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    COTY

    Jamie -- Year 213

    QOTY

    “"I don’t know how to do this,” she says. What she actually means is I’m sorry, but she doesn’t know how to apologize either." --Titanya, written by Mirage


    Flora and Fauna Guide

    Field

    Climate

    Precipitation arrives in late summer, early spring. During severe drought wildfires may be common. Temperature ranges wildly to reflect seasonal changes, with summer heat rising well over 38C or 100F, while winter can get as low as -40C or -40F.

    Landscape

    Large, open field with lush grasses. Near the middle of the field, a small waterfall cascades down a cliffside and into a large lake below. Worn-down grasses form paths that lead in every direction to the different lands of Beqanna.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Wild oats, rabbit grass, and stunted trees.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Assorted songbirds, jackalope, ring-tailed foxes, and musical insects.

    Mythical Fauna

    House-cat sized leopards, fireflies (literal glowing balls of fire), and lake fish who seem to grow multiple heads as they age.

    Meadow

    Climate

    Precipitation arrives in late summer, early spring. During severe drought wildfires may be common. Temperature ranges wildly to reflect seasonal changes, with summer heat rising well over 38C or 100F, while winter can get as low as -40C or -40F.

    Landscape

    Ever-green, broad plain with tall grasses that often reach past the average horse’s belly in height. Several creeks criss-cross the lush meadow, fed by the melted snow of the northern mountains.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Goldenrod, clover, wild indigo and long-stem grasses. A few cottonwood and willow trees grow near water sources.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Quails, skunks, and coyotes. Jack rabbits and prairie dogs, beetles and grasshoppers are plentiful. Large array of blackbirds, meadowlarks, and red-tailed hawks.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Forest

    Climate

    It is always slightly colder here than the Meadow and the Field. However, the further you go into the trees, the colder it gets. Even in the heart of summer, one might freeze to death before they made it to the center of the forest.

    Landscape

    Dense, thick forest that gets progressively more ominous the deeper you go. In the heart of the forest is a dark place; sunlight hardly ever reaches the ground. There is something far more frightening than a bear or moose bull in the darkest reaches of the forest and many horses that come this far have nightmares for weeks afterward.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    A variety of trees: spruce, elm, birch, and poplar.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    At the edges, deer and foxes are common sightings, hedgehogs shuffle through the leaf litter. Elk and moose pass through the established woods, wolves and cougars are not unheard of. Maybe the occasional black bear.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    River

    Climate

    Precipitation arrives in late summer, early spring. Temperature ranges to reflect seasonal changes, with summers being muggy and high 90s and winters bringing heavy snowfall and temperatures well below freezing.

    Landscape

    A deep, rapid-filled river surrounded by grasses and small groups of trees.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    The largest tree is a gigantic oak nearly thirty feet wide. Deciduous, turkey oak, common maple, sycamore and river birch trees line the river.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    White-tail deer, fox and hare can be found in abundance. The treetops are home to smaller nesting owls and songbirds: screech owls, cardinals and blue jay, mockingbirds. Common gray squirrels and non-venomous snakes such as corn snakes, garter snakes. Salmon run up the river in fall, trout and pike can be found in the water year round. Blue and green herons nest along the banks in quiet stretches as well as egret and assorted ducks.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Playground

    Climate

    Precipitation arrives in late summer, early spring. Temperature ranges wildly to reflect seasonal changes, but it is never too hot or too cold for the children here to be comfortable.

    Landscape

    A small field dotted with ancient trees. Several fallen logs, thickets, and shallow ponds provide endless entertainment for the little ones.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Several variants of cypress trees, thickets, and thorny briar patches.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Large animals steer clear of the Playground; instead, it is mostly populated by rabbits, birds, smaller reptiles and insects.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Adoption Den

    Climate

    Precipitation arrives in late summer, early spring. Temperature ranges wildly to reflect seasonal changes, but it is never too hot or too cold for the children here to be comfortable.

    Landscape

    A thin, shallow river filled with cobblestones runs through a rocky forest. There are several fairy-built dens beneath rock ledges for abandoned children to escape the elements.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    River birch and weeping willows grow along the river.

    Mythical Flora

    Softly glowing "nightlight" mosses, fairy-chime flowers that ring quietly in the breeze.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Nursemaid elk, small goats to play with, hares, and fluffy bunny rabbits.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Mountain

    Climate

    Almost always winter conditions, due to the height of the mountain. Prone to extreme winter winds, ice, and snow as you near the peak. Some seasonal changes nearer the base.

