Shiloh Hills

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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Subterritories
    1.   2.1  Rabbit Lake
  3.   3.  Landmarks
    1.   3.1  Raddall Preserve
    2.   3.2  Highrocks
    3.   3.3  McNamara Landing
    4.   3.4  Port Joli
  4.   4.  Waterways
    1.   4.1  Medway River
  5.   5.  Islands
    1.   5.1  Green Rock Island
  6.   6.  History
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General

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

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1.  Description

The Shiloh Hills are the midpoint of the rocky southeast of Nova Scotia, situated between the Shattered Coast to the north and the Broken Occident to the south. Headlands and Erratics, along with Drumlins and other glacial rock formations, dominate the hilly land. The northern forest spanning over the Ethereal Eclipse ends abruptly at the border of the hills, where the soil changes from nutrient-rich to rocky and poor. Here, the forest thins and becomes patchy, with wide, grassy meadows and stony rises taking over instead.

Though not densely populated, several fishing villages and larger towns, situated on river deltas and bays, can be found amongst the hills. One of the largest towns, housing an expansive manor and several farms, was supported by tourism in the time of humanity, providing easy access to the nearby Raddall Preserve as well as the more northerly, large national park in the Ethereal Eclipse area. Though large ungulates such as Moose and Deer do not frequent the hilly territory, a hardy landrace of Goats, leftover from the time of humanity, thrives on the stony territory.

2.  Subterritories

2.1  Rabbit Lake

This lake, the largest freshwater lake within the playable game area, sits in a small glacial valley. The picturesque nature of Rabbit Lake resulted in its designation as a protected area even in the time of humanity. After the apocalypse, the land flourished as it had for centuries before. Much of the surrounding valley is home to Moose, Shrews, and Voles. Low shrubs and Black Spruce trees are more plentiful than other plants, but white and red Oaks are slowly beginning to grow.

The lake's waters are pristine and clear, fed by a number of streams which course through the hills and drain out of the lake in the large, broad Medway River. The rolling, sparsely forested hardwood hillocks of the Shiloh Hills surround the wide waters of the lake. Despite the picturesque nature of Rabbit Lake, its size can allow strong winds to whip over the surface of the lake. This phenomenon, combined with numerous submerged trees and rocks and a somewhat variable water level, can make the Rabbit extremely dangerous for canoes and small boats.

3.  Landmarks

3.1  Raddall Preserve

This small park nestles near the Shiloh Hills border, near to where the former territory of The Trenches once lay in the south. The park's boundaries include the tiny Green Rock Island, as well as inland marsh and coastal shoreline, protected from the ocean by the little Green Rock. The preserve is most notable for the large marshland bog that spans most of the inland areas. Purple Pitcher Plants are extremely common in this area. Humans once used the area for camping and vacationing purposes, but most of their buildings -- wooden cottages and shacks, in truth -- have decayed. A former washing house, made of brick, persists near the coast.

3.2  Highrocks

The Highrocks tower over the Medway River as it cuts through the northeastern part of the territory. The limestone and shale cliffs allow a breathtaking view of the southern landscape. On clear days, one can see straight out to the ocean far below. The area is always windy, never free of a breeze. During storms, the point becomes especially dangerous -- one would not want to stand on the area for those powerful winds, and because this area, the highest in the Shiloh Hills, is prone to lightning strikes -- as the single withered, burned tree at its crest can attest.

Skip Caves

The Skip Cave system lies to the southwest of Port Joli, nestled close to the Highrocks. Most of the caves are connected, though a few shallow ones situated near the outside of the system are home to a few or even single rooms. The interconnected system is not incredibly deep, as far as caves go -- but an underground branch of the Medway River flows through the deepest reaches. The cave is often filled with the bubbling sound of water, though the majority of its length is bone dry.

3.3  McNamara Landing

In the northwestern portion of the hills, an old and rust-covered military cargo jet crashed into the hills. Whether this occurred before or during the apocalypse, no one is quite certain. The front portion of the jet was crushed in accordion fashion, leaving little of the cockpit intact. Both wings were shorn off, laying a short distance behind the main body of the plain. Large gashes mark its metallic sides, allowing some of its contents to spill forth -- boxes and boxes, thick recycled wooden ones stuffed with military supplies. Some of the boxes have begun to deteriorate outside and within the plane's innards; still others have fallen prey to Luperci scavengers over the years. Nevertheless, the remote destination of the landing site has left a bounty of supplies.

3.4  Port Joli

This small town hunkers on the coast of the Hills, quite near to the Raddall Preserve. Little more than a village, a quaint main street with a single hotel for tourists visiting nearby parks and preserves nestles between the rises of two hills. The town was surrounded primarily by former farmland. As one might surmise from the prey populations typical of the nearby areas of the hills, Goats were primarily raised in the farms of Port Joli.

Koender Windmill

In the south of Port Joli, a quiet and gentle giant sits. Settled in a forgotten field, an ancient windmill stands. Constructed from river stones, it sits on a wide circular base. Parts of its wooden arms have been decaying for years; one has completely fallen off from disrepair. Once the center of the Koender farmstead around Port Joli, the Koender still stands as a testament to the forest. Hollowed by time and decay, the inside holds only remnants of the inner workings that made the mill function. Eerie echoes reverberate within the innards of the windmill. Though the second story where the main mechanical components were housed is still accessible, the ladder leading up to it seems rickety and in a poor state.

Old Red

Just south of Haven Manor and to the West of Rabbit Lake is an old and tall barn made by the humans, once part of the Robertsons farm. The building is made of wood, some of it rotting and filled with holes. Its once vivid red paint has become faded, and its metal roof is streaked orange and red with rust. Within the barn, both sides are with wooden stalls filled with the dusty remnants of what might have been hay once. The loft of the barn is accessible, and the metall ladder is sturdy enough to support even the heaviest of Luperci.

Haven Manor

Haven Manor is a large and towering structure made of bricks and cement. Sitting in the far eastern part of Port Joli, the mansion was perhaps once owned by someone very rich and powerful. Its luxurious wings are elegantly crafted, with spacious and high-ceilinged rooms throughout the ground floor and small, private bedrooms and entertaining rooms throughout the rest of the mansion. There are various sections of the mansion, including the foyer, front porch, kitchen, and spacious living room. A secret passage that runs beneath the manor, leading to one of the outbuildings on the manor's grounds, but few know about this dark, dusty underground tunnel.

4.  Waterways

4.1  Medway River

The Medway River, running through much of the Shiloh Hills, is one of the major rivers of Nova Scotia. It supports a large run of Atlantic Salmon with their spawning season. Rabbit Lake drains into the Medway, as well as a large number of smaller lakes, rivers, and streams from the surrounding highlands, drawn to Rabbit Lake by way of the small Cottontain Valley. The Medway is a broad, medium-current river; it is a major part of the ecosystem in this Shiloh Hills area.

5.  Islands

5.1  Green Rock Island

This small island sits off the coast. Rocky of shoreline and heavily forested, it was uninhabited in the time of humanity and formerly a part of the Raddall Preserve. Although not especially large, it supports a small freshwater lake at its center, and could easily support larger mammalian life such as deer or horses -- though none have made their way to the rock as of yet. Only smaller mammals can be found here. Nevertheless, Green Rock is a haven for birds of all kinds. Shorebirds, Songbirds, and Birds of Prey all congregate within the preserve to feed in the rich woodland of the larger preserve; the island is no exception.

6.  History

  • In April 2016, a meteor struck sea and decimated most of the area to the south but also affected some of the coastline along Shiloh Hills and expanded Rabbit Lake.