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There is always a certain danger that comes with living near volcanoes, and Gryvraon Volcano is no different. Violent eruptions, incinerating magma, flying rocks of fire, and tsunamis off the coast are constant worries for the zu’aan who wished to carve out a home here. Countless zu’aan have settled here in search of its fertile soil, but this was not a place to fight over. Even with the fertile soil, this was a place of danger. And while many have come and gone on their own terms, countless have been driven away or killed due to the power of the volcano. Some were lucky to live out their entire lives without experiencing an eruption that incinerated everything in its path.
Others were not so lucky. Many have been buried beneath the hot magma, screaming as they were burned alive. From the moment the zu’aan of what is now Shakelia City stepped foot here, they’ve worried about when the next eruption would take place. While this thought is enough to keep most away, these zu’aan had no choice but to step forward. They would prefer to worry about something that may never come in their lifetime than to have to keep running and hiding from the kin’toni. In times of relative peace, it was easier to weigh the pros and cons of living so close to active volcanoes. But in times of war and chaos, especially during what was experienced with the emergence of the kin’toni, no such debate could ever outweigh the need to hide away from the mutated monsters.
The cons didn’t matter to them. The zu’aan fled to Gryvraon, trying their best to escape the hordes. Adapting to a volcanic environment was not easy. It was a new terrain that was rough and hot. Winters were short and summers were extremely hot. Plants and animals of all kinds of species were all over the place. Luckily, these zu’aan were a part of the lucky ones as they have yet to experience an eruption. That fear is a constant part of their psyche though. There is also a respect for the power of the volcano as well. This is a place that can change the very structure of the land they walk on. It can both destroy and create, take life and nurture it right back.
They set up their city within the forest, but still close enough to the volcano to not strain in accessing the plant life. This was a strategic move that would allow them a clear view of the volcano. With a clear view, they would be able to escape more efficiently should it ever erupt, along with having enough time for them to gather their most treasured things. Through the edge of the forest, high in the trees, are small lookouts. The zu’aan take shifts to watch the volcano so that they may alert the rest of an incoming eruption. They’ve yet to have to use this system.
The Gryvraon Volcano is an active volcano. It occupies a large space of nearly 5,000 square kilometers and stretches upwards almost 4,000 feet. This particular volcano sits in the northwest portion of the country, about two hundred miles from the coast. The terrain of this volcano is rough and can be difficult to navigate. There are openings spread around the base of the volcano that reveal pools of moving lava. These areas glow a bright red-orange color at night. Cooled and hardened magma has a flowing, organic look to it. It has a dark, grayish purple hue to it that appears black at night. Hot steam rises up from vents, hot enough to burn skin. It has a steep slope
As this is a volcano with high volcanic activity, it produces incredibly fertile soil. Various plant life grows on the volcano and around it, attracting a multitude of animals as well. While the soil is fertile, it can take years after an eruption for it to get that way. Animal life takes a while to reestablish itself as well. The eruptions don’t just affect the life immediately around it, it can also spread for thousands of miles. A tsunami off the coast is one of the more common effects of one of its more violent eruptions. Ash, dust, cinders, and large, hot fragments explode out of the volcano’s opening, raining down onto the world below. The dust is fine in size, along with the gritty ash.
Cinders can easily be up to three inches in size. Fragments bigger than cinders can be thrown several miles from the vent they came from, causing severe damage as gravity pulls it down. Some are hard, making big impacts, while others are soft. The flow of magma can easily reach up to over one hundred miles per hour, incinerating and sweeping away everything in its path The usual climate around the volcano is relatively moderate outside of summer. Temperatures usually stay between sixty to seventy degrees both during the day and night. During winters it can drop to fifty degrees, dropping even lower the closer it gets towards the peak. With the peak of this volcano sitting so high up, winter can actually bring about snow that sticks and piles up.
Summers are extremely hot, especially on days with clear skies where there are no clouds to block out the sun. Temperatures can easily spike up to and over one hundred degrees. Even with clouds covering the sun, it doesn’t get lower than eighty. Due to ash particles being thrown up into the air and attracting water droplets, rain occurs often. Thanks to the ash and dust clouds that form over the volcano, many areas surrounding it are cool as they can block out the sun. These clouds are the only thing that create shade directly around the volcano. The surrounding forest is about forty some miles from the base of the volcano and spans nearly two hundred square kilometers. Some of its largest trees stretch up several hundred feet.
