Main Page

Children of Fire

The Middle Plains

It is early spring on the Middle Plains and the normally lush and fertile landscape has been devastated by 6 years of hot dry summers and brutal winters. Its once green hills have been reduced to a dusty landscape. With every passing year less and less grows. With the few trees that remain the residents might last through the next winter if they were lucky. The majority of the people that dwell here are farmers or horse breeders, with the occasional Inn keeper and Blacksmith. The greatest horses in the world come from the Middle Plains or at least they used to. But the drought has taken its toll on the horses as well. Many have already left there homes for villages and towns near a river or one of the canals. At least there they would be able to grow something. The plains used to be crossed by thousands of small creeks and rivers all feeding into either the Grand Canal or the Serpent River. Even the waters of the Grand Canal and Serpent River are barely deep enough for ships to pass safely anymore making a trip up of down the river a perilous journey.

Middle_Plains.jpg

The vast majority of buildings in the Middle Plains are either one story sod brick buildings or two story with a sod base and a wooden upper floor with the exception of the town keeps and several old forts along the old Dwarven Road. The town keeps are built of stacked stone pulled from the surrounding fields and hills. But the true forts allong the Dwarven Road, and the road itself, are built of granite brought down the canal. This road, and the rivers it crosses, are the lifeblood of the Middle Plains. Down the road from the north comes iron, silver, gold, gems, and fine stone from the Dwarven mines in the mountians. Up the road comes finished jewelry, copper, tin, grain, spices, ale, and fish stuffed in barrels.
The Middle Plains

The Foot Hills

The Foot Hills have not been as hard hit as the Middle Plains with the current drought as there small rivers are fed by the mountain snows to the north. Its snows year round in the mountains and gets so cold in the winter that steel becomes so brittle it is all but useless. It is in the Foot Hills of these mountains that the greatest concentration of iron, silver, and gold is found as well as many precious gems. Wild game is plentiful in the forests as are the herds of sheep and ducks. Here the growing season is too short for all but the heartiest crops so much of the grain and fruit must be brought up from the south.

foothills.jpg

The dwellings here are mud covered log houses partially dug into the ground with low roofs and large hearths to keep out the cold during the long winters. The town forts are constructed similarly to those on the Old Dwarf road as they were built by the same people. And continue to be build guarding the expanding mines from the goblins and hill giants. Currently there is a tentative peace hard won through many years of struggle. The Dwarves get to keep what mines, forts and settlements that are already established so long as they encroach no further upon the goblins lands.
The Foot Hills

The River Lands

A winding labyrinth of massive canyons deep gulleys and hidden lakes set the River Lands apart from the middle plains. Over years beyond counting the rivers and streams have cut their way deep into the land as they make there way rushing to the sea. The upper River Lands are covered in deep old forests that begin and end suddenly in steep cliffs the drop hundreds of feet to the fertile valley floors. The dwellings here are either built into the side of the cliffs themselves or amongst the trees. The lower River Lands consist of the valley floors are are prone to seasonal flooding. Here small houses stand on stilts while the forts are carved into the cliff faces well above the valley floor to escape the flood waters.

riverlands.jpg

The people here cut lumber and build ships or hunt and fish, with a large number of rice farms located on the valley floor. There are always two parts of any settlement worth going to. Upper town and Lower town, in order to travel between the two in smaller towns there are wooden stairs or paths winding up the cliff face. While in the larger towns there are great winches that haul people, animals, and cargo up and down. Many of these towns also boast some of the fastest and steepest log runs bringing fresh cut timber down from the heights to the lumber mills below.
The River Lands

Character Info

Main Page

Children of Fire nic_emricson nic_emricson