    Landscape

    Just a big ole mountain.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Coniferous trees and hardy mosses and bushes abundant nearer to the base. Only the hardest of tundra type plants as you ascend.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Mountain goats, some bands of caribou and elk roam seasonally. Snowy owls with contrasting feathers of orange or red rather than black are not common, nor are the blue-violet lemmings and furred lizards on which they feast.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Icicle Isle

    Climate

    Arctic temperatures that range from -20C (-4F) to 10C (50F). High humidity and quick winds makes temperatures feel colder.

    Landscape

    The entire land is tundra-like, and the northernmost half is covered year round in snow and ice. Every night, northern lights appear. Since the burning of Icicle Isle, the ground is exposed as mostly granite, obsidian, and some onyx, covered in soot and ash and the occasional leftover ice patch. The combining of extreme temperatures caused some of the rock to crack, leaving long but narrow crevices (a horse can easily step over them, but don’t catch your hoof in one). Some of these hold a little surprise - steam can rise from them slowly, either hot or cold, and geysers have been formed as well that force their water out occasionally.
    On the northern half of the isle, there is still a mysteriously calm-looking heart shaped lake, with a tree that’s continuously on fire. The flames are blue and give off a weird magical glow, but so far it doesn’t seem to really do anything else but burn.
    The southern beach has been burned the most, leaving it covered in small reflective pebbles of molten sand (glass). They have different colours and can be very sharp, especially when broken. Mixed with some soot, the black ones are hardly distinguishable from onyx and obsidian shards, which also naturally occur on the Isle.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Lichen, pasque flowers, bearberries, arctic willows, arctic poppy, Icelandic moss. Lots of moss and lots of sturdy tundra grass in general.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Arctic foxes, hares, lemmings, elk, moose, and caribou. Polar bears are more rare yet not unknown. Whales, narwhals, and seals are common off the shores in the cold water. Puffins and several species of penguin have been seen.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Nerine

    Climate

    Highland moors. Misty and relatively cold year round, and it rains easily but only for short periods in the spring and summer. Winter and autumn rains can last for days.

    Landscape

    Boggy moors, caves, some interconnected underwater moorish scrub over rocky, gently sloping terrain.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Predominantly heather, common cotton grass and wavy hair grass. In the summer cranberry, crowberry and sundew could bloom. Farther north cedar trees grow, several variations of fir as well.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Red grouse, mice, voles, short-eared owl, snipe, and skylarks. Reptiles are few due to the cooler conditions. Along the coast barnacles are plentiful, as well as clam and dog whelks, periwinkles, limpets, topshells, mussels. Kelp forests along the shoreline.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Taiga

    Climate

    Sea climate - gets up to 20-25 Celsius in summer, often does not reach truly freezing temperatures in winter, though it can and will sometimes freeze; usually no snow, but misty drizzle, true rain, or hail during winter.

    Landscape

    Foggy, ancient redwoods. The land rises higher in elevation the farther north one goes in the territory. The northern-most beach of Taiga is made of rough granite boulders, fitting with the border they share with Nerine. The eastern shoreline is also grey, but the rocks have been pounded into fine silvery sand. Most of the mature redwood trees are 50 to 75 feet wide in diameter, but some are twice that. There are a handful of small meadows in Taiga, most often made by a redwood falling and taking out its neighbors. The largest meadow is in the northern part of the territory, where a rocky granite outcropping in the center makes it an ideal place for large gatherings and meetings.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Massive redwood trees, large ferns

    Mythical Flora

    Crystal Flowers - Flowers that bloom from crystals, which need special attention to grow and flourish. They chime when healthy and drink starlight.

    Silvergreens - Evergreens that grow silver bark and have needles varying in color. Sporadically found throughout Taiga.

    Giant Mushrooms - Mushrooms that can grow to tower over horses, but none as tall as the redwoods. Rare species may give off bioluminescent light. Be careful though, as some are poisonous to the touch.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Arctic foxes, hares, lemmings, caribou, elk/moose. Polar bears are rare but sometimes wander into the northern most part of the territory. Whales, narwhals, and seals are common off the shores in the cold water. Several species of penguin have been seen.

    Mythical Fauna

    Needle Mammals - Small northern mammals ranging from squirrels to porcupine, all altered to grow needles, pinecones, bark, and leaves that help them blend into the redwoods.

    Lunaflies - Rare, glowing butterflies that only come out by the light of the moon.

    Glass Frogs - Glass-skinnied amphibians of various species that live in the meadow ponds or by the trickling streams in Taiga. They eat Lunaflies especially.

