Shattered Coast

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General

Region Seabreeze Brink
Subterritories
Major Waterways Atlantic Ocean
Size ?? sq km / ?? sq mi

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1.  Description

The Shattered Coast region, aptly named, is unique primarily for its two largest bays, the broad-mouthed, three-pronged Mahoney Bay in the south and the narrow-mouthed St. Margaret's Bay. Within both of these bays, the water is marked by hundreds of little islands. Many are little more than sand bars and a few exposed rocks; some of the largest boast tiny forests with ample Shorebird populations and marine life abounds.

While these rocky shores to the south of Halifax are foreboding and ringed with steep cliffs and rocky outcroppings, the area boasts some of the best fishing spots along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Nova Scotia. Along the beach, clams and crabs are found in abundance, and small tidepools trap fishes and other marine creatures with the tide. A multitude of ocean caves line the shoreside cliffs; some of the caves are only accessible during low tide. They flood completely or partially with the inflow of tide -- making for dangerous spaces, should one be unfortunate enough to become trapped in one of these flooding caves.

Up on the slopes, topping the coastal cliffs, a thinly forested plain hugs the coast before giving way into the thickly wooded wildnerness preserve territory found within bordering The Dampwoods and Ethereal Eclipse, respectively. As well as inheriting some of the forested terrain of neighboring areas, the inland areas of the Shattered Coast begin to rise steadily, marking the beginnings of the mountainous hills that make up the northwesterly Ethereal Eclipse.

2.  Landmarks

2.1  Clam Harbour Reserve

This southerly wilderness reserve is located on a peninsula of the southernmost shore of the Shattered Coast region, near to the Sober Islands. True to its name, clams are found in great abundance along the shoreline and in the brackish water of the river delta, where the Gaspereau River (fed by the Gaspereau Lake to the far north) drains into the small Sober Bay. Where much of the Shattered Coast region was populated with the rural fishing villages that make up much of Halifax's coastal urban region, the Clam Harbour Reserve was, as its name suggests, a natural park where no humans were permitted to settle. The coastal wilderness remains as it was for thousands of years before humanity's interference.

2.2  Ross Farm Museum

This rural little farm was once populated by working artisans and live animals, aiming give visitors an understanding of the importance of Nova Scotia's rural heritage. The animals and artisans are gone, of course -- but the buildings and everything else remains. This tiny village of fifteen or twenty historic buildings, each once filled with antique implements and furnishings, hunkers in the small hollow of a sheltering, glacially-carved bowl in the otherwise rocky highlands of the Shattered Coast region. Protected from wind, rain, salt, and sea, the area remains in good condition -- though, due to its central location on the Nova Scotian region, it has experienced its share of Luperci scavengers. Useful implements may still be found amongst the buildings -- if not at least some inspiration for Luperci looking to emulate a human lifestyle.

2.3  Niobrara Stables and Racetrack (Cour des Miracles)

The Niobrara Racetrack and Stables. In the days of the humans it was a popular place to go watch the races and gamble, but it has been neglected ever since the once dominant race's demise. Despite that, it has weathered considerably well. The oblong track is still visible, though covered in overgrown grass and weeds. The stadium seating is also still intact, though hardly safe. The stables are the real treasure trove of Niobrara however.

2.4  Arbres de la Falaise (Cour des Miracles)

The sheer walls of the cliffs that rise majestically above the crashing waves support a second, verdant world above them. To those willing to make the arduous climb, or hike around the imposing stone, there is a lush forest thriving at the top. Prey animals such as deer and rabbits have bred uninterrupted for too many moons, so the land is ripe with natural resources.

2.5  Chien Hotel (Cour des Miracles)

A large several story abandoned Hotel that is located just off the beach at the western side of the territory. Chien Hotel is in good condition, it has a few broken windows and minor repairs but otherwise this is the main headquarters of pack. Hidden within the thick trees as it has a large metal gate surrounding it, this gives the hotel a dark but powerful look. Among the many rooms and hall ways it has a large basement and wine cellar. The hotel has four floors, the top three consisting of many rooms on each floor, and the first floor including general rooms, such as the kitchen, the dining room, and the foyer.

2.6  Lunenberg (Cour des Miracles)

The port town of Lunenburg lies on the western part of Mahone Bay, the harbor still holds all sorts of seaworthy vessels from tiny dingies to fishing boats and even swift schooners. Tourism was one of Lunenburg's main sources of income in the reign of humans and that still shows with the number of restaurants, inns, hotels and shops that use to serve the tourist trade. From the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and HB Studios, to the Lunenburg Opera House there's something for everyone.

