Concrete Jungle

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Landmarks
    1.   2.1  St. Paul's Episcopal
    2.   2.2  Séduisez le Parc
  3.   3.  Subterritories
    1.   3.1  Skeletal Sanctuary
  4.   4.  Islands
    1.   4.1  Isle Madam
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General

Region Eastern Realms
Subterritories Skeletal Sanctuary
Major Waterways Atlantic Ocean
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

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.

2.  Landmarks

2.1  St. Paul's Episcopal

The St. Paul's Episcopal church was one of the largest in the city, though located on the city's outermost edge. Most of it was burnt out -- the stone structure alone survived the absolute destruction in this part of the area while the wooden and timber houses surrounding the church succumbed entirely to the 2007 fires. An expansive graveyard surrounds the rear of the church. Some of the fire-blacked graves even still stand. Others fell or cracked with the heat of the flames, leaving the graveyard's soil exceptionally stony.

In 20017, squatters were evicted by Infernian coyotes after a few encounters. In 2020, this building collapsed completely.

A strange coldness permeates the location, perhaps something lingers here?

2.2  Séduisez le Parc

The Séduisez le Parc area was a amusement park before the fire. Now, it is a pile of rubble. Much of the park was damaged by fire -- and although the flames were not hot enough to melt metal, they wrought destruction all the same when the rides and attractions collapsed. The ground here is strewn with blotches of vivid color -- red, blue, purple, and pink "pools" are everywhere. These blotches, the only remnants of large plastic portions of rides and games stalls, prizes and trinkets -- melted with the fire.

3.  Subterritories

3.1  Skeletal Sanctuary

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 neighborhoods 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.

Originally its own separate territory, known then as Luminous Sanctuary, it was eventually incorporated as a sub-territory of the Concrete Jungle.

4.  Islands

4.1  Isle Madam

This tiny island sits in the southerly St. Ann's Bay, to the south of the Concrete Jungle. Formerly home to almost 5,000 humans, the island's tiny rural communities sit in quiet abandonment on the small Atlantic island. Though untouched by the fire, the harshness of the area led to a degradation -- sand dunes now cover the majority of the island. The remains of structures are buried in the sand, and occasionally, debris will peek up out of these dunes.