Most settlements in the Rvyndyr Woodland have been nature lovers and worshippers. While not as rich and grand as other forests, the woodland was still a beautiful place of nature. From the brown dirt on the ground to the tops of the lush green foliage on the trees, there was beauty to be appreciated. These zu’aan loved the woodland and most were willing to spill much blood to protect it and the life within. Many tales of savage tribes living in the trees of Rvyndry have spread throughout history. Rumors of fanatical nature worships who sacrificed zu’aan to nature gods, or bathed in their blood in rituals to appeal to the gods. Of course, some of these rumors were greatly exaggerated. But the one about them violently protecting the woodland from harm was true.
The zu’aan of what is now Isale City came to the woodland to find a home that they could truly thrive in and appreciate. As they fled from the kin’toni hordes, they felt drawn to the woodland. On their journey, they had developed a love for nature. They were thankful for any of the food and water that they received from it. They were thankful when they were able to find shelter to protect them from the weather and the kin’toni. They were thankful when it rained and washed away their troubles and quenched their thirst, and when the sun came out and warmed their faces as it chased away the chill. They were even thankful for the cold wind that made them tremble. It meant that they were alive and well.
Everything they received from nature was a blessing they were thankful to have. So, when they stumbled upon Rvyndyr Woodland, they were extremely thankful. This seemed to be a place full of nature, one that they could settle into without having to change their beliefs. Luckily for them, at the time they arrived, there were nothing but a few scattered zu’aan. Most of the zu’aan that had been inhabiting the woodland had been either killed or run off by the kin’toni. There were only a few here and there that had hidden instead of fighting. These zu’aan were easily assimilated into the new settlement. But settling was not without its problems. They wanted to build their city in a way that would not harm the environment too much.
They couldn’t build a normal city of high stone walls and they wanted to have more than tents. It took a few years for them to decide to place their city in the southwest portion of the region as this area had a wider space between the trees. By placing it there, they were able to take care of securing their water source as it was close to the river. And this handled the second problem of securing food. This area drew a lot of animal life and supported a lot of plant life. They looked at the killing and consuming of animals as a gift from nature. They never killed more than needed and they always thanked nature for allowing them to eat.
The Rvyndyr Woodland is a region of tree covered land, or a low-density forest that spans nearly 4,700 square kilometers and has thick and thin trees that stretch up over two hundred feet. The trees spread far enough apart to allow plenty of sunlight and a limited amount of shade through the open canopy. Navigating through the region can be difficult and taxing. The terrain is rough, and full of dirt, exposed tree roots, open grassy spaces, rocks, and plant life. There are steep inclines and giant hills scattered around the entire woodland but are more concentrated towards the northern part of the region as this area is where the woodland is starting to transition into a mountain region.
There is less dirt and plant life as more rocks start to appear in this area. There are many areas of the woodland that are untouched by zu’aan as they are closed off and inaccessible. This is due to the incline being too steep and rough to travel through, or giant, slippery rocks blocking the way. In the woodland, the climate depends on the season. The summers are hot, arid, with mostly clear skies. While the winters are short, cold, wet, and have partly cloudy skies. Summers can easily reach temperatures of a hundred degrees during the day and the upper eighties at night. Winters can drop to the upper forties during the day and lower thirties at night. There are occasional days where the temperature can drop even lower, but that doesn’t happen often.
Rainfall is a common occurrence throughout the year, with the occasional snow that is more likely to happen in the winter. Even though the soil might not be as fertile as some other places, it is nutrient rich enough to support and produce a wide assortment of mainly trees, wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and mosses, even though the soil isn’t as fertile as some places. The trees are able to grow tall and thick. Insects, reptiles, small mammals, and birds make up most of the animal population. There is a healthy balance of herbivores and carnivores in the animal population. While there are a few animals towards the north, mainly birds, the majority of animals inhabit the southern and eastern part of the region.
This is where the biggest water source is located. There are a few creeks scattered here and there, but the river is the most viable source. Isale City is built in the southwest of the region. The more docile animals inhabit this area, there is a large river running through the south of the region, and more plant life grows in this area due to there being less rocks. The southwest is where the woodland is starting to transition into a true forest; one with dense trees and even more fertile soil. Isale City is a city of a smaller size, barely spanning six square kilometers. The zu’aan aren’t a large group and they didn’t want to disturb nature more than they had to.