3.  Waterways

3.1  Shattered Coast Bays

The two major Atlantic Ocean bays — Mahoney Bay and Saint Margaret's Bay — make up the shoreline of the Shattered Coast region. Though by no means the only Atlantic-side bays, the Mahoney and Saint Margaret are the largest and most prominent along the oceanic coast.

  • Saint Margaret's Bay
    The eastern shore of the smaller, more northerly of Shattered Coast's Atlantic bays is formed by the Chebucto Peninsula. The south shore is a long, narrow peninsula that separates the Saint Margaret's Bay from the Mahoney Bay. The bay's shores are mostly rocky, although the head of the bay offers several sandy beaches. Another sandy beach exists on the western shore of the bay. Saint Margaret's Bay, though situated closer to Halifax than Mahoney Bay, was not as populous: this is due to the rockier and more foreboding shorelines of the Saint Margaret.
  • Mahoney Bay
    The larger bay, Mahoney Bay, "is dotted with innumerable small and medium-sized islands throughout its waters." The bay's geological history differs from its eastern neighbour, St. Margarets Bay, in that Mahoney Bay shows a greater variety of soils and bedrock. Picturesque shorelines, both rocky and sandy in composition, line the entirety of the Mahoney Bay. There are numerous tiny fishing ports, little more than a few docks and a cluster of three or four buildings, scattered all along the edge of this bay. On the westernmost shores of the bay, glacial drumlins aided humans in small-scale farming operations — all of which has fallen silent, of course. In the spring of 2016, a meteor struck off the Atlantic Ocean and expanded the Mahoney Bay. As a result, The Witch's Cauldron was flooded. The Pirata Groto, however, may still yield interesting discoveries.
    • Pirata Grotto
      The Pirata Grotto is a sub-basin of the larger Mahoney Bay. A partially submerged opening leads way into the Pirata Grotto, a cave well known for it's majestic waters. Inside, the ocean water appears to glow a vibrant blue, even amidst the darkness of the cave. Well beneath the surface lies and opening which allows the sunlight to pour in, illuminating the water to the point that it glows. To the back of the cave is the very thing that gave the Grotto it's name. Remnants of a ship lie in wait, washed up and wedged upon the rocks, rumored to have once been the ship of a band of Pirates. While it seems almost impossible to gain entrance to Pirata Grotto, if one waits until low tide, the ocean washes away, revealing a small path of rocks that lead safely into the cave.

3.2  Saint Croix River

The Saint Croix collects the Petite Riviere's flow, along with numerous other small rivers and streams from the Ethereal Eclipse and surrounding Shattered Coast territory. This quick-moving, wide river is dotted with various mills and leftovers from humanity. Several small dams, most no longer functioning, and other manmade structures dot its course, especially approaching the Atlantic Ocean.

Petit Riviere

The Petite Riviere is contained entirely within the Shattered Coast region. This slow-moving river collects inflow from various lakes and streams from the surrounding highlands, and the river in turn drains into the Saint Croix. Three of the lakes on the Petite Riviere are the only known freshwater habitat of the Atlantic Whitefish.

4.  Islands

4.1  Sober Islands

The Sober Islands are an archipelago of three barrier islands along the southern extremes of the Shattered Coast, bordering the Shiloh Hills in part. These islands are similar to their northerly neighbors along the Quartz Shoreline area in that they protect the bays and coastline from the ocean, mitigating its effects on the calm-water bays and coves. Though many islands decorate the appropriately-named Shattered Coast, most are not notable in any way. As with much of southern Nova Scotia, however, all islands along this part of the coast pose a danger to Luperci sailors hoping to depart or land on the coastline.

  • Sober Island
    The largest of the Shattered Coast trio gives name to the archipelago. Sober Island supports a large population of Shorebirds, as well as some larger mammal species. Squirrels and raccoons can be found on the island, along with a few small rodent species. Larger ungulates might survive on the island, but have not been seen on Sober Island.
  • Deadman Isle
    Deadman Isle is a rocky and foreboding island north of Sober Island. It supports a few birds but little else in the way of wildlife. Deadman Isle is notable for being the site of clandestine executions in the age of piracy. Tales of hauntings and ghosts followed the island into modern human times, and persisted even past the demise of humanity.
  • Softwood Island
    Softwood Island is a tiny island, more sand than rock, that splits in two with the high tide, its lowest points becoming completely submerged. It is inland from Sober and Deadman islands and makes traveling between the two larger islands -- and travelling to or from shore -- much easier.

5.  History

5.1  Claimed Land

  • Much of the Shattered Coast has been claimed by Cour des Miracles from 2008 to the present day.

6.  Sources