Millstone Village (Salsola)

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Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  The Ruins
    1.   1.1  Images
  2.   2.  Storage
  3.   3.  Clinic
  4.   4.  Garden
  5.   5.  Stables

Way down on the southern point of the Isthmus of Chignecto is a small village that cannot be found on a map. In fact, there are literally no roads to Millstone Village at all, only forest paths that stretch and go on for miles. Eventually through the trees there are cabins and a few copses here and there along with tools of the past;none of the technological advances of the world around can be found. From cabins to barns to a one room schoolhouse and graveyard, one can draw the conclusion that Millstone Village is in fact, an Amish village tucked away from the eyes of the world.

1.  The Ruins

The Ruins, where much of Salsola resides, are scattered from the Millstone Village nearly to the coast -- like bones, the bleached remains of a grand Chateau and its outbuildings sprawl in eerie, crumbling splendour. The stone remnants of buildings provide secretive pockets, often disguised with a protective growth of wild thistle. The stunning overgrowth of underbrush provides excellent cover.

1.1  Images

Typical Millstone ruins. Structurally, only stone houses seem to have held up. Southern coastline. This is the room where Salsola hosts their Last Supper ceremonies. Even overgrown areas have remnants of ruins around them.
Cabins can still be found throughout the area. Many are smaller and likely previously used by hunters. The westernmost coast. Larger wooden buildings have suffered much more structural damage and are unsafe!

2.  Storage

On the southern coastal edge of Millstone Village, a small hump of land hunkers against the bay's breeze. It at first seems to be the average esker or drumlin, just another patch of land showing sign of past glaciation. Upon closer inspection, one realizes there is a thick and heavy oak door in the hillside itself, half-disguised by overgrowth from the hillock it sits within.

Salsola's small storage unit is a single, small room no larger than twelve feet by twelve feet (3.6 meters x 3.6 meters). The pack uses this area to store public goods such as dishes, dried plants, or anything else they're comfortable sharing. There are sturdy wooden shelving units in the storage shed, leftover from the humans.

3.  Clinic

The Clinic is a free standing structure, comprised of an old hunting lodge later expanded and reinforced upon by the members. It is well hidden but with easy access, as trails branch out from the central area. They are large enough for horses to pass, though a cart would have difficulty. The building itself is roomy and has two floors, including an open upper level where emergency stores, such as blankets and food, are kept.

There are three two separate bedrooms on the first level that have been converted for patients use. The bathroom and kitchen have been cleared out completely, with both now serving as storage. There is a fireplace in the main area as well as the kitchen itself.

4.  Garden

The garden is located in lush territory, butting up against the Pictou River. Various uncultivated plant cover disguises the garden from view, and a short fence surrounds it. The fence is useless for keeping vermin and such out of the garden, and serves as a boundary marker.

A number of different plants are cultivated for Salsola's purposes; primarily, the pack is interested in healing items and items that can be used to conceal one's scent. However, any plants possessing useful properties may be added to the garden's stores.

The garden's proximity to the Pictou River allows for watering trenches to bring quenching liquid to the growing plants of the pack. Plants are frequently dried and transported to the Storage shed for safe-keeping. Prior to the 2011 winter, the garden is not winterized.

5.  Stables

Marrgerd is located just two miles north-east of The Ruins. It is the formal name for an area encompassing Salsola's main livestock grazing area and stables. It is large mire fully encompassing over twenty-five hundred acres, comprised largely of open meadowland. A small pond provides easy water access, left as the remains of a larger glacial kettle. While moss was once the major ground cover, time has caused most of this to become peat. This, as well as Shepherd's purse, thistle, and dandelion are extremely common in the area. Brush such as winterberry, silverweed, and staghorn sumac can be found throughout the open areas. As one gets closer to the surrounding forests, Balsam Fir, Jack Pine, Black Spruce, Red Spruce, White Poplar, and Elm begin to consume the open grassland. Pennyroyal was planted around the barn and outlying areas to help mask the scent of animals.

Livestock is cared for by both the Ganadero and Vaqueros, as well as the Slave of the Hoof. The feed and tack rooms are communal and used to house all manner of horse products. Individually owned horses fall to the responsibility of their owners -- remember, apperances are a big part of Salsola life and stall upkeep reflects upon the owner. ;D Barn swallows have colonized the high rafters of Salsola’s barn; this is especially favorable and helps keep down the fly and insect population. Unfortunately, the amount of food and waste that is found in the area has attracted scavengers. Rodents can be found around the area, though the high concentration of cats and birds of prey in the area keep this population at bay. Whitefish can be found within the lake itself; their presence has attracted raccoons which will sometimes try and come into the barn at night.

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