The Ruins (Salsola)

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  1.   1.  The Ruins
    1.   1.1  Images
  2.   2.  Details and Landmarks
    1.   2.1  The Feasting Hall
    2.   2.2  Storage
    3.   2.3  Clinic
  3.   3.  Stables

The Ruins

by Alaine

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 splendor. 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 for secretive canines wanting to keep their personal dwellings private. Due to its stunning vistas and unique location near the crags and stony beaches of the coastline, The Ruins are the central densite of the Salsolan Territory, where most pack members live in relative proximity to one another.

Though the rest of Salsola's land is largely overgrown, due to a constant number of people moving about, the land around The Ruins is notably less so. In many places well-worn paths have formed into larger trails over time; the route to the North, especially, it a particularly wide one (so as carts can pass) and runs as far as the Shulie Farmland. Within The Ruins, many worn dirt and pebble-lined trails crisscross between residences, leading particularly to common areas such as the Feasting Hall, where Last Supper pack meetings are held. Due to the nature of the decrepit old caste, The Ruins provide an ample defense for the pack in the event of an ambush - There are many hidden nooks and crannies amongst the crumbling stones, and in parts, the castle's ancient outer wall remain as a physical blockade. The Ruins also comprise of four compass-pointing towers; Originally constructed by humans as guard and look-out vantage points, these old structures are now in thorough need of repair.

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.  Details and Landmarks

2.1  The Feasting Hall

This is the location of Salsola's Last Supper ritual, in which the Family meets for monthly (occasionally less than) meetings to discus pack activities and progress, including the rites of intra-pack promotions, or any news relevant to the functioning of the pack. The feasting hall is located towards the southern end of the Ruins. Independent of the main structure of the old castle itself, the hall is a long rectangular structure that shows various amounts of exposure and age. It's condition allows for no roof, but sturdy stone walls with two main entrances - When a Last Supper is in preparation or progress, large pyres and lit torches will light up the hall with flamelight.

2.2  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.

2.3  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.

3.  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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Category: Salsola