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Table of Contents (hide)

  1.   1.  Landmarks
    1.   1.1  Sybil's Shore
    2.   1.2  Other
    3.   1.3  Capscaves
    4.   1.4  Mayate Lighthouse
  2.   2.  Emergency Storage

Pictou River, Isle Haute

by Alaine

Salsola's easternmost coastline point boasts a small dock extending outward into the bay on a particularly flat section of the beach. The jetty is old, but has been repaired over time by pack members and is currently in a usable state for small to medium sized vessels. With more upgrades planned for the future, it is the Family's hope that eventually, the dock might be in high enough condition to support the arrival of merchant ships trading down the coast from Freetown. Currently, a chain cable extends forth from this dock and is connected to a simple pulley on the far island. The cable sits beneath the water until a vessel seeks to cross. The boat currently used by Salsolans to make the crossing to Isle Haute is a shallow, punt-styled vessel that is operated like a cable ferry.

The dock itself is comprised of two main buildings, one a long storage warehouse that is in moderate condition, and the second a smaller accompanying cottage that has been repaired to suitable quality for any guests or dock-managers. There is a large brass bell on the end of the dock, salvaged from Amherst. When a Salsola member wishes to cross the small straight from the mainland to Isle Haute, s/he need only ring the bell, and The Slave of the Salt will ferry them across on a small makeshift boat. The slave will be in attendance to the individual until they are either dismissed, or the individual is safely returned to Salsola's mainland.

It was discovered and extensively mapped shortly after Salsola was founded, seeing regular Salsolan activity between from summer to late winter of 2011 until it was officially claimed as Salsolan territory.

UPDATED TEXT: A small island, known to Salsolans as Isle Haute, juts bravely into the loch just south of the mainland claim. Visible from the southern shore, it is a stony protrusion that is large enough to hold soil and trees well above the waterline of the loch. Isle Haute features towering bayside bluffs, which offer some protection from the ebbing tide. The mainland coast is slightly more forgiving.

The island is accessible via a dock and chain-pulley boat, which was once operated by the Slave of Salt pre-abolition of the slave rank by Queen Elphaba Revlis in 2018. Isle Haute is off-limits to most Salsolans, presumably due to its nature as a sacred site to the kingdom's Sanctus tier.


1.  Landmarks

1.1  Sybil's Shore

Sybil's Shore is the coast closest to Salsola, and consequently, the flattest coast of the Mayate isle. It is here the boat to and from the mainland coast lands, and here where Khirot's small shack, constructed by Larkspur and Miqui, stands.

1.2  Other

  • Hollow Pond: A small pond on Sybil's shore, fed by Springs Hollow. It is brackish water, and frequently traps fish during the low tide.
  • Springs Hollow: This freshwater spring sits high on Borgata Mayate's cliffs, feeding into the nearby pond.
  • Bone Gulch: A deep gully in the cliffs of Isle Haute, facing the bay. The path around Bone Gulch is rocky and rather treacherous.
  • Steep Meadow: This steep, rolling hill is devoid of trees, but in the spring and summer, becomes overgrown with thick and brilliantly green grasses. The angle of the meadow is rather steep, and it drops to a sheer cliff on the other side.
  • Blackstone: This small rocky isle sits along the southern coast of the island, boasting a few gnarled pines and little else.

1.3  Capscaves

The eastern half of the Borgata Mayate isle boasts a wealth of shallow, damp caves -- perfect for growing mushrooms. In Winter 2011, Liliya Russo transplanted the crops of the Salsola Garden and moved them to the cave, where they began growing rampantly.

1.4  Mayate Lighthouse

The unmaintained steel lighthouse on the bay-facing side of Salsola is in relatively good condition. Though rust creeps along its sides and the whistle of the wind can be heard through the chinks in the thick metal sheeting, the lighthouse still stands, and its single-room basement provides a secondary, emergency storage area for Salsola.

2.  Emergency Storage

Supplies donated to the emergency stores are not able to be traded or used freely. Only items able to keep for a long time without interference -- e.g., dried plants or smoked meats -- should be stored here.

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Miscellaneous

Torches x06
  • Each are constructed of a thick stick with one end wrapped with a pitch-soaked rag.


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