Plant life in Rvyndyr Woodland is mainly made up of species of tree, wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and moss. The soil isn’t as fertile as some other forms of forest, but it is still able to support a wide range of plants. Ivasse are a species of tree that stretches nearly a hundred feet. It has a very thick, straight trunk covered in thick, silky, brown and grey bark, with the inside wood being a light brown color. It has a tangled mess of branches that are very short and thick, with hundreds of twigs covered with small bunches of large, pale green, paired leaves with silver tips. The roots of this tree are shallow and grow straight down, allowing the tree to be sturdy and rigid.
The trees are spaced far apart, with grassy ground between them. They grow through the entire woodland. It has a soft bark that can easily be broken or cut off. The bark and the leaves are edible, though they have a bland taste to them. There are no medicinal benefits from eating the bark and leaves. The tree becomes bare in the winter. Corpolla is a species of shrubbery. This shrub can grow up to five feet tall. It has numerous sturdy, wavy stems covered in thin, ridged, white bark, with the wood inside being a pale red color. The branches are very short, thin and wispy with hundreds of twigs that are covered with a large amount of large, nine pointed, leaves with toothed edges. The leaves themselves are dark green with a red line running down the middle, leading to red tips.
In early summer, it produces handfuls of small, white blossoms with stiff, pointed petals. In the winter, it produces dozens of small, tube shaped fruits that are about half a foot long. They have smooth, thick green skin and white, juicy, crunchy flesh. This fruit is extremely sweet and gives off a citrusy scent. The skin is inedible and has to be peeled off. The stems of this shrub can be eaten raw to ease an upset stomach. They have a slightly sweet, slightly salty taste to them when eaten raw. When cooked, the sweet taste becomes more potent. Somamire is an average-sized flower that grows up to one and a half feet tall. Its dark green stem is thin, and the giant, lush, dark red leaves are long, and tapering with jagged edges.
Many leaves grow along the entire length of the stem, kind of right on top of each other. Each stem splits around six to ten times with a single small flower growing at the end of each split. The flowers are wide, with two layers of petals. There are purple petals on the lower layer and red petals decorated with black dots on the inner layer. The flower head is shaped like a cube made up of many raised, round-tipped petals. Somamire grows year round. The petals can be eaten, but have no medicinal benefits. They have a slightly salty taste to them.
Insects, reptiles, small mammals, and birds make up the majority of animal life in Rvyndyr Woodland. Most of the animals are docile in nature, with a few aggressive species mixed in here and there. Hicgaur are a species of arachnid native to Rvyndyr. They have rounded, oval shaped bodies and a set of ten, thin legs, three on each side, two close to the head, and two at the end of their bodies. The two at their heads and the two at the end of their bodies are the longest. From the top of their two top legs to the bottom of the end legs, they have a length of nearly six inches. They have mostly smooth skin that comes in varying colors of yellow, orange, and red. Red means that they are extremely dangerous and highly venomous.
Yellow is a sign of caution. They are dangerous, but not completely fatal. Their venom will cause temporary paralysis, but will eventually leave the system on its own. The orange ones are not dangerous at all, nor do they have venom. These are the more docile of the three. As they do not have venom, they have developed little stinging hairs all over their body. Their diets consist of small insects. They usually live in trees and shrubs. Vuron are a breed of large bird. They stand at a height of nearly five feet and have a wingspan of nearly six feet across. Their beaks are nearly six inches long and curve downward at the tip. Their thin feathers are long, wispy, and a mix of black and white.
Their eyes are red with pointed, cross shaped, black pupils. They have a tiny, slightly upward curved, silver horn on their foreheads. They live all over the woodland, but are mostly concentrated towards the northern part of the region. They make their nest as high up as they can go. They have a diet consisting of birds and small mammals. Vuron mate for life. When one mate dies, the other is not far behind. Females can lay up to four eggs after a successful mating. Their young are taught to fly fairly early, as soon as the feathers form. When it’s time for them to learn how to fly, their mother will push them out of the nest, as most birds do. The ones that die in the fall, are usually eaten by their siblings.
Kasron are a breed of small, four limbed mammal. They often stay on their hind legs. They can stretch up to almost a foot in height. With their bushy set of two tails, they grow to a length of two feet. Their fur is short, soft, and a dark red. Their eyes are purple with rounded black pupils. They have three sharply clawed fingers that allow them to climb and pierce flesh. They are omnivorous with a diet consisting of fruits and insects. They will occasionally go after animals smaller than them. They live in holes that they’ve made inside of trees. Females spend around a month, after mating, inside the hole as she prepares to give birth. The can give birth to up to three young.