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The southeasternmost coast of Nova Scotia is rocky and comprised of highlands, the sharper and rougher cousins of those found in the Shiloh Hills. As with its sister territory to the northeast, the Trenches are not especially thickly forested. Where trees grow, the growth is dominated by pines and other hardy species able to withstand the sandy soil. Blueberries are quite tolerant of the soil found in these territories, and form large barrens where they are the only shrub to grow.
Though not thickly populated prior to the demise of humanity, rural fishing villages dot most of the northern coast of The Trenches, nestled into tiny coves and bays protected by sandbars and barrier islands. These towns begin tapering off past the largest (home to a former paper mill) roughly midway along the coast. The coastal territory changes here -- the land drops abruptly, forming sharp headlands where the rocky territory simply gives way to the Atlantic Ocean. Bays and coves, conducive to the human fishers, are less frequently found along these sharp coastal cliffs. In the far south, a peninsula of land separates The Trenches from more southwesterly Barrington, home to an anomaly of Nova Scotia architecture -- the Blackmoor Castle.
This small town surrounds a large pulp and paper plant, employer for much of the five-hundred person village. The plant sits above the town on a ridge, a massive building far larger than even the small hospital and school buildings within the town. Otherwise isolated from much of Nova Scotia, it relied upon the Bowater Marina to ship its products to the rest of the world. The complex is large, with multiple buildings and expansive halls filled with rusting machinery and decaying lumps of paper and wood pulp.
Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts
This college is nestled in the lower hills of the Trenches south of Bowater and near to the Blackmoor Castle. Isolated and tucked away from other human activity, the mission statement of this university was "to promote, preserve and perpetuate through studies in all related areas: the culture, music, language, arts, crafts, customs and traditions of immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland." It still stands as a museum to that culture, providing interesting artifacts and historical information for Luperci who care to seek it out. As with anything else, it has been subject to looting and decay over the years. Much of the college, however, remains in relatively good shape.
The thin Lenape River snakes its twists and turns through the southern portion of The Trenches. The quickly moving water digs deep into the earth, but the river itself is hidden well by the surrounding forested highland. The banks of the Lenape are universally steep -- travellers unfamiliar with the area should be mindful not to run out of the wood and right off the bank. The Lenape eventually flows out into Black Point Bay.
- Silver Showers
The Silver Showers are a series of waterfalls -- in truth, a small tributary of the Lenape River. Coursing down through the bluffs of the Trenches toward Cottontail Valley?, the river tumbles over several bluffs. The waterfalls are only about ten feet each, but they form a series of rippling, shallow pools where they fall before joining the greater Lenape River.
Black Point Bay
Black Point Bay sits to the far north of the Trenches area, bordering the Shiloh Hills on its northern shore. This bay of the Atlantic Ocean has gentle shores and waters, though it was a treacherous point to land a ship nonetheless: numerous rocky crags line most of the bay's oceanic entryway. This formation is the underwater continuation of the ridge of raised land that forms the bay's southern shores. The Lenape River reaches the ocean here, forming a wide and sandy delta amongst the tree-lined and rocky bay coast.
Black Point sits in the center of Black Point Bay, along The Trenches. The island is notable for its color -- as the name suggests, the islands bared rock coasts are entirely black granite. Although sparsely forested, the island is not notable for its wildlife or plant life. On the contrary, it was renowned in the time of humanity as being a shipwreck point, and a good part of the reason why few landed in Black Point Bay by ship.
Though much of the coastline in the Trenches is steep and craggy rocks, a natural path between the rocks and peaks leads down to a secluded and peaceful sand beach. A thin smear of pale sands, stony from the surrounding highlands, hunkers beside Black Point Bay, curving along the ridge forming Black Point Bay's southern arm, all the way to its terminus in the bay. Though often foggy, the beach is a beautiful area, complete with excellent fishing and often frequented dolphins and some smaller whales.
This area gives others at least a small peak into what it was like back when humans were around. Though Oak Wood is vastly overgrown and quite a few tombstones have long crumbled, the cemetery is still holding up rather well. There isn't too much out there besides the old grave markers and perhaps a bone or two.
This point is where the peninsula reaches out towards the ocean, though there are masses of land on either side of it. The cliffs themselves are quite high and would make a treacherous decent down to the shore and would likely cause serious injury should one attempt to take the quick way down to the salty water. The beach along the point is one of the few shore lines that is not covered in rocks, but sand. Once on the shore, it is best to watch the tide. Once high tide starts coming in, the shore is quickly swallowed up, taking any unlucky soul with it unless they are able to find a way back up the cliffs.