Mountains

Mountains

North: Himalayan
Central: Appalachian
South: Rockies


A mysterious set of mountain ranges sprawls across the the terrain, curiously flowing from one extreme to the next. In the south, temperate zones are split with canyons and cliffs. The central terrain is comprised of low mountains that appear blue in the distance. Toward the north are intense peaks taller than any have ever gone before. Many of the mountains and ranges are dotted with old bridges and mysterious ancient structures.



Bluewater Lake (discovering)

Nestled in a forked ring of jagged peaks, a bright pool of glacier-blue water forms a lake at the base of a broad, magnificent waterfall. During Spring and Summer months, the area surrounding the lake is carpeted with herbs and flora that benefit from the nutrient-rich soil, and in the Autumn, dozens of beautiful wildflowers bloom. The waterfall is perennial, freezing over only in the coldest of winters though the majority of the lake itself freezes perfectly clear in the areas along the shore.

Crescent Cove North (discovering)

Crescent Cove North (discovering)

Spanning across both mountainous and temperature regions for uncertain miles lies a deep, crescent-shaped and mysterious gash in the earth. Long filled in by water and eroded down, the earth is not quite as jagged here as it once was though it is far from smooth. Within both the northern and southern branches of the cove, the water is eerily still and far from crystal clear, betraying the true depth of how deep the gash goes.

Fate's Respite (discovering)

Nestled at the foothills of Fate's Summit, a rocky outcropping cradles a tranquil lake. Crystalline waters do not waver; the glassy surface reflecting a perfect mirror image of the sparse trees that have rooted here. The water is unusually azure, almost tropical in appearance despite the mountainous climate. The stillness and serenity truly offer a respite to weary travelers who have found this haven in their wanderings. The noise of a distant waterfall sounds somewhere nearby, and despite the calm that lingers here ... there are many secrets to be discovered if one looks closely enough.

Fate’s Summit

Part of a twisting jagged mountain range running to the north, Fate’s Summit holds treacherous cliffs and wide flat breaks, housing various types of trees and undergrowth. Clouds often hang mid rise, obscuring the peaks from those who pass by leaving what lies above a mystery except for those daring enough to make the trek. It is rumored that those who make it to the peaks are led by fate and may experience a life changing event.

Highvalley Hollow

Nestled between the mountains is a hollow that from the inside, looks perfectly protected by the towering heights surrounding it. The lowest point of the mountains is a hollow little valley. Wildflowers color the place in the Spring and the Summer, but in the Winter the Hollow is colorless. There used to be trees here, but rockslides have caused all but a few to fall. The outer corners of the Hollow are easy obstacle courses to navigate; rare flowers find their home here, making any obstacle worth it when they are in bloom.

Ichorwood

Tucked between the Stone Mountains and the Sea on the western shore of the Mountains is a forest unlike many other. Locked in what seems like a permanent autumn, the trees here are forever a deep crimson red. This red wash over the world leaves any passerby with an uneasy feeling as if for some reason nature is not the true reason for the red leaves. Some claim that any that enter Ichorwood are lost to it and after they succumb, the trees themselves grow ever brighter with that sickly hue. Do you dare enter to find the truth?

Leviathan's Sepulcher (discovering)

Rising from the black torrent like the knuckles of some gargantuan god, the rocks stand jagged in the spray. Be it the segmented body of a serpentine stone demon or the fingers of a drowned creator, the serrated crags cut a unique horizon line in an unfriendly bay.

Northfall (discovering)

Northfall is the eastern half of a northern coastal mountain chain, divided by a defined great valley and swollen river. Frosted by snow year round, the mountains are bitter cold in the winter and pleasantly mild in the summer. With the sea winds from the south and the tundra to the north, the land is typically never without a good breeze. From the south the mountains plummet unto rocky and dark beaches to meet the choppy and icy ocean waters of the gulf. Any adventurers coming from the east or north will be met with the only bit of forestry for miles in the barren tundra. While the upper elevations are mostly snow, ice and rock, the lower reaches from the north and east are dotted with various evergreens and at the foothills supports a lush coniferous forest. Mountain goats and sheep are common in these mountains and in the forest below, caribou herds and moose graze.