Volcanoes are actually great places for fertile soil, which in turn supports a lot of plant life. Years after an eruption, the damaged soil has been given time to soak in nutrients, turning it extremely fertile. Ignias, one of the most well known of this area, are native to Gryvraon and can only be found on the volcano itself. It has bicolored, rounded petals that fade from an orange center to a bright red edge. They have a dense spike inflorescence with a hanging, pendant habit. Several flowers can grow from one seed, hanging from one stem. Its thick thorns are said to feel like a burn when pricked with them. During the winter, these flowers burn as they die.
Within the ashes are seeds that spread in the winter wind to spread growth. When the volcano heats up during the summer, the seeds blossom. These are one of the first flowers to bloom after an eruption. Their bright color is almost like a signal that the soil is fertile and ready to nurture life. They grow in large numbers. Its stem has no uses, but the flower itself can be used in a variety of ways. The petals can be steeped to make a spiced tea or crushed to make a spice seasoning. The spiced tea can help with sore throats, clear stuffy noses, and ease muscle pains. These flowers give off a spicy, but still floral scent.. Shamire are red flowers that grow in clustered bunches around the base of the volcano.
Due to their fire-like appearance, they’re nicknamed fiery blooms. Their red, orange, and yellow colored spike like petals flare upward and billow, reminiscent of fire. Its bright and fiery appearance helps keep most predators away, save for krinoc whose long hair obscures most of their already poor vision. Their stems are short and thick, so they’re less than a foot high. They bloom year round and have a small population. Their petals can be crushed and mixed to use as dye. They can also be eaten right off of the stem, helping to relieve stomach aches. They’re said to have a smoky taste to them. Like their appearance, these flowers give off a fiery, burning scent.
Welas is a peculiar flower that grows just at the edge of the forest. Some call these flowers sundrops due to their golden color and bulb shape they take on before blooming. Welas only blooms during the winter. Its petals open into a stellate shape when in full bloom, exposing a white center with small stems that have small spheres on top of them. These stems have stinging hairs that burn when touched as a defense mechanism. The flower sits on a cluster of thick green leaves. There is a thick gel inside that can be rubbed on skin to help keep skin cool during the summer. The petals themselves have no uses other than being crushed and used as dye. They do release a pleasant scent that is said to help calm the mind and relax.
With the fertile soil bringing forth an abundance of plant life, a variety of animals have made their homes here as well. It is home to a large variety of bird and mammal species. Schora are a large sized breed of bird that inhabits areas with volcanoes. Their bright red feathers have hard, rock-like scales at their tops where they are connected to their bodies. This, along with the coarse texture of their feathers act like armor, allowing them to be able to handle the heat from the volcanoes. Adult schora have a wingspan of nearly twelve feet across and stands nearly five feet tall. Their black beaks curve towards the end, blending into a dark red at the tip.
Schora make their nests on volcanoes that they vacate before eruptions happen.
They are actually able to feel the vibrations and rising heat of pending eruptions. Once the volcano has settled down and the magma has cooled, they return and rebuild their nests. Their diets are completely carnivorous and mainly consists of large mammals and other birds. They will stalk their prey from the sky before quickly diving down. They have also been known to attack their own kind over prey. Their population is small due to a good amount of their young dying before reaching maturity. Schora aren’t known for being affectionate to their young and will often abandon them if they are weak. Irsin are a breed of armored, scaled amphibian that live within closed off vents.
While these vents are closed, and no longer spew lava, they do still release high amounts of heat and steam. Their scales are hard and able to protect them from the heat of the vents, absorbing it instead to keep them warm. Including their tail, they grow to a length of nearly three feet and have a shoulder height of about half a foot. Their orange eyes protrude from the sides of their round heads. Female isin lay up to ten eggs during the winter. The eggs absorb the heat from the vents to stay warm and hatch in the summer. Their diet is a mix of insects and flowers that grow on the sides of the volcano. Krinoc is one of the largest mammals that live around the volcano.
They mainly inhabit the forest, but can be seen often grazing on the plant life around the base of the volcano. They walk on four legs and have short, stubby tails. They can grow to weigh almost three hundred pounds and stand at a shoulder height of nearly six feet. Their black fur is long and hangs down their bodies, nearly touching the ground. It even hangs in their narrow faces, nearly blocking their vision. Though they are large, they are extremely docile and quite easy to startle. They are herbivores that have a particular liking for the fiery plants that grow on the side of the volcano, the shamire flower to be precise. They are one of the few mammals here that do not hibernate.