Seabreeze Brink stretches from bay to Atlantic Coast. Most of the land is relatively low in elevation and pockmarked with glacial effects. The occasional erratic stone can be seen even in central Ethereal Eclipse, far from the raised beaches of the Shattered Coast. There are numerous rivers, kettle lakes, and other small bodies of water; streams and creeks snake through thick inland forest before reaching the rocky, jagged shoreline.
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The central parts of Nova Scotia are the most moderate -- the surrounding bay and ocean do much to mitigate the harshness of Canadian weather. The summers are especially warm and beautiful, and the central regions have been spared winter's sharp bite in previous seasons. As most of the peninsula, fog is a common weather condition.
Seabreeze Brink is a dramatic region of 'Souls. The Trenches consist of proud drumlins, glacially raised hills; whereas the inland Ethereal Eclipse consists of the Kejimikujik, a wildlife preserve in the time of humanity. There are a large number of rivers, lakes, streams, and so forth throughout these parts of Nova Scotia.
Overgrowth Sunrise comprises the Annapolis Valley, lowlands to the north, sits between two low ridges at the heart of Nova Scotia and is unique, bearing forestry unlike most others found in the area. This area was famous for apple production during the time of humanity.
The Kejimikujik, a national park, dominates the region, spanning across Ethereal Eclipse. The Tobeatic is an additional swath of forest, formerly protected areas, covering the Dampwoods and Arachnea's Revenge. The Atlantic Coast was heavily populated, Halifax's residents spilling out and into the countryside. Overgrowth Sunrise, part of the lush Annapolis Valley, was also dominated by two human villages.
Abundant, despite heavy canine predation. The inland forests are well-populated by prey of varying size and shape.
A vast number of rodent and small mammal species are found here; Southern Flying Squirrels? are found in the southerly. Eastern Red Bats and Silver-Haired Bats commonly roost in forests. While reintroduced, Elk are the dominant species throughought the inland forests, Whitetail and Moose are also commonly sighted. Golden eagles? roost in the summer.
The meandering Salmon River runs through The Dampwoods and parts of The Waste. The river itself is wide and rather shallow in most places, with a lazy and slow current throughout its journey through Drifter Bay. It has rather wide and fertile delta, though of course nothing was built upon it in the humans' time for the extreme tides found in the Bay of Fundy. This is evidenced every day by the tidal bore that travels up the Salmon River, literally reversing the flow of the river closest to the ocean.
Dollar Lake is an eerie sight. Its waters are a lurid blue, its color almost unnatural. Though perfectly safe to drink, some canines scorn the water as tainted. The lakeside beaches of Dollar Lake were widely renowned as vacationing areas in the time of humanity. Nestled deep into the woods, with its strange colored water -- Dollar Lake continues to be a destination for the more adventurous canines.
The Kennetcook, a swift river that picks up many of the streams and rivulets within the The Dampwoods, cuts through limestone close to the coast. Its currents are much swifter near its outflow in the western part of the Whisper Beach area, east of the Southern Bight. Fast currents aside, the Kennetcook still experiences the tidal bore common among the Bay of Fundy's rivers. Salmon frequent the Kennetcook when spawning.
Nestled in the southern end of the Quartz Shoreline territory are a cluster of lakes, their size ranging from puddle to vast expanse. Rivers and streams snake between the various bodies of water, feeding into one another and eventually emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. On a few of the larger lakes, tiny rural communities slowly decay into the encroaching forests; some are little more than stone foundations and piles of wood. Overgrown dirt roads connect these tiny villages to larger asphalt roadways, though even these are cracking and wearing under the pressure of decades.
Indian Harbour Park
This is the name for a cluster of seven small lakes very close to the base of Halcyon Mountain. A tiny rural community, little more than a small trailer park and a few decaying permanent buildings, nestles between two of the lakes.
Along the coastline of the Quartz Shoreline is an area where the ocean seems more lively than most. As the ocean waters recess with the tide, small pockets of seawater remain along the edge of the rockier portions of Jack's Cove's beach. These pools teem with marine organisms of all sorts, from crabs and fishes and clams to barnacles and urchins. Luperci seeking an easy meal would do well to visit the tiny cove, though adults and puppies alike can enjoy splashing through the pools. They range in shallowness from no higher than the toes to deeper than the chest, depending on the depth and composition of the rocks and sand beach.
The harbour is largely formed by a drowned glacial valley which succumbed to sea level rise since glaciation. The Bedford River now empties into the upper end of the harbour in Bedford Basin; however its original river bed extends throughout the length of the harbour and beyond. Deep vessels were once forced to use the main channel into the harbour, which runs on the west side of McNabs Island, for entryway. The west entrance point marking the beginning of the inner approach using this channel is located near Chebucto Head, approximately 12 kilometres (7 mi) south of the limit. This limitation would inhibit Luperci sailors, as well -- the chance of running aground in the eastern passageway are far higher due to continuous silting and shallower waters.
