Eastern Realms Territories

POSTED: Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:22 am

Eastern Realms


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Eastern Realms comprises Halcyon Mountain and all lands northward, including the former Bleeding Souls territories, vacated after the 2008 wildfire. The old woods have since recovered and are once again rich and green, flourishing with new growth and abundant prey.

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  • Climate: The climate tends toward cool and wet. Heavy ice build-up in the northern gulf makes for cold winters, though summer can be enjoyably mild thanks to the western strait's warm water flow.
  • Geography: Most of this region is well-above sea level; the terrain ranges from hilly to mountainous. The land has been irrevocably shaped by the 2008 wildfire; much of the terrain is still recovering. The shoreline is Atlantic; although the water is cold and the waves are strong, the shore lacks the bay coast's extreme tidal range.
  • Demographics: This region was sparsely populated prior to the apocalypse. There is little sign of human occupation outside outside of Sydney. The mountains in particular were unpopulated, and the fire destroyed much evidence of human life further north.
  • Fauna: Goats, bats, whitetail deer, various rodents, red foxes. Unique animals include the American Marten and the Hooded Seal.
  • Flora: Halcyon Mountain's underbrush is dominated by Alpine Bilberry and Mountain Cranberry; the forest is mixed, consisting of both coniferous and deciduous trees. In the burned lands, the dominant tree species are paper birch and Quaking Aspen, both pioneer species tending to dominate post-wildfire, along with invasive English Oak. Roman Wormwood is another pioneer plant dominating the northernmost terrain.

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POSTED: Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:23 am

Primeval Memories

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These are the former territories of Bleeding Souls, burned in the 2008 fires. Though the fire was catastrophic, destroying much of the old-growth forests of the area, life had since returned to the area, with young new trees, lush undergrowth, and ample prey.

Nevertheless, evidence of a decade-old disaster still linger. The corpses of scorched, fallen and rotted trees can be found under what sometimes appears as solid ground, under a layer of moss and grass. Here and there, patches of dirt stubbornly continue to shun new growth and remain barren.

Wentworth Valley

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The Wentworth Valley cuts through the Halcyon Mountains and the Cobequid Foothills, formed by a glacier as it cut through the earth and slid toward the sea. Although a few tiny towns once existed within the fertile valley during the time of the humans, they have since fallen to complete ruin -- the only evidence of their existence is the occasional still-standing foundation of a house, or a pile of rotting wood. Some of the trees are bent at awkward angles, and the occasional dead log sits in an impossible place -- speared through boulders at the edge of the valley, for example. At one time after the demise of humanity, a great deluge came through the area, wiping it clean of any evidence of man.

Cobequid Foothills

darijuss@Flickr

The Foothills, formerly a territory of Bleeding Souls, comprised of the low-lying mountains to the north of Halcyon Mountain. In comparison the larger ridge, these are mere rolling hills, though they are gray and foreboding. Stinking sulphur pits, evidence of the long-dormant volcanic activity in the area, comprise what were once kettle lakes and pits, and the area seems overcome with a dense, stinking fog. Even the formerly beautiful Tranquil Springs have become tainted and poisonous to drink from -- any other streams or pools of water in the area are a genuine gamble. The dead and dying remnants of the trees, spared death from the fire but dying a slower one as the land surrounding them seems to die, are steadily withering. Nevertheless, stubborn shrubbery still takes root here between the charred trees -- though they are stunted and gnarled in accordance with their harsh surroundings. Even the birds don't nest here -- the area is devoid of life other than the obstinate shrubs sprouting here and there.

Âmes de la Mort

lumachrome@Flickr

The Âmes de la Mort, stretching south of the Cobequid Foothills to the marshy reaches of the Sosye Basin, was once a dead, gray land, littered with dead trees and thirsty dirt. These lands were the initial tinder for the vast wildfire that consumed its surroundings. The territory, once home to the Shadowed Stars pack, had become withered and gray long before the fire; however, in the aftermath, it seems to have fared the best of its surrounding territories. Most of the trees here fell during the initial fire and have begun to rot away; saplings can be seen here, and although the land seems strangely flat and bare, there is evidence of green, returning life. Strangely, however, the predominant settler seems to be the English Oak, which is not native to Nova Scotia. The tree seems to quash its competitors, guaranteeing a forest predominated by the invasive species in several years' time.

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POSTED: Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:24 am

Concrete Jungle

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The city did not burn as well as the surrounding forests; nevertheless, char marks and other evidence of fire can be seen clearly in the old city of Sydney. In 2020, new devastation struck the city in the form of two major earthquakes three months apart. This flattened the remains of the city, with anything over a few stories collapsing violently. It's a place of layered debris and dust. There is nothing to scavenge here. Even the plant life seems to avoid the center of the city; while the old suburbs have begun to show signs of sprouting to forest, downtown remains barren and lifeless.

Skeletal Sanctuary

thomashawk@Flickr

The Skeletal Sanctuary is all that remains of the once-beautiful suburbs of the city. The streets became rivers of fire in 2008, and bear the marks to prove it. Instead of straight, well-defined streets, most of the roads here melted and overflowed their borders, reforming and hardening back into solid asphalt when the fire retreated. Then, the 2020 earthquakes split open the asphalt to form deep fissures in the ground and through houses.

After the fire, many neighbourhoods only had stone foundations remain as wood-construction homes went up in smoke. After the quake, these foundations became piles of broken rock. Walls are rare in this area now, and even the once skeletal remains begin to fade away, overcome by wild greenery which have taken advantage of these weakening structures as crutches for new growth.

Despite the disasters, wildlife thrives here, and it's not uncommon to see a young tree spouting from the concrete in the middle of a sidewalk.

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POSTED: Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:25 am

The Blacklands

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The northeastern most lands of the Cape Breton Peninsula suffered the worst damage from the fire. Years later, the mountainous ridges have kept the beach from prospering, and the land has become even more barren and foreboding. Little plant or animal life is found past the Yawrah River -- canines wishing to trek this way are well-advised to come with their own supplies.

Haunted Forest

usfwsnortheast@Flickr

The burned ruins of the Haunted Forest are even more forlorn and ghostly. The once magnificent forest is no more; the fire took the trees to their stumps. In addition, terrible flooding later reduced the center of the territory to a boggy lagoon. Around the acrid pit of water, little vegetation has sprouted even in the time since the fire -- with only ashes as fertilizer, there is little chance life will return to this area naturally. The earth remains bleak and gray; a low fog frequently clings to the earth, as it did before the forest was razed.

Death Mountains

rgibbo3@Flickr

The once-proud mountains were shorn bald by the fire, but have since recovered gradually. Spring often sees lush forestation in the valleys and lowlands of the Montagne Orientale and shrubs and saplings thriving on the burned ruin of the old growth. North of the mountain, however, the shoreline has disappeared, sunken into the sea by 2020 earthquakes.

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POSTED: Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:25 am

Black Rock Islands

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The Black Rock Islands are an archipelago of five islands on the northern coast of the Ashes and Ashes peninsula. The largest of these is Black Rock Isle, and three of the five islands, tiny Chameau Rock, Portnova Isle, and Scatarie Island nestle quite close to Black Rock. To the far south, narrow and pointed St. Paul Island sits. None of the islands are accessible from the mainland, but only a narrow inle separates Black Rock from the northerly parts of Lightning Bay. Unfortunately, all the power of the Atlantic surges through this narrow channel at high tide, and the island becomes impassable. Sand bars make the area accessible at low tide, but the malleable nature of the sand means the path is never the same.

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