Yarmouth and Barrington
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On the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia lies Yarmouth, once a major fishing port and the largest lobster fishing ground in the world. Now, the rustic ghost town and the peaceful coast are home to a graveyard of ships, both in and out of the water. The town itself retains much of its historic charm though many tourist shops and seafood restaurants are starting to fall apart and rot from lack of upkeep and forest to the northeast has begun to reclaim some of the land.
Between Yarmouth and its neighboring town Barrington lies a stretch of untamed paradise. Lush green fields and scattered forest border rock-and-sand beaches, all of it generally fogged over. Though the forest has begun to grow over many of the old streets and roads, Highway 103 provides an easy, straight path from Yarmouth to Barrington. The foggy coastal areas are still heavily populated with lobsters year round with a peak season between July and October. Predators willing to put forth the effort for the delicacy can be rewarded with large numbers of the shellfish.
Barrington itself was a much smaller community compared to Yarmouth. Absent are the hundreds of drifting and sunken fishing boats and trendy tourist locations. Instead, the sloping hills and seaside cliffs are dotted with dozens of charming cottages and lighthouses. The town itself is dominated by Victorian architecture, with tall, many-roomed homes looming along the streets. Much of the town has been battered and beaten by the strong Atlantic, of course, but many treasures still remain within Barrington.
Located to the northwest of Yarmouth, the Yarmouth Regional Hospital complex is situated on one of the jutting peninsulas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Although it once served the residents of Yarmouth with 120 beds, the building is decrepit and falling apart. Looters have visited the hospital, as well -- though medical supplies were once in abundance here, some have been lost to the rot of time and others have been filched by Luperci over the years.
The County Museum and Archive Contains many historical items, including a lighthouse lens that weighs 3,300 pounds (1,497 kilograms) and a stone that may have been engraved by Viking visitors to the area, centuries ago. Many of the collections are rotting away, but some of the old historical items remain. The museum itself is situated in a sprawling historic church building. Many of its stained glass windows have been shattered, exposing the contents of the museum to the elements. A number of artifacts, however, have survived the test of time -- though not the hands of Luperci eager to take what can be taken.
Stoney Lake is nestled close to the border of Yarmouth. A rural part of Yarmouth once clustered along the shores of the lake, primarily consisting of small vacation cottages. The cool, clear-water lake is subject to the extreme fogs found in most of southern Nova Scotia. Accordingly, it is often completely covered over with fog. Nonetheless, its proximity to the many small rivers and streams running through the Fellmoor Swamp area give it a large amount of fish and other aquatic life. The lake is named for a nearby bay -- nonetheless, the number of smooth stones at the bottom of the clear water lend truth to the name.
This is one of the largest football stadiums in Nova Scotia, capable of seating almost 5,000 people. Row after row of faded orange seats surround a field that has grown completely wild, the grass a few feet tall, with numerous flowers and even a few small saplings sprouting up where humans once gamed and played. The stadium is metal and concrete, sure to stand strong for many years -- though parts of it are beginning the inevitable process of crumbling and rusting away.
This large island is located just off the coast of Yarmouth; it was "famous for it's UFO sightings and stories. Over 200 sightings of UFO's [were] spotted every year" by humanity. Strange lights continue to light up the skies occasionally, and no one is quite certain what causes it. The island was only sparsely populated, with a single village, Whale Cove, located on the island. This sleepy fishing community is little more than a main street and a few rows of houses. A tiny bar, called “The Hole-In-The Wall,” is its most prominent feature.
Canadian Forces Station Barrington was established as a LORAN (LOng RAnge Navigation) base in the 1940s. By the 1980s, this type of radar was obsolete, and the tiny military base on the outskirts of Barrington was well on its way to being shut down. There are just four buildings that comprise the compound, separated from the otherwise rural area by two chain link and barbed wire fences. It is an odd site -- a stark white tower with a stark white globe seated atop it, taller than the rest of the buildings and most of Barrington's buildings by far, draws the eye for a long way off. On close inspection, the tower and globe both are peeling and streaked with orange rust. The innards of the building, a myrid of strange computer systems and small rooms filled with government paperwork and records, is an altogether odd outpost of Barrington.
Old Meeting House
This Church was the earliest in the area, featuring a raised pulpit which is accessed by a stairs up the back and row after row of strong pine pews. Several outbuildings, newer than the church, crowd in the small complex to the east of Barrington, providing living areas for those who dedicated their lives to the church. A small graveyard hunkers behind the church, featuring graves far older than any of the buildings. The centuries have turned the stone brown, the engravings and names worn away by the sea salt and wind.
The Coffinscroft House is among the largest of the old Victorian architecture buildings within Barrington. Its dark outside seems menacing, and the innards of the building are even worse. Messages of horror are scrawled on the walls in bright red paint, apparently describing the last few days of life of its human inhabitants. One of the upper bedrooms is filled with several human skeletons, draped across a bed and several chairs. The house smells of dust and bones.
Grey Island was populated in the time of humanity, likely due to its proximity to Barrington. A fishing village hunkers on the inland side of the island, in disrepair due to the harshness of the coastal climate. Grey Island island is rocky of coast, and experiences the heavy fog characteristic of southern Nova Scotia. Alongside its human remnants, it supports a stand of pine trees and other hardy fauna, though very few prey animals make the island their home. The Blackmoor Castle is visible from the northernmost point of Grey Island on especially clear days.
Part of Barrington is a long, narrow island called Blanche. The Main Street bridge, connecting the island to the mainland, is the only way into or out of the town. As there are only a few small parks on the island, it is very nearly desolate of prey -- nevertheless, the saplings sprouting inside of buildings are a testament to nature's dominance over man's remnants.
The East and North Ends are sprawling residential communities; the North is the more affluent of the two. The East End was downtrodden even before the apocalypse -- the apartment building complexes are the only things left standing amongst the rubble of poorly-constructed duplex houses. The Downtown and West areas are primarily business and commercial ventures -- there are storefronts and larger corporate buildings, none of which are over four stories tall.
- Yarmouth Regional Hospital
- Yarmouth County Museum and Archive
- CFS Barritgon is actually on Cape Sable Island IRL.
- Huskies Stadium is located in Halifax but there was too much crap there already so it got moved here.
- Grand Manan Island is what Ram's Island is based on, and it is actually located in New Brunswick, but... UFO sightings and an actual place called "The Hole in the Wall," really? Sie had to!
- Coffinscroft House is our little Dunwich Building. <3