Ripperwood (discovering)

A standard foothill-riparian forest on first glance, the forest's name comes from mispronunciation of the Latin word ripa, meaning riverbank. The name takes on an unintentional second meaning as one travels through the riparian forest; all of the trees here, regardless of lineage or age, produce sap that is blood-red in hue, giving the forest the appearance of a creature ripped open.

Rippling Heights

A vast land with round, moss-covered, stones speckling the hills. Low growing shrubs, thorns, and vines blanket the ground. Pikas are found in abundance here. In the spring, light blue flowers blossom in small batches all around which are a favorite treat to local Pika.

Sourwood Foothills (discovering)

Located in the shadow of Stone Mountain, the Sourwood Foothills are named for the expansive groves of the trees from which it gets its name. Defined by its gently rolling hills which slowly give way to the steeper and rockier footholds of true mountains this is a gentle and beautiful expanse of forested land made up of shallow valleys and hills that gradually climb in elevation the nearer they come to the high peaks to the west. Seasons bring diverse and dramatic change, thanks to the Sourwood trees that dominate most of the area. In the spring the hills are filled with the sweet scent of the bell like white blooms that make the slender branches of the trees hang heavy, summer brings vibrant green leaves, and in autumn the leaves shift to brilliant reds, golds, oranges, and purples until they drop baring the delicate branches of the trees to the stark winter sky.

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain is a squat, lowly mountain that is not at all impressive by means of its altitude. Contrary to its name, the place is more than simply stones; it is a place rife with greenery of nearly every sort. Forgiving toward every level of climber, Stone Mountain is a gentle place with a variety of wild fauna. Predators seem to know this, though, and so it is not at all uncommon to see that sort lurk here too.

The Nameless Mountain

Rising sharply into strange, jagged spires from the bay below, The Nameless Mountain is a labyrinthian place of twisting trails among stones that only seems impassable and inhospitable at first glance. Thick coniferous forests rise along its lower reaches, which are every bit as broad as they are tall, and the pathways leading up the mountainside are treacherous for the inexperienced climber. No one truly knows what lies at the summit that is eternally shrouded in snow and clouds, but for the fortunate and bold who manage the climb, word has it that they are awarded views like no other.

Ullarcraig Run (discovering)

Towards the base of the mountain, a lush and lively forest awaits. While prey can be found all along the mountain range, Ullarcraig Run is perhaps a hunter’s paradise. Mountain goats, deer, rabbits and sheep are commonly found grazing along the grassy slopes and the river provides various types of freshwater fish. With berry bushes and birds also dotting this grove, one can truly find almost any kind of meal here.

Wallcreeper Keep (discovering)

Far above the tree line, a treacherous, narrow trail leads steeply upwards to the remains of an old monastery complex perched unassumingly at the crest of a south-facing peak, slowly eroding and being reclaimed by the mountain. Crumbling rock cairns, hewn caves, and chambers with faded frescoes are nestled throughout, and threadbare prayer flags flutter in the omnipresent wind. The plaintive cries of alpine choughs and the tinkle of unseen chimes echo through the thin air, snow leopards roam the ragged slopes, and the land’s colourful namesake birds flit up and down the vertical cliff faces like giant butterflies. An aura of peace and reflection is pervasive, and the view is breathtaking in every sense of the word - at this elevation, the risk of altitude sickness is high for the hasty and unacclimatized.

Whisper Key (discovering)

Where the mountains meet the sea, this stretch of cliffs drop drastically off into the water, only sloping downward at Whisper Key. Here, a secluded stretch of white beach is surrounded by cliffs on three sides and ocean on the fourth, creating a space that feels private despite its existence in nature. The one way in is through the path in the cliffs that slopes downward at the center. Meanwhile, on the higher ground various trees and shrubbery flourish, though do not stretch far enough inward to block the sands from a view of the vast sky above.

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