A Seismic Shift
A Seismic Shift was a board-wide event that began in November 2022 and ended in December 2022. A series of tremors reshaped northern and southern parts of the Nova Scotian peninsula, and the playable areas suffered minor to mild structural damages. The following territories and sub-territories were destroyed and became unplayable:
The ground is shaking again... the intensity seems considerably less than incidents in years past, but it just keeps shaking and shaking, accompanied by other strange phenomenon. While the inhabitants of the peninsula can only guess at what these tremors mean, their home seems intent on reshaping itself once more, breaking and reforming anew, and breaking again. From the ground, things may not look very different until one comes upon a cliffside that is much closer than it used to be, a river that's widened, a bridge that's collapsed, land that extends further now, somehow...
Luperci will never be able to glimpse what their home looks like from a bird's eye view, but perhaps the birds can tell them how startling the world can be sometimes.
The southern tip of the Nova Scotian peninsula splits off, drifting and merging with the mainland; this newly created territory is named Territory Transference. A subterritory, The Scar, marks where the land masses are conjoined with a healing fissure. What was once Mersey Cove also breaks apart and falls away, creating Mersey Bay.
A majority of the northern peninsula beyond the Halcyon Mountains crumbles and falls away into the water.
The Fundy Crossing experiences instability during the tremors and dissuades travelers. In the midst of the event, portions of the landbridge break apart and fall away, leaving a suspended landbridge that hovers over the water instead of a solid blockade. Tides rush back into the Fundy, evolving it from a loch and into a bay.
Do note: The Bay of Fundy is once again a bay with access to the open sea, though the landbridge is also still in place and usable. Ships traveling in and out of the bay go under the landbridge, which is now a proper arched bridge. Strong tides are once again a part of the bay's features (though perhaps still not as wild as they once were), and sailors used to the relative calmness of the now former lake should take extra care... or learn the hard way.
- 18 November: Ground tremors begin—they're very noticeable, but not particularly disruptive once you get used to them. Mammals may lose their footing more easily on uneven surfaces and rough terrain. Objects on shelves or high places may gradually inch towards the ledge and fall. Weird bubbles begin coming out of the ocean near where the Red Star landed (southwest of the peninsula), though this would only be noticeable to ships out in the sea. (And it's not a good season for trading boats to be out so far.)
- 20 November: Ground tremors continue with a slight increase in intensity. Things fall more readily off shelves, but there is no real structural damage anywhere. Fissure lines appear on the Nova Scotian peninsula. Ocean waters in the region are noticeably warmer and even hot to the touch.
- 22 November: Ground tremors continue at the same intensity throughout the region, but the Fundy landbridge feels extra shaky and discouraging to travelers. Fissure lines rapidly expand across the width of the peninsula. Ocean waters are still warm.
- 23 November: There is a brief, sudden increase in the intensity of tremors as the end of the peninsula splits off entirely. Some of the land north of Halcyon Mountains also breaks apart and falls away. Minor to mild structural damage occurs across the region, though the mainland is less affected.
- 24 November - 5 December: Ground tremors continue and almost feel normal at this point. The broken-off peninsula slowly drifts westward. Portions of the Fundy landbridge fall away, leaving a suspended landbridge, rather than a solid one. Ocean waters gradually cool back to normal temperatures and tides rush back into the Bay of Fundy.
- 6 December: The broken-off peninsula makes contact with the mainland, causing localised earthquakes and considerable damage between St. John and Freetown, as well as to the once-peninsula/once-island itself. Other areas feel brief, intensified quakes, but experience minimal damage.
- 8 December - 15 December: Ground tremors slowly dissipate as the land settles again. The gap between the coast of the mainland and its new extension is filled in with a heavy rain, but the narrow valley of water quickly drains away while seeming to heal the fissure.