    Mammoose - A mammoth/moose hybrid creature, dangerous when spooked into a stampede or when disturbed during mating season, but otherwise herbivorous and calm in nature. They feed off evergreens, bark, and Taiga flora.

    Canis Araneae - Wolf/spider hybrids that dig web burrows into the ground, oftentimes underneath the largest, oldest redwoods. They carry their litters on their back and feast off the herbivores of Taiga.

    Loess

    Climate

    Loess is a cold desert type of climate manifested in hot summers and cold winters with a meager amount of rainfall throughout the year. Spring is a mix of wet and warm weather with occasional stormy and sunny days. Summers are hot with an average high temperature of 101°F (38.3°C) in the peak of July, as afternoon thunderstorms are common which frequently lead to flash floods; day highs sometimes touch a blazing 110°F (43.3°C), while nights are comparatively cold. Autumn is usually mild. Winters are cold and damp as the lows regularly drop below freezing in the 20°F (-6.7°C) to 30°F (-1.1°C), while highs are at a mild 55°F (12.8°C) to 60°F (15.6°C). Snowfall accumulates up to 4.2" (106.7mm) during the winter, while the annual precipitation is scanty to the tune of 16.1" (408.9mm) spread throughout the year.

    Landscape

    Mountains, rocky hills and deep canyons, fresh and saltwater springs of varying temperatures. The heart of the land is sandstone cliffs and rock formations carved by centuries of wind and water that slowly fade into softer hills at the edges of the land.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Plants from any type of climate grow here, but most commonly found are low scrub, cacti, and small trees.

    Mythical Flora

    Unnamed plants whose flowers glow in shades of blue during the night and bloom no matter the time of year.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, and opossums. A variety of poisonous snakes thrive in this habitat.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Sylva

    Climate

    Eternally mild, stuck in autumn. Summer temperatures aren’t hot nor does winter truly grasp the landscape, though snow is common enough in winter.

    Landscape

    Dense woods whose leaves are perpetually autumn-colored. Tumbled boulders occur in random placements and a dried out riverbed runs across the northeast corner.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Oaks, maples, beechnut, chestnut, hawthorn, rowan, and ash trees. Clearings are occupied with grasses and patches of wild strawberry and blackberry briars. Wildflowers grow in the warm months where the sun can reach them.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Wolves, black bears, squirrels (grey and red), rabbits, and foxes. Smaller bird species such as robins and thrushes are also common.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Brilliant Pampas

    Climate

    Temperate, four seasons. However, it is known to have unpredictable natural disasters on a semi-regular basis - wildfires, tornados, etc.

    Landscape

    Expansive field, cool and clear stream. Some gently rolling hills but predominantly flat.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Large variety of wildflowers that bloom in 3.5 seasons, leaving out only the deepest parts of winter. Most are edible, though there is a species of red flower known to cause sleep and hallucinations when their pollen is inhaled. A few large trees provide cover from the weather.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Residents share the Pampas with many burrowing mammals (mice, hares, groundhogs, etc.) and ground-nesting birds. Deer are not uncommon, and neither are small predators such as foxes and hawks. Larger predators are less common due to a lack of large game and shelter to hunt from.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Hyaline

    Climate

    The temperature here does not have a wide range - winters are in the mid 20sF and summers in the lower 60sF. Snow is common three-quarters of the year, and the snowmelt from the mountains feeds the River that runs through Beqanna.

    Landscape

    A clear lake surrounded by rugged mountains. Some of the slopes are covered in mixed forests, others are naked stone and shortgrass meadows.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    One large, lone wisteria near the shore of the lake. More wisteria can be found in the forests, particularly the lower ones. Pine and leaf trees are mixed, higher up there’s more pine and lower bushes, until you reach the treeline.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    All fauna is pastel colored. Hares, mountain lions, snow leopards, and lots of crow and raven bird species. Hawks and the occasional eagles.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.

    Silver Cove

    Climate

    Sea climate that is influenced in the south by Pangea’s daytime heat but also frequently receives colder northwestern winds from the cooler Taiga and Hyaline region.

    Landscape

    The cove reflects silver at night and is surrounded by grassy hills and cliffs on one side and black sand beaches on the other.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Low, sturdy bushes, salt-resistant grass, and the famous silver grass. Lots of samphire with a few kelp.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Small mammal species such as mice, hares, and groundhogs are common in the grassland, as are deer and small predators. Amphibians run rampant along the beach and cove.

