Ethereal Eclipse

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General

Region Seabreeze Brink
Subterritories
Major Waterways Bay of Fundy
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

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.

2.  Landmarks

2.1  Kejimkujik National Park

The massive Kejimkujik National Park spans 404 kilometers (251 miles) over the southern half of Nova Scotia, comprising both the Ethereal Eclipse and some of the Broken Occident territories. The park consists of two geographically separate properties. The main park, located in the inland areas, is comprised of thick mixed forests, with Pine dominating over other species. The smaller part of the park, the coastal areas along the northernmost ridge of the Kejimkujik, is almost solely pine forest, far thinner than the thick woodland stretching over the center of the park.

The whole of the Kejimkujik -- often abbreviated to Keji -- was once well-marked with various trails, but of course these well-marked hiking routes have decayed into dirt paths and deer trails over the years. A large lake, the Gaspereau, sits within the park's boundary, though it is very near to the southernmost border.

2.2  Esper Hollow

Named for the pack that previously occupied this space, Esper Hollow is -- as the name suggests -- a hollow within the Ethereal Eclipse forest. The land, which otherwise steadily rises toward South Mountain's peak, takes a sudden dip and forms a bowl where Esper Hollow sits. A few small meadows form a break in the otherwise thick pine cover. A thin fog hangs around the area, characteristic of the Nova Scotian climate. The area seems altogether eerie; though the trees do not press as close as the larger Ethereal Eclipse forest, sounds seem muted and color faded in this sad patch of the deep forests.

2.3  South Mountain

This mountain comprises the southern ridge of the Overgrowth Sunrise's Annapolis Valley. South Mountain rises gradually from the Atlantic coast from the Shattered Coast and northern Shiloh Hills regions, stretching north and steadily rising in elevation through the Ethereal Eclipse. As with North Mountain, South Mountain descends sharply at its northernmost edge to form the south wall of the Annapolis Valley. Much like North Mountain, this ridge is almost completely forested.

3.  Waterways

3.1  Gaspereau Lake

The Gaspereau is a large lake in the southern region of Ethereal Eclipse, part of the Kejimkujik. This is one of the larger lakes in Nova Scotia. It drains into a river by the same name, which slices through the Shattered Coast territory and flows into the Atlantic. During the spring, the Alewife fish migrates from the ocean up the Gaspereau River; these fishes then spawn in the shallow waters of Gaspereau Lake. A dam where the Gaspereau River drains the lake contains a fish ladder (a structure on or around artificial barriers [i.e., dams and locks] to facilitate fishes' natural migration).

3.2  Oberon's Spring

Within the Ethereal Eclipse forest lies Oberonís Spring, a wonderful fishing spot. The water in the spring is consistently clear and cold, even during the hottest of summer days. The fresh spring empties out into a small stream that slowly winds itís way towards the Gaspereau Lake. The creek and stream are home to large populations of Northern Crayfish, an invasive species introduced in the time of humanity. Though the crustaceans have not spread to other waterways as of yet, they are very populous in the spring and the surrounding creeks.

4.  History

  • In April 2016, a meteor struck sea and decimated most of the area to the south but also downed masses of tall, old trees. While this has created a mass of timber littering the area it has also allowed for the encouragement of new growth.

5.  Sources

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