Part of Halifax Harbour, The Arm measures approximately 3.5 km (2.1748) in length and 0.5 km (.3 miles) in width and defines the eastern side of the Halifax Harbour, facing the ocean. The Mi'kmaq Nation called this water body "Waygwalteech" which translates to "salt water all the way up" -- an apt description, as the entirety of the harbour is at least brackish, if not salty seawater. Much of the shoreline of the Northwest Arm is fronted by private residences.
Royal Navy Dockyard
This large dockyard and ship repair point sits within the arm, protected from the ocean by a number of small islands as well as manmade military forts. Once a strategic location for Canada's defense, the dockyard has begun to fall into disrepair, as with much else around it. Part of the dockyard has flooded over completely, and at least one massive navy ship has collapsed in its dry bay.
The small passageway between Halifax Peninsula and Dartmouth, the Narrows are the slimmest part of the harbour. The Narrows are treacherous to navigate by ship, especially for Luperci sailors with rudimentary technology and ships. Two suspension bridges extend over the harbor waters in The Narrows, the Angus in Thornhill District and the McKay in Rockingham.
The A. Murray MacKay Bridge was locally known as "the new bridge." It was is the second suspension bridge linking the Halifax Peninsula with Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and opened on July 10, 1970. The four-lane bridge features four highways, clearing 55meters (181 feet) at its highest point over the water. Constructed of greenish steel, the McKay bridge is newer and clearly better maintained than its older sibling bridge, the Angus.
Bedford Basin is a large enclosed bay, forming the northwestern end of Halifax Harbour. The lands surrounding the basin are heavily developed with the only significant greenspace remaining being along the northeastern shore. The south shore of the basin at Fairview Cove hosts one of Halifax's two container terminals as well as Nova Scotia's largest railway yard, Rockingham Yard. Four small coves dot the shores of the basin, home to a number of sprawling residential homes.
This long river drains from the Sable Lake. Most of its long course bends northward to its mouth in the Minas Basin in Whisper Beach, but its meandering course brings it through the outskirts of Greater Halifax to collect the waters of the aforementioned lake, as well as several small streams and rivulets running through the suburban and rural areas of Greater Halifax.
This large lake sits in Greater Halifax, close to the harbor and in an area well-trafficked by humans prior to the apocalypse. The lake is drained by the Sable River via a small connecting stream. Its sandy shores are picturesque, and it is surrounded by what was once a sprawling recreational park. The lake now supports a large population of Songbirds as well as Birds of Prey. The surrounding forest and small patch of wilderness have an impressive array of small prey animals for being situated in the midst of suburbia.
The Annapolis River runs through the Overgrowth Sunrise area, flowing down from the South Mountain area and down the Annapolis Valley. The river flows through some of the most productive agricultural land in all of Nova Scotia. The Annapolis River is a broad and slow-moving river with sediment-rich waters. The area near its headwaters were heavily populated in the time of humanity, including nearby Berwick and Wolfville. Eventually, the river winds its way through rural Beast's Grin Peninsula before emptying into the Annapolis Basin.
This long, snaking river meanders between its source on the North Mountain near Berwick to its mouth near Wolfville on the Minas Basin. As most rivers that drain into the Bay of Fundy, it is subject to extreme tides and experiences a tidal bore.
The Petite Riviere is contained entirely within the Shattered Coast region. This slow-moving river collects inflow from various lakes and streams from the surrounding highlands, and the river in turn drains into the Saint Croix. Three of the lakes on the Petite Riviere are the only known freshwater habitat of the Atlantic Whitefish.
Saint Croix River
The Saint Croix collects the Petite Riviere's flow, along with numerous other small rivers and streams from the Ethereal Eclipse and surrounding Shattered Coast territory. This quick-moving, wide river is dotted with various mills and leftovers from humanity. Several small dams, most no longer functioning, and other manmade structures dot its course, especially approaching the Atlantic Ocean.
This lake, the largest freshwater lake within the playable game area, sits in a small glacial valley. The picturesque nature of Rabbit Lake resulted in its designation as a protected area even in the time of humanity. After the apocalypse, the land flourished as it had for centuries before. Much of the surrounding valley is home to Moose, Shrews, and Voles. Low shrubs and Black Spruce trees are more plentiful than other plants, but white and red Oaks are slowly beginning to grow.
The lake's waters are pristine and clear, fed by a number of streams which course through the hills and drain out of the lake in the large, broad Medway River. The rolling, sparsely forested hardwood hillocks of the Shiloh Hills surround the wide waters of the lake. Despite the picturesque nature of Rabbit Lake, its size can allow strong winds to whip over the surface of the lake. This phenomenon, combined with numerous submerged trees and rocks and a somewhat variable water level, can make the Rabbit extremely dangerous for canoes and small boats.
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).
Within the Ethereal Eclipse forest lies Oberon’s 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 it’s 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.
The lowest land in the area, Mersey Cove once collected from the Mersey River before the 2016 meteor strike. A former meadow-turned-floodplain, Mersey Cove started out as a lagoon that filled with water and finally refused to drain. Following the meteor, it became a lake but as the land continued to settle, the lake sunk into the ocean to form its current incarnation as a cove.
