Concrete Jungle

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Subterritories
    1.   2.1  Skeletal Sanctuary
  3.   3.  Landmarks
    1.   3.1  St. Paul's Episcopal
    2.   3.2  Séduisez le Parc
  4.   4.  Islands
    1.   4.1  Isle Madam
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Region Eastern Realms
Subterritories Skeletal Sanctuary
Major Waterways Atlantic Ocean
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi


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1.  Description

The city did not burn as well as the surrounding forests; nevertheless, char marks and other evidence of fire can be seen clearly in the old city of Sydney. Unlike other human areas, there is very little left to scavenge from this area. Only the raw materials -- the brick and metal of the buildings -- remain. Glass windows melted or shattered from the heat, leaving the city desolate and hollowed. Even the plant life seems to avoid the center of the city; while the old suburbs have begun to show signs of sprouting to forest, downtown remains barren and lifeless.

2.  Subterritories

2.1  Skeletal Sanctuary

The Skeletal Sanctuary is all that remains of the once-beautiful suburbs of the city. The streets became rivers of fire in 2008, and bear the marks to prove it. Instead of straight, well-defined streets, most of the roads here melted and overflowed their borders, reforming and hardening back into solid asphalt when the fire retreated. There is not a house among these streets that wasn't touched by fire. In some places, where wooden construction was commonplace, the fire wrought total destruction. Only stone foundations remain, row after row of them lining the melted asphalt streets. In other areas, where brick construction prevailed, the houses fared better — they still stand, though insides and roofs were most commonly gutted by flame.

While the city and its surrounding sprawl were obliterated by the fire, the suburban areas around the city have clearly fared better since. While wild greenery is not seen in the Sanctuary, small shrubs, skinny saplings, and even patchy grass grows here. Most structures have collapsed to their concrete foundations, though here and there, brick and stone fireplaces, chimneys, hearths, and the occasional wooden frames still remain. These eerie, skeletal remnants give the territory its name.

3.  Landmarks

3.1  St. Paul's Episcopal

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The St. Paul's Episcopal church was one of the largest in the city, though located on the city's outermost edge. Most of it was burnt out -- all wooden parts were destroyed. The stone structure still stands, however -- it alone survived the absolute destruction in this part of the area. The wooden and timber houses surrounding the church succumbed entirely to the 2007 fires. An expansive graveyard surrounds the rear of the church. Some of the fire-blacked graves even still stand. Others fell or cracked with the heat of the flames. The graveyard's soil is therefore exceptionally stony. The church stands alone, wide graveyard and wider fire-blasted neighborhood leveled all around it.

In 20017, squatters were evicted by Infernian coyotes after a few encounters, and is now occupied and used as a place of prayer and a rest-point from travelling to and fro.

3.2  Séduisez le Parc

The Séduisez le Parc area was a amusement park before the fire. Now, it is a pile of rubble. Much of the park was damaged by fire -- and although the flames were not hot enough to melt metal, they wrought destruction all the same when the rides and attractions collapsed. The ground here is strewn with blotches of vivid color -- red, blue, purple, and pink "pools" are everywhere. These blotches, the only remnants of large plastic portions of rides and games stalls, prizes and trinkets -- melted with the fire.

4.  Islands

4.1  Isle Madam

This tiny island sits in the southerly St. Ann's Bay, to the south of the Concrete Jungle. Formerly home to almost 5,000 humans, the island's tiny rural communities sit in quiet abandonment on the small Atlantic island. They are, however, intact and untouched from the fire that swept through the mainlands area. The harshness of the area has led to a fair amount of degradation -- sand dunes now sweep cover the entirety of the southern half of the island. Halves of houses, their first stories already sand-filled, peek up out of these dunes.