    Mythical Fauna

    Silver deer species that light up under the moon, just like the grass they eat.

    Pangea

    Climate

    Arid and warm most of the year, light snow in the winter that often doesn’t stick. Very cold at night.

    Landscape

    Yellow, red, and brown canyons make up the bulk of Pangea. Dry and dusty except for a wide, deep river in the middle of the largest valley.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Coyote willow, arrowweed, seep willow, western honey mesquite, catclaw acacia, and saltcedar. One could also find remnants of dead sea plants such as coral, giant kelp, and anemone here.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Ghost fish, coyotes, spiny lizards, rattlesnakes, ring-tailed cats, bighorn sheep, bats, elk with barnacles attached to them, and vultures.

    Mythical Fauna

    Lobsters who have evolved to have lungs, fire-breathing chuckwallas, and mule deer with coral horns.

    Tephra

    Climate

    Tropical climate - generally hot, wet, and humid with frequent summer storms. Temperature has little changes throughout the year and most plant life grows year-round.

    Landscape

    A small volcano and a large spring broke through the earth’s crust together at the center of this land. The resulting steam keeps this place humid and warm all year long, and waters the tropical greenery that grows aplenty between crisscrossing streams of lava.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Orchids, strangler figs, elephant ears, pitcher plants, cotton-silk kapoks, monkey brush vines, passion fruits, banana trees, heliconia flowers, bromeliads, rubber trees, ferns, and mosses.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Toucans, capuchins, sloths, birds of paradise, a rare leopard or two, phoenix hummingbirds who nest in Tephra in the summer (said to be good luck), aye-ayes, anacondas, capybara, macaws, giant otters.

    Mythical Fauna

    Shadow Shrimp - Shrimp in the surrounding ocean that have a black body, purple glow, and beady yellow eyes. They resemble Mantis shrimp, have clubs and/or pinchers, and live in colonies like ants. Highly toxic - eating one can cause up to three days of intense stomach pain or possibly even death.

    Ischia

    Climate

    Ischia is a chain of tropical islands and is warm and humid year round. The temperature varies little throughout the year. Temperatures vary from 75 to 86 °F (24 to 30 °C) and rainfall occurs every few days. Harsh tropical storms occur during the spring, but true hurricanes are rare.

    Landscape

    Low tide at two points during the day reveals a sandbar that can be used to cross from the mainland to the big island. The smaller islands are reachable only by flying or swimming. The big island is stamped by a large waterfall leading into the northernmost lake. Bioluminescent phytoplankton light up the sand at night on every beach.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Edible plants including breadfruit, dragon’s blood, cashews, cinnamon, mangoes, bananas, coconuts, starfruit, passionfruit, pineapple, and papayas. Flowering plants include several varieties of orchid and hibiscus.

    Mythical Flora

    None yet.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Ischia has very few native large animals, but is home to lots of birds, including a few flocks of large semi-intelligent parrots. Tropical primates are also not unusual but large predators and mammals are few and far between. Small predatory creatures can be found, such as fossa, mongoose, boas or pythons, and assorted small lizards like green anoles and crested geckos. Sea life tends to be of the warm-water variety.

    Mythical Fauna

    Beakies - Beakies (singular Beaky) are a species of parrot that appears to be part griffin. These birds have the front half of a parrot and the back half of a lion, are relatively large in size, semi-intelligent, and herbivores. They have a basic grasp of language and may communicate with others of their species and occasionally horses, though they do not typically like horses and may not be friendly.

    Islandres

    Climate

    A temperate climate. It has cool, wet winters (lows in the 40s) and mild, relatively dry summers (highs in the upper 70s).

    Landscape

    Black sand beaches, clear turquoise water, wooden figures on the beach similar to totem poles of the American Pacific Northwest.

    Flora

    Non-mythical Flora

    Hearty bluegrass, palm trees, and date trees. Papyrus grow near the frequent freshwater streams, citrus plants like lemon, lime, and grapefruit are found here.

    Mythical Flora

    Rainbow Trees - Just like the name suggests, these trees have rainbow-colored bark and leaves.

    Color-changing Shrubs - The shrubs and many of the tall grasses change colors randomly.

    Grapple Bushes - These are a main food for herbivores here, with thick lemony leaves and apple-like fruit growing in clusters.

    Fauna

    Non-mythical Fauna

    Mouse deer, wild boar, nile perch, tilapia and the very rare, occasional crocodile or fennec fox. Several lemur species can be found here. All of the native animals are either black, white, or a combination.

    Mythical Fauna

    None yet.