Halcyon Mountains

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General

Region Sticks and Stones
Subterritories Stellarton Mines

Howling Caverns
Phosphagos Foothills
Serene Sands

Major Waterways
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

The Appalachian Mountains run through the area, spanning from the far west to the east coast of the lands. The Appalachians here turn sharply up, reaching at their peak 820 meters. On the northern face of this mountain rock, slides have exposed faults and turned the once-lush forest into nothing more than a rocky cliff.

Following the forest fire in 2008, this same side of the mountain has turned ash gray and black, covered in soot and dead trees. The Southern side is more fertile, and is densely-forested, home to a multitude of flora and fauna. The northwestern part of the mountain has many jagged cliffs sharp slopes, achieving its maximum height some distance west.

2.  Subterritories

2.1  Stellarton Mines

A similar labyrinth can be found in the Stellarton Mines, on the far western end of the mountain. Humans gouged deep into the mountain, creating long and deep tunnels that were in use until the virus struck. Although most of the mine shafts are horizontal, there are a few instances of sharp vertical drops that required the use of elevators--elevators which have long since ceased being used. Of course, there is no natural light in the deeper parts of the mine either. Even with light though, canines are advised to tread very carefully, as a fall into a vertical mineshaft is certain doom -- if the fall itself isn't fatal, there isn't a way back up and out of the mines.

2.2  Howling Caverns (Anathema)

Deep in the heart of mountains, resting between two of the larger peaks, lies a set of interconnected caverns. There are multiple entrances, some barely large enough for a rabbit, but the most prominent ones are two gaping holes on the rock face nearly fifteen feet high. Just within the mouth of the cave, all light disappears and the darkness is absolute. If lit artificially, however, the stone is a pale golden-yellow, rough with crumbling rocks.

The caves continue on for miles, on an incline and decline as well, and it is easy to get lost in the stony labyrinth. During weather with strong winds, one hears a shrill howl whistling through each of the caves, tiny cracks, and gaping holes of the Caverns, giving the Howling Caverns its name.

Anathema makes these caverns their main living structure. Members are encouraged to claim a den and make it their own. The pack has made quite the establishment among the dark caverns, lighting the walls with torches, forming storage rooms, a craft workshop, a common room, cooking room, and ceremonial room specified for Rasts, pack events, and special religious rituals, among many other useful rooms specified for certain things. Since Anathema's return, they've come to find many of these rooms have fallen to ruin with their sudden desertion. Many of them need tidying up to be restored to their former glory.

2.3  Phosphagos Foothills (Anathema)

At the foot of Halcyon Mountain are what the wolves of the surrounding areas have dubbed "the foothills," or more precisely, Phosphagos Foothills. A series of hillocks lines the base of the mountain, the inclines of each grassy knoll diminishing the further it rests from the base of the great rise. The plant life is fairly uniform in the foothills, tall grasses and small flowers mark the beginning of the ascent up the territory's only mountain range. In the evening, the foothills are overshadowed by the tall trees and mountain itself, thus casting long shadows across the area. Dubbed the 'light-eating' foothills, its name is a rough translation, combining the words 'phos:' light, and 'phago:' I eat.

2.4  Serene Sands

Halcyon Mountain declines sharply into the forlorn shore of Serene Sands. Located in the southwestern border where land meets the Atlantic Ocean, the journey to reach the beach can be difficult due to the craggy ravines that ring the northern part of the area. It is quiet here, save for the gentle lapping of the waves, as the immensity of the mountain blocks out most extraneous noise, keeping the beach serene and tranquil from the goings-on outside. It is quite easy for someone to miss a call from this locale, shielded from interruption, left alone to enjoy the sanctity of the calm waves.

During the low tide, many caves hidden deep within the face of the rock become accessible. The series of caves harbour some of the best preserved documents, hand-made trinkets and odd knick-knacks possessed by the pack. Several small and scattered islands become visible a short ways off-shore, under-water hills peaking up from beneath the sea to greet the denizens of the beach. The crowns of these hills are smoothed and slippery rock, making them dangerous to tread upon, and thus a hazard to the curious who would dare to try.

3.  Landmarks

3.1  Cobequid Pass

The Cobequid Pass was the fastest way north over the mountains. A landslide in early 2011 blocked the passage off almost all the way to the north, requiring would-be travellers to seek another way.

3.2  Goldsglen Peak

The peak, amongst the highest of the Halcyon Mountain range, features a flat cliff. This vantage provides the perfect overlook for the territory.

3.3  Aberdeen Hospital

This large hospital was intended to serve the more rural communities near Halcyon Mountain. The original structures were built in 1895, though various additions and expansions enlarged the complex throughout its history. At least two wings were shut down and boarded off prior to 1988, meaning they were abandoned long before humanity's demise.

3.4  Gampo Abbey

This Buddhist temple is nestled away quite well in the reaches of Halcyon Mountain. It is secluded and difficult to reach, but well worth the trek up one of the steeper peaks of the range. There are only three buildings—the temple itself, the most ornate of the buildings; the school building, which is just a hallway between two large rooms; and the lodging halls, which are extremely plain and simplistic.

4.  Waterways

4.1  Pictou River

The Pictou River runs over Halcyon Mountain. Cold and fresh water springs forth from somewhere deep within the mountain. During the course of its downstream travel, the river meets a sharp cliff face; it falls well over thirty feet into a deep pool below. The river continues downstream before doing the very same thing over again. This pattern repeats four times down the stretch of the mountain, with rolling and rocky cliffs on either side of the waterfall the whole way down. The lowest waterfall is the only one that is safe to jump, as the drop is a mere ten feet and the pool at the bottom is the largest, but the rest are no less picturesque for their danger.

The Pictou River cuts a swift course between the Isthmus of Chignecto and Drifter Bay, separating the two territories as it travels southward to empty into the Bay of Fundy in the Minas Channel. Due to its location, the lower parts of the river experience a severe tidal bore. The water rushes against the current for a good distance up the Pictou; the lowermost parts of the river are heavily salted and close to brackish for much of the day.

5.  Likely Encounters

  • As Anathema claims the easternmost part of the mountain range, encounters with members of the pack are likely.

6.  History

6.1  Claimed Land

Current

  • Anathema re-claimed the easternmost part of the mountain in its entirety, including two subterritories.
  • Inferni claimed a small sliver of the mountain's south-central base.

Former

  • Inferni claimed a small piece in the central region of Halycon Mountain.
  • Ichika no Ho-en claimed the Gamapo Abbey region.
  • Anathema claimed the easternmost part of the mountain in its entirety, including several subterritories.

7.  Notes

8.  Sources

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