McNabs Island sits outside of the Halifax Harbor. The small island has a total area of approximately 395 hectares (980 acres), with the remnants of a lighthouse to the south and east, facing toward the sea. Most of the island is forested. Important historic features on McNabs Island which are still visible include the foundations of several houses built by early settlers, an aboriginal shell midden, a cemetery containing some of the island's earliest residents, remains of picnic ground and soda pop factory, and remnants of a once extensive Victorian garden. Numerous military fortifications can be found, including a Martello tower.
Hunkering near near the beginnings of the Halcyon Mountains, the shoreline boasts a large island. The isle is rocky and windswept, home only to a handful of hardy Shorebirds. An ancient lighthouse still stands sentinel over the harbour, warning those who would come too close to the shore about the underground peaks and hidden sea rocks. The stone building is discoloured and has been thoroughly battered by the elements.The structure's stairs are treacherous, but the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the top is stunning.
Quartz Barrier Islands
The Quartz Shoreline boasts a large number of small islands along its shore, most of them barrier islands with little more than a few rocky spires jutting from the sea. Some of the largest, however, support vegetation and bird life. Most of these islands are easily accesible from the shoreline -- either by following along other barrier islands, or by simply swimming out to sea. The Atlantic tides are far more forgiving than the Bay of Fundy's tides; one need only watch for riptides and oceanic currents.
- Northern Barrier Islands (Hemloe, Liscomb, Goose, Barren)
The Trinity Islands are composed of three bare, sparse plateaus jutting from the ocean. Though once dotted with small summer cottages, most of these former human dwellings have fallen to sand and shore. By contrast, the largest island of Hemloe contains a limestone mansion atop a hill. Though it has decayed due to the battery of wind, rain, and salt, the strong structure remains standing. A wild, overgrown garden surrounds the mansion and dominates Hemloe Island. Barren Island, south of Hemloe and a distance from the trio, supports a small rabbit population, as well as a large amount of vegetation. The rabbits might have taken over the island, but cats, hawks, and eagles keep their numbers at bay. All of the Northern Barrier Islands sit outside of the Hawbolt Cove area, protecting it from the Atlantic Ocean.
- Crooks Island
Crooks Island sits to the east of Barren Island, far outside the group of four barrier islands. Among the most seaward of the barrier islands, Crooks Island supports no mammalian wildlife. Only shorebirds and the occasional mainland bird are seen on this rocky outcropping. A small stand of pine trees conceals a shallow cave network. Seawater fills some chambers of the cave at all times, but others are completely dry, providing small shelter. During the time of humanity, it was rumored pirates used the island for a hideout.
Sitting north of Whisper Beach in the Southern Bight of the Minas Basin is Oyvind island. Although when the waves are rough one must be a strong swimmer to reach the island, it is well worth the journey. Receiving its name from the constant gusts of wind that barrel down on the island, the only refuge one has from the wind is in the center of the island where tall trees and large boulders protruding from the earth offer shelter. Here, many birds make their home, ranging from seagulls, to sparrows, to hawks; since the island is not large enough to sustain any predators the island has become somewhat of a bird sanctuary. On days when the wind is more of a gentle breeze it is quite pleasurable to lay by the shore and bird watch the myriad of species that call this island home.
Georges Island is the largest island entirely within the harbour limits of Halifax. Georges Island has an extensive number of blueberries, as it is almost entirely a blueberry barren (an area where no other plants grow). Additionally, the island is overrun with black garter snakes. Human remnants include a prominent concrete lighthouse and the remnants of the lightkeeper's house, abandoned in the mid-1900s as an automatic lighthouse replaced the earlier model.
Lawlor Island sits near the mouth of Halifax Harbour. Measuring approximately 55 hectares, it is located just south of McNabs Island. The island was undeveloped woodland and the protected home of both deer and osprey in the time of humanity.
The Sober Islands are an archipelago of three barrier islands along the southern extremes of the Shattered Coast, bordering the Shiloh Hills in part. These islands are similar to their northerly neighbors along the Quartz Shoreline area in that they protect the bays and coastline from the ocean, mitigating its effects on the calm-water bays and coves. Though many islands decorate the appropriately-named Shattered Coast, most are not notable in any way. As with much of southern Nova Scotia, however, all islands along this part of the coast pose a danger to Luperci sailors hoping to depart or land on the coastline.
- Sober Island
The largest of the Shattered Coast trio gives name to the archipelago. Sober Island supports a large population of Shorebirds, as well as some larger mammal species. Squirrels and raccoons can be found on the island, along with a few small rodent species. Larger ungulates might survive on the island, but have not been seen on Sober Island.
- Deadman Isle
Deadman Isle is a rocky and foreboding island north of Sober Island. It supports a few birds but little else in the way of wildlife. Deadman Isle is notable for being the site of clandestine executions in the age of piracy. Tales of hauntings and ghosts followed the island into modern human times, and persisted even past the demise of humanity.
- Softwood Island
Softwood Island is a tiny island, more sand than rock, that splits in two with the high tide, its lowest points becoming completely submerged. It is inland from Sober and Deadman islands and makes traveling between the two larger islands -- and travelling to or from shore -- much easier.