The River of Fire

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Landmarks
    1.   2.1  Elsipogtog (aka The Ruins of Tog)
    2.   2.2  Firelight Hollow
    3.   2.3  The Charred Village (aka Fiskebyn)
    4.   2.4  Broken Bifrost
  3.   3.  Waterways
    1.   3.1  River of Fire
    2.   3.2  Black Lake
    3.   3.3  Sister Lake
    4.   3.4  Miramichi River
  4.   4.  Sources
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General

Region Northern Tides
Territory Miramichi Wilderness
Major Waterways
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

This sprawling former First Nations community tucked into the rural reaches of New Brunswick was hardly notable during the time of humanity. Boasting only a few brick or stone buildings, it has mostly been reclaimed by wilderness. The clearest remaining evidence of humankind is the single-story, sprawling school building and the fire department building. Most of the land was formerly farmland -- though sapling trees have begun sprouting, there are few areas with thick forestation in this area.

2.  Landmarks

2.1  Elsipogtog (aka The Ruins of Tog)

This small town and former First Nations community nestles into the wilderness. This is the River of Fire community proper -- a small town resting against a long, lean two-lane highway that snakes southward toward Saint John. Much of it has been overrun with trees and shrubbery, though the buildings still stand. The town is ringed by a number of small farms, increasingly rural with swathes of forest between their fields.

2.2  Firelight Hollow

The trees here are a mixture of deciduous and evergreen, and the forest floor is cluttered with underbrush and fallen logs. Birds can be heard calling, and prey is plentiful. It sprawls north towards Black Lake and into the foothills of the Burnt Church Mountains.

2.3  The Charred Village (aka Fiskebyn)

This little village, once called Fiskebyn by its former inhabitants, sits on the sandy south shore of Sister Lake. Once a cozy and peaceful commune, with a mixture of human-built cottages and Luperci-made cabins, it is obvious by anyone visiting it now that something tragic has taken place here. Black scars, evidence of a terrible fire, are present on every home, as well as many of the trees that once offered them protection and shade. Though most have collapsed into piles of charred debris, what few cottages and cabins remain standing are burned beyond use or repair.

Located at the north end of the fields close to the village are a stable and a barn, attached to which was a chicken coop and a storage shed. Both of these structures, too, are charred husks of their former selves.

2.4  Broken Bifrost

Not a bridge in truth, but it is an old mill that is nearly ready to collapse into the small lake it has formed, and the water has long been spilling over the causeway, evoking a soothing sound. There are plenty of fish and freshwater crawfish to be found at the base of the wall. Because fish sometimes fall over the causeway, it can be a good place to set up a fishing trap. Because the little lake is fed by a narrow tributary meandering off the southern shore of Moosehead Lake, where River Dog Island sits, the Broken Bifrost is frequented by otters as well. In the spring and summer, wildflowers are rampant near around the derelict mill and the little lake, making it a beautiful site to visit. (Created by Gen during Krokar's territory contest)

3.  Waterways

3.1  River of Fire

This tributary of the Miramichi begins at the Blackwood lake, snaking lazily southward through the fertile once-farmlands of the River of Fire. Its slow current runs with cold, clear waters through still lands. The River of Fire earned its name from the golden glow of its waters. With little forest directly around it, in the sunrise and sunset, the river seems to glow orange-yellow, its surface overlaid with ripples that seem to dance as fire.

3.2  Black Lake

To the north of the territory, Black Lake hunkers in the beginning of the Burnt Church Mountains' forested foothills, draining into the River of Fire. This lake has a flat, black surface, giving rise to its name. The tree cover is thick in this northern stretch of the River of Fire, and the trees seem to lean in over the lake, aiding its shade. Black Lake's waters are, as the surface suggests, quite cold. As an important environment for several species of Fish, Black Lake is an among the best inland fishing spots in this part of the territory.

Echo Cave

A system of caverns located in Black Lake. Luperci can dive down to them and surface inside.

3.3  Sister Lake

Directly south of Black Lake, Sister Lake also feeds into the River of Fire. Much smaller than its sibling, Sister Lake also lacks the flat, dark surface of its sibling lake. Though its fish populations do not rival that of Black Lake, Sister Lake is renowned more for its beauty. The southern shore is a sandy beach; several tiny cottages hunker in this cleared area, along with a small stable and separate underground cellar. Though the area is clearly a remnant of humanity, there is evidence of Luperci action in the area. Repairs were made to some of the houses, while one (presumably too damaged for repair) was razed entirely. Despite these permanent evidences, though, there is no recent scent of Luperci within the area, and it stands abandoned.

3.4  Miramichi River

The Miramichi River refers to a collection of rivers: there are Little and Big Miramichi Rivers, as well as the Northwest Miramichi and Southeast Miramichi. Many tributaries are in the Miramichi Watershed areas, but several streams and one Miramichi River (perhaps the Southeast or the Little Eastern -- no one is quite sure) cuts through the Miramichi Valley. The thickest part of the river takes a turn into the flatlants of the River of Fire and finally meanders south to the larger Saint John River. It is a meandering river, with very slow-moving waters. Much of its downstream waters are muddied, thickened with the silt and sediment picked up throughout its vast headwaters.

4.  Sources