Eastern Realms

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The Eastern Realms encompasses all lands northward of Halcyon Mountain, including the former Bleeding Souls territories, vacated after the 2008 wildfire. Most areas were burned beyond recognition and are still devoid of prey. Some who lived through the fire may recognize their charred former homeland -- others tour the area just to view the damage.

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  1.   1.  Climate
  2.   2.  Geography
  3.   3.  Demographics
  4.   4.  Common Flora & Fauna
    1.   4.1  Flora
    2.   4.2  Fauna
  5.   5.  Waterways
  6.   6.  Islands
  7.   7.  Sources

1.  Climate

The climate tends toward cool and wet. Heavy ice build-up through the Gulf of Saint Lawrence makes for colder winters, though summer can be enjoyably mild thanks to the western strait's warm water flow. The exposed northernmost parts of the peninsula tend to have a rougher, harsher climate than the rest of Nova Scotia. Unlike the southerly portions of the region, there is little fog this far north.

2.  Geography

Most of this region is well-above sea level; the terrain ranges from hilly to mountainous. Amongst the mountainous regions is the Death Mountains, with numerous high peaks.

The shoreline is Atlantic; although the water is cold and the waves are strong, the shore lacks the bay coast's extreme tidal range. The Northumberland Strait has cold current. Uniquely, the sea freezes around the northernmost parts and the Northumberland straits.

The land comprised the Bleeding Souls territories, which were used in-game from 2001 until 2008. Now, the land has been irrevocably shaped by the 2008 wildfire, which burned vast swaths of the Ashes and Ashes territory and drove the characers of Bleeding Souls southwards. Much of the terrain is still recovering.

3.  Demographics

This region was sparsely populated prior to the apocalypse. There is little sign of human occupation outside outside of Sydney and the Aelcrest Shore region to the west. The mountains in particular were unpopulated, and the fire destroyed much evidence of human life further north.

4.  Common Flora & Fauna

4.1  Flora

Unburned Areas

  • Northern Bilberry: This native flowering plant grows on wet acidic soils on heathland, moorland, tundra, and in the understory of coniferous forests. The flowers are pendulous, urn-shaped, pale pink, 4–6 mm long, produced in mid spring. The fruit is a dark blue-black berry 5–8 millimetres (0.20–0.31 in) diameter, with a white flesh, edible and sweet when ripe in late summer.

Burned Areas

  • Fireweed: Fireweed is a perennial herbaceous plant, often abundant in wet calcareous to slightly acidic soils in open fields, pastures, and particularly burned-over lands. Its symmetrical flowers have four magenta to pink petals. It has uses as a flavoring, tea, infectiong healing agent, and source of vitamins.

  • Pale Corydalis is found in rocky woodland and burned or disturbed places.

4.2  Fauna

Extremely low numbers in the The Blacklands; typical populations elsewhere.

Unburned Areas

Goats, Bats, Deer, Rodents, Foxes, Marten,

Burned Areas

Small rodents, Shorebirds, and Seal are the only creatures found in the burned areas.

5.  Waterways

Primeval Memories

Vapor Lake

Vapor Lake sits just to the north of the Sosye River Basin, fed by the Yawrah River. There is a small island in the lake that's normally hidden by swaths of fog. The lake has gone acidic due to the fires and burned chemicals of the Concrete Jungle just to the east, as well as the inflow of other pollutants and fire debris from the Yawrah River's southbound flow. Though unsafe to drink and unable to support fish life, Vapor Lake is not incredibly dangerous. Spending too much time within the water, though...

Vapor Lake was a former territory of Bleeding Souls. It was claimed by Clouded Tears in early 2002 and remained so until the 2008 fire. It was not playable in-game again until the northern Ashes and Ashes territories were reopened in 2010.

  • Ceres Sadira and Kiriska Gravesites
    In the woods near Vapor Lake's largest in-flowing tributary are two large, oddly colored rocks, each bearing the name of a deceased Clouded Tears alpha. Kiriska's gravestone is the older of the two and directly opposite hers is Ceres's gravestone. Kiriska and her stillborn litter was buried there by Ceres, and later on, Ceres was buried opposite her friend by Kiriska's only surviving son Laruku Tears.
  • Alpha's Rock
    On the other side of the lake, there is a large, flat grey rock that was used as the alpha's stage during Clouded Tears pack meetings.

Yawrah River

The Yawrah River begins in the upper parts of the Acheron Peak area, fed by the Tranquil Springs. It snakes down through the mountains and flows across much of the Cape Breton Peninsula, picking up several smaller creeks and streams through its long course.

Its currents are lazy and mild, with little force to them. The danger in the Yawrah is its width. Broad, flat floodplains expand all around the river, which is itself incredibly wide. The territory surrounding the Yawrah River, once green and lush, has become flat and dreary, comprised primarily of floodlands. The trees once lining the river’s borders have been swept away, leaving the soil loose and free to erode. The once quick, clear Yawrah has become muddy and even stinking in the northerly parts, tainted sulphur in the Bonefire caves. Clean water from its many estuaries is enough to purify it in the south.

In the south, however, the floodplains are even wider, and the river slows to a crawl, dominated by the invasive Fanwort plant, a foreign invader to Nova Scotia's soil. Nevertheless, there is still evidence of fish life beneath the surface, and Ospreys and Bald Eagles, fisher-birds, are sometimes seen circling the muddy river, still capable hunters despite the change in the river. Other water-dwelling birds are often seen along the river, though not in any plentiful manner.

Sosye River Basin and Swamp Sosye

A number of rivers in the south of the Cape Breton Peninsula are collectively referred to as the Sosye River Basin. The river is fed by the Yawrah River, through Vapor Lake. Several of the small creeks running through the Ashes and Ashes area also feed into the Sosye River Basin. The low-lying land here soaks up the water, resulting in swampy woods. The low-lying lands here are especially prone to flooding.

Where the freshwater finally meets the ocean, the water is brackish, and there is a constant battle between the escaping water of the river and the frantic, grasping waves trying to come inland.

6.  Islands

7.  Sources