This was an interesting one to work out. I had already dedicated an earlier entry to a region existing primarily of forest with a tremendous biodiversity, so I had to look out if I did not want the Great Forest and the Skink Forests to be too similar. With the former being more of a mixed temperate forest and the latter pretty much a collection of jungles, though, that turned out not to be overly difficult. What was tough was finding variations of words like ‘various’ and ‘numerous’ to describe the incredible biodiversity, which may make the flora and fauna part a bit repetitive at times. I’m certainly no David Attenborough, but I think I’ve succeeded well enough in bringing the Skink Forests to life, if only on paper. While currently not the most, original of jungles, that will certainly be remedied as they are expanded upon in future phases of Project Realm.
Sculpting the World
3.2. Skink Forests
Landscape: Spanning over 800 km from the Northern to the Mid-Eastern coast of the island and nearly 450 km from the Eastern coast to the Pantathiën Lowlands to its West, this region consists primarily of a number of dense rainforests so closely connected they almost appear to be one massive forest. Small streams can be found across the forests and it is there where one can find roaming communities of nomadic Skink, sapient anthropomorphic lizards who stand stand at only meter in height, but are still rather ferocious. The forests’ many trees house small clusters of huts where settled Skinks make their home.
Climate: The Skink Forests’ dominant climate is tropical. Throughout the year it has high temperatures and high humidity during the day, although it is slightly cooler in the coastal areas. During the night the temperatures drop only slightly, while the humidity remains mostly the same. Days when rain doesn’t fall in these forests are extremely rare.
Flora and Fauna: Competing with most Northern island’s Great Forest for the most fertile place in the entire Realm, the Skink Forests are teeming with life. Countless kinds of trees cover most of the region, containing a multitude of plants, among them various flowers and vines, many kinds of fruits and nuts and fungi across multiple levels of the forest. The forest floor is covered in many forms of large bushes, mosses and fungi., that, combined with the trees’ large roots and long vines, make it tremendously treacherous and difficult to penetrate and traverse, something the forests’ predators are well aware of.
In addition to the plants, the forests are home to a massive variety of animals. Various species of bats and birds, including birds-of-paradise and parrots, are found among the canopy, feeding on aerial insects, fruits and nuts. Lower down the trees mammals, mostly small monkeys and predatory cats, as well as non-sapient reptiles, primarily a variety of snakes and lizards, live. The bottom layer of the forest houses mammals such as wild pigs and small deer and a multitude of insects and worms, both on and in the ground. In and around the streams a great many kinds of frogs, most of them poisonous, and freshwater fish make their home.