 am

Ethereal Eclipse

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Dominated mostly by the invasive English Oaks and the native Black and White Ash tree species, the territory was once a wilderness park. While the thickly packed forest was once capable of blocking out the sun, the cataclysmic events of 2016 wrecked havoc in the area. Great swatches of trees came down in mass, leaving behind towering piles of wooden rubble. With new gaps to allow sun in fresh growth has already begun to take advantage of this. The forest seems like a less overbearing place these days, though dark hollows made up of the oldest, sturdiest trees still hold lordship over the place. Ethereal Eclipse is generally a cool and damp forest, dotted with streams and brooks. The area is well-populated with fauna, as well -- moose, deer, and other large ungulates often make their home in the forest, along with an innumerable variety of smaller creatures.

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POSTED: Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:23 am

Shiloh Hills

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The Shiloh Hills are an area made up of sparse trees and brush, consisting largely of low, rolling grassy hills. There are some rocky outcroppings and other evidence of glacial activity, and in many places these appear more recently disrupted. The forest sweeping in from Ethereal Eclipse ends abruptly, as with the jagged and sharp cliffs found in the Shattered Coast area to the north -- the Shiloh Hills coast is more serene than to the north. The area is peaceful and serene, and exceptionally foggy.

Rabbit Lake

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No stranger to the turbulent forces of nature, Rabbit Lake nevertheless remains a picturesque place. This previously instigated its protection by humans prior to the virus. The land has continued to flourish, and the lake is pristine and clear. Rolling hardwood hills surround the lake. Few trees dot the hills, and much of the land is home to white-footed moose, the common shrew, short-tailed shrew, and red-backed vole. Low shrubs and black spruce trees are more plentiful than other plants, but white and red oak trees are slowly beginning to grow. Following the spring events of 2016, Rabbit Lake swelled beyond its banks -- and shows no sign of receding.

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Western Tangles