Primeval Memories

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Subterritories
    1.   2.1  Wentworth Valley
    2.   2.2  Cobequid Foothills
    3.   2.3  Âmes de la Mort
    4.   2.4  Moaning Wood
  3.   3.  Landmarks
    1.   3.1  Acheron Peaks
  4.   4.  Waterways
    1.   4.1  Sosye River Basin and Swamp Sosye
    2.   4.2  Vapor Lake
    3.   4.3  Yawrah River Territory
  5.   5.  History
  6.   6.  Notes
  7.   7.  Sources
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General

Region Eastern Realms
Subterritories Wentworth Valley

Cobequid Foothills
Âmes de la Mort
Moaning Wood

Major Waterways Atlantic Ocean

Northumberland Strait

Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

These are the former territories of Bleeding Souls, burned in the 2008 fires. Although there is faint evidence of life returning to this area, the fire was catastrophic, destroying much of the old-growth forests of the area, many of which were completely fire-intolerant. As a result, much of the vegetation was completely decimated and destroyed. Many trees have fallen, though some still remain, dead where they stand. Some greenery and evidence of life shows during the spring and summer months, but even this is sparse and stunted as the area struggles for its recovery. There are few prey animals to be found here -- indeed, it would seem the only animals managing to eke an existence in the burned areas are birds and other small rodents. Nonetheless, it is returning life, however unable to sustain Luperci it is.

2.  Subterritories

2.1  Wentworth Valley

The Wentworth Valley cuts through the Halcyon Mountains and the Cobequid Foothills, formed by a glacier as it cut through the earth and slid toward the sea. Although a few tiny towns once existed within the fertile valley during the time of the humans, they have since fallen to complete ruin -- the only evidence of their existence is the occasional still-standing foundation of a house, or a pile of rotting wood. Some of the trees are bent at awkward angles, and the occasional dead log sits in an impossible place -- speared through boulders at the edge of the valley, for example. At one time after the demise of humanity, a great deluge came through the area, wiping it clean of any evidence of man.

2.2  Cobequid Foothills

The Foothills, formerly a territory of Bleeding Souls, are comprised of the low-lying mountains to the north of Halcyon Mountain. In comparison to the larger ridge, these are mere rolling hills, gray and foreboding. Kettle lakes and pits are filled with stinking water -- unpalatable, but generally safe to drink. The area has slowly been flushed of evidence of the fire: the streams are no longer choked with ash, and greenery blooms here and there. Still, the area is permeated with thick fog, and birds seem wary of the area. It is rare to hear Songbirds in the half-dead woods of the Foothills -- though the screech of a Hawk or caw of a Crow can be heard now and again.

2.3  Âmes de la Mort

The Âmes de la Mort, stretching south of the Cobequid Foothills to the edge of the Moaning Wood, was once a dead, gray land, littered with dead trees and thirsty dirt. These lands were the initial tinder for the vast wildfire that consumed its surroundings. The territory, once home to the Shadowed Stars pack, had become withered and gray long before the fire; however, in the aftermath, it seems to have fared the best of its surrounding territories. Most of the trees here fell during the initial fire and have begun to rot away; saplings can be seen here, and although the land seems strangely flat and bare, there is evidence of green, returning life. Strangely, however, the predominant settler seems to be the English Oak, which is not native to Nova Scotia. The tree seems to quash its competitors, guaranteeing a forest predominated by the invasive species in several years' time.

2.4  Moaning Wood

Often thought to be haunted in the time these territories were occupied, the Moaning Wood has grown no less strange, though its strangeness now lies in silence. The trees, once screaming and creaking, now lie in ruined shambles, blackened logs littering the earth. Here, the fire consumed the trees wholly, and though many of the dead remnants were quick to fall, the abundance of them in this area has smothered much of the potential for new tree growth. However, grass and other low shrubbery has begun to overtake the area, fed by the stream snaking through the territory. Near the center of the territory, an unusually clean square is all that remains of the barn once constructed by the packmembers, the wood construction of the building long gone up in flames. With oak as the dominant tree populous, deeply buried seeds survived the fire and sprouted in its wake once again. Though spread thinly, and very young, it is entirely possible that small woodland may begin to grow in the dampest areas of the land once again.

3.  Landmarks

3.1  Acheron Peaks

The connection between the Halcyon Mountains to the south and the Death Mountains to the north, the Acheron Peaks are a series of bumpy, low foothills. They shield the Haunted Forest from the Northumberland Strait to the north and separate Wentworth Valley from the Sosye Basin to the east. Among the otherwise low-lying ridge, a solitary peak, taller than the rest, looms over its surroundings. It is not so proud and tall as Conquest Bluff to the north and east. Over the eons, the stream and the elements both have rounded the peak down to a gentle mountain, as with many in the area. It is here that the Tranquil Springs come forth from the earth -- blooming from the mountain and pooling down its sloped sides.

  • Tranquil Springs
    A series of small pools, beginning with a spring from the center of the mountain, sits midway up the mountain, cutting slowly into its side as the elements work to wear down the peak's top. These pools were formed over many long years -- yet steep steps separate them from one another, leading to pooling waterfalls. Most are no larger than a Luperci, but one is large enough to conceal a shallow hollow behind its tumbling falls. The water here is cold, clear, and beautiful -- a sharp contrast to the destruction to the east. The fire was here, but the water was quick to cleanse its effects.

4.  Waterways

4.1  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.

4.2  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.

4.3  Yawrah River Territory

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 far 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.

5.  History

  • Previously known as Withered Realms, it was later changed to Primeval Memories as a nod to the former territories of Bleeding Souls.

6.  Notes

  • The name Yawrah is actually a play on Sie's hometown, Rahway, because Sie was not very kr34t1v3 with naming things at age thirteen. XD

7.  Sources