Project Realm. Sculpting the World, Part 26

This turned out longer than expected, especially for something that has so few distinctive markers on the map as of yet. Or maybe it’s because of that. I had hardly anything to work with so I had to work extra hard to think up what Haven is actually like and a lot came out in the process. Whatever the reason, I’ve realized more actively than before that the maps – especially those of the South – are really in need of an update. That is something for the future, though. For now let’s continue sculpting. ^_^


Sculpting the World

5.1. Haven
Map of the Realm (Colonies of Men-Haven Highlighted)
Landscape:
Extending nearly 700 km from East to West and over 1,000 km from North to South, Haven was the first of the three islands in the region to be colonized and currently the most densely populated one. Much of the Northern part of the island – the North-West in particular – consists vast outstretched flat grassland. As the land is the most fertile and habitable many of the small cities, going in a trail from the Northern to the Southern haven, are located here. Many of the cities are surrounded by farmlands and pastures. More to the East the island is less densely inhabited. Here it becomes more hilly and eventually, close to the Southern coast, mountainous. A mountain range runs along the Eastern coast and splits in two about 200 km from the Southernmost coast. From there one part goes further along the Western coast, continuing into a high cliffside at the South-Easternmost point. The other part bends Westward, creating a coastal valley where most Southern of the cities of Men and their military training camps lie. The Southern haven forms the only land entrance into this valley. Forests are mostly present in the North where the colonization is less prominent. Small remnants of once larger forests can be found across the island, but in most places they have made way for the colonial cities.

Climate: With its dry summer oceanic climate Haven has clearly distinctive seasons. The summers are warm and dry while the winters are cold and wet. Precipitation comes in regular but not tremendously common rainfall all year through and during the more cold winters snowfall can be witnessed. Throughout the year both temperatures and precipitation rarely reach extremes, but when they do, however, they can make living difficult and hazardous for the colonists. The most common results of this are drought and fires during the summers and flooding, snowstorms and freezing during the winters.

Flora & Fauna: Most of Haven’s natural flora can be found in the North, with the grasses there, both short and tall, being the most common. In addition to this there are the oak forests, fairly dense in the Northern parts but more uncommon the further South one goes. Shrubs – some growing fruits and berries – ferns and mosses can be found in all of these. Much of the Plant life on the island is cultivated by the colonists and found in the form of fruit and vegetable crops on their farmlands.

The indigenous animals of the island live both in the forests and the grasslands. The oak forests are inhabited mostly by mammalian species like deer, foxes, boars and mice as well various bird and insect species. Though rarely spotted the island has a small population of brown bears. Some live in the forests, but most have fled the encroaching cities of Men and now inhabit the mountains. The most common wild inhabitant of the grassland are wild horses. As with plant life the colonists of Haven have a strong influence on the animals living there. In addition to indigenous horses they tamed they have also brought with them animals from home. These include cattle and livestock, like pigs, cows and chickens as well as pets like dogs and cats.

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Ever since a group of shoes held a birthday party a long, long time ago (though in a galaxy not that far away) a little boy’s appreciation for creation was born. And so, throughout the following years shoes partied, a dinosaur travelled through time, oddly shaped football players went on adventures, a young wanderer became a knight, a comedian rose to godhood, Jedi fought an evil empire, a war between cyborg warlords and human-insect hybrids engulfed the world… The boy had learned how with only words on paper (and from times to time a few pictures) he was able to bring people, places, even entire worlds to life. By now that little boy has reached almost the third decade of his life and his love for telling stories has not ceased. And finally, long after he had planned to, he has decided to share these stories with the world. Whether you are a new or already familiar face: welcome to this little archive of mine! This is a place where I will, finally, actually be sharing my writing with others. It will feature pretty much anything I feel like sharing, both old and new stories, fan-fiction and original content, and probably some non-fiction added in at times. So, if you like reading, writing, stories (or me ^_~), drop by, drop a comment (I can’t promise I’ll get back to you quickly, since I’m horrible at that, but I’ll do my best) and, drop it like it’s hot. … Sorry… ^_^; In any case, I hope you’ll enjoy yourself and I look forward to seeing you around!

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Who? Just your average descendant of two sea-faring peoples, recently graduated anthropology Master and aspiring author with a life-long passion for writing.

What? Uhm, human. I think... Also a bit crazy, but in a good way. I think...

Where? A land under the sea, far, far away. Occasionally with my head in the clouds.

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