Another region with an ecosystem similar to that of a region on the most Northern island. Thankfully I already had most of the region finished in my mind when I started writing it out today. Furthermore, its two main differences with the Hydra Swamp – the main inhabitants (or lack of Hydras) and the manner in which it came to be (under influence of sapient creatures, rather than through natural causes) – made both writing and distinguishing this not too difficult and simultaneously quite enjoyable. ^_^
Sculpting the World
Landscape: Extending for over 625 km from its Northern borders with the Skink Forests and Pantathiën Lowlands to the Southern coast and for nearly 750 km from the Eastern coast to the Pantathiën Lowlands and Kroxigor Mountains, the Slan Marshes are among the biggest wetlands in the Realm. While at some point in time similar in appearance to the Pantathiën Lowlands, they have been gradually transformed under influence of the Slan, large and highly intelligent anthropomorphic toad mages and the rulers of the cold-blooded peoples. Seeking to make the land more habitable to themselves, the Slan used their magics to turn the former grasslands into the brackish water marshes that still cover the region today. In addition to better habitability and mobility for the Slan, this also resulted in territory that was more difficult to traverse for outsiders and thus more defensible. While Slan live all across the marshes, they have built a mighty stronghold on the Western side of the region, which serves as both the central political and military base of the Lizardfolk.
Climate: The Slan Marshes have a tropical climate and precisely the way the Slan prefer it. Its temperatures are high throughout the year and during both day and night and the humidity levels are without equal on the island. While rainfall does not come as frequently as in the Skink Forests, the difference is fairly small and it still falls in such a way that the water always stands at least several centimeters high.
Flora and Fauna: Life in the Slan Marshes is not as visible as in most other places. The flora mostly consists of low shrubs and sedges as well as several kinds of water flowers, with water lilies being the most common.
Areas across the region borders and those with higher water levels contain small fish and non-sapient frogs and salamanders. Close to the Skink forests, a small population of water foul can be found. Various kinds of insects, including mosquitoes and flies, are found everywhere in the Slan Marshes and are by far the most common animals inhabiting the region. These insects also form the main part of the Slan’s diet.