Sticks and Stones
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The Sticks and Stones of the northern lands are where mountain meets marsh and sands. The terrain is shaped by the extremities of the Appalachian Mountains. Rolling hills and beaten earth evince ancient glacial movements. Jagged coastline and rocky beaches surround the Bay of Fundy, subject to the whim of the tides.
Following a blizzard and two earthquakes that permanently altered the landscape, Prince Edward Island became D'Laniger Peninsula and the Death Mountains, located in what was once the Eastern Realms, fell into the sea. In September 2020, what remained of the Eastern Realms territories became part of the Sticks and Stones forum division.
The northern parts of Nova Scotia are cold and typically rather windy. The brunt force of the wind carries off the bay and into these territories more often than not; this region receives frequent, heavy rains. 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.
The Sticks and Stones area consists of low, hulking hills and flat plains. Marshes and lowlands make up the majority of Drifter Bay and the Waste; these areas are more prone to flooding than others. The inland forests are lush and dotted with rivers, lakes, and other water forms. The bay coast is typical of Fundy coasts, while the Atlantic Coast is extremely varied, with an innumerable amount of small islands, peninsulas, and other coastal landforms. East of the Halcyon Mountains, the land has been irrevocably shaped by the 2008 wildfire and more recent, persistent earthquakes. The ever-changing shoreline is Atlantic; although the water is cold and the waves are strong, the shore lacks the bay coast's extreme tidal range.
The Atlantic Coast was populated with fishing towns and villages of varying size, while the fertile Drifter Bay marshes were dominated by farmland. Outside of these areas, human activity was sparse.
The narrow Black River cuts through the Black River Reserve. It is fed by the numerous marshlands through the area. A "young" river, the Black River is deceptively deep -- and it runs very quickly, making for a somewhat dangerous river in some places. The fast-moving currents within the river carry its water out and into the Brule Bay on the Northumberland Strait.
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.
This glacial lake is located in the northern part of Drifter Bay. Newville Lake nestles into a low and rolling hill, almost perfectly rounded yet created by nature and not man. At one point in time, the humans living in the Millstone Village area used this as a water supply; a rugged and ill-kept path leads from the village to this lake.
Nestled close to the center of the Drifter Bay territory. It is a wide-mouthed bay, with only a gentle inward curve of land to suggest a bay. Like much of the coast of the Bay of Fundy, Parrsboro Harbour is subject to the extreme tides found throughout the area. However, it is unique in that the habour almost completely empties on low tide. One is ill-advised to travel too deep into the muck: it is very deep and very easy to get trapped, which can, of course, be fatal with an incoming tide.
Grotto dei Avernus
The especially rainy second half of of 2009 caused extensive flooding to parts of The Waste. When the floodwaters receded, they caused some erosive damage to the land, revealing hot springs. The area is always muggy and far warmer than the surrounding areas, heated by the earth itself, and a thick fog clings around the springs themselves during the winter, and the area is remarkably humid during the summer. The waters temperature hangs at around 75°F/24°C, though it varies depending on how much rainwater pools in. This is one of only a few hotspring areas in Nova Scotia.
This tiny island sits off the Isthmus of Chignecto's coast. Isle Haute, as it was known in the time of humanity, is an impressive island, featuring towering bluffs on the bay side. These protect it from the fierce tides, though the mainland coast is slightly more forgiving. Swimming and boating are possible across the narrow inlet separating the island from Salsola. A steel lighthouse is the only man-made structure. Though unmanned prior to man's extinction, the light has long burned out -- unmanned does not equate unmaintained.
Early in the 1800s a man settled here with his family. He cleared the forest and established a modest mixed farm. Rumors circulated about his abusive tendencies; he died under violent, suspicious circumstances and the remainder of his family moved to mainland Canada, abandoning the island. Legends continued to circulate about the island in the times of humanity; it's said sometimes a light can be seen on the beach of Moose island.
The sea, being in the Bay of Fundy's tide reach, is 30 to 50 feet (9 to 20 m) deep at high tide and empty at low tide, so access to the island is limited each day to a four hour window, namely the high tide during daylight. When the tide is low, those on Long Island can walk or run on the sea bed for miles. The largest island, Long has a tiny "town" of three dilapidated shacks.
- Diamond, Egg, Pinnacle
These smaller islands were not inhabited. The larger of the pair -- Diamond and Egg -- sparse, piney forest and birds. Pinnacle, on the other hand, is little more than a bare rock jutting from the bay.