Vizdrya Land of Lakes has always been a place of beauty that attracted zu’aan. It was a successful tourist attraction that brought in zu’aan from all over the world. During the day, the surface of the water seemed to shimmer like clear gems. Fish of all sizes, colors, and shapes could be seen swimming just a few feet from the surface. At night, the lakes would glow as flowers sitting under the water would come to life. It looked like magic. They couldn’t help but be drawn to a place like this. A city, whose name has been mostly forgotten by the current zu’aan, was abandoned during the breakout. The zu’aan who lived there felt that it wasn’t safe to continue staying there.
They were zu’aan who had never had to struggle or fight for their lives. Most had never picked up a weapon or even knew what one looked like. Vizdrya had brought this city much profit from tourism as zu’aan from all over the world would come to visit the lakes. They would spend a few nights in the city, shopping at the local shops and eating at the local inns. The zu’aan of this city had even gone as far as to spread rumors of the lakes having healing powers. They said that by simply standing next to the water, their ailments would be healed. They were quite happy with their comfortable lives. But when the kin’toni came, they had no choice but to abandon the city that didn’t even have a wall to defend it.
They were definitely not prepared for the chaos that they would encounter. As for the zu’aan who founded Toruv City, they had no such thoughts. This region was able to support, nurture, and house several species of plant life and animal life. It had everything they needed and wanted. And unlike the previous inhabitants, they were willing to put in the work to make the city safe. They had experienced the horrors of the kin’toni and had decided that they would rather die defending their city than keep running and hiding. The forest to the south gave them all the wood they would need to make a wall. They already knew how to fight, how to hunt, and how to kill, so the wall was all they needed to make the perfect home.
Due to the outbreak, the tourists obviously had stopped coming. The pathways that had been roughly etched into the land, due to the non stop influx of zu’aan, was able to repair itself. Plant life claimed those spots once again. The zu’aan of Toruv City cleaned up the items that had been scattered around the lakes by the tourists, since the previous inhabitants couldn’t be bothered to do so. They did this to help preserve the lakes as they were their main source of both food and water. Toruv City spent many years preparing themselves for the kin’toni. Training happened day and night, they were almost obsessed with it.
Vizdrya Land of Lakes is a region spanning roughly 4,987 square kilometers. It houses a collection of five interconnected, freshwater lakes and several smaller lakes scattered around the region. A large river nearly twelve feet across and twenty feet deep is what connects the four smaller lakes to the biggest lake that spans almost 1,500 square kilometers towards the northern part of the region. The river stretches far beyond the southern border of the region by several hundred miles. The four smaller lakes don’t pass more than eight hundred square kilometers. They lead up to the larger lake on alternating sides and sit several miles from each other. The largest lake has a depth of nearly four hundred feet, while the smaller lakes only reach depths of around one hundred feet.
A small, dense forest sits in the southern part of the region, where the river runs through. This forest spans roughly 1,873 square miles with trees stretching up nearly two hundred feet. Coming out of the forest, to the west of the region, lies Toruv City. To the east and a bit further north, beyond the lakes, is mainly open land. The other smaller lakes are scattered around the eastern part of the region. These lakes are landlocked and have high concentrations of salt as they have no rivers that help keep salinity down. There are no fish in these lakes, but they do support different types of algae. They are also relatively small in size, the biggest one not even spanning two hundred square miles.
At night, the five main lakes glow different colors thanks to some of the plant life in the lakes that have bioluminescence. The lake closest to the big one glows purple, the one after on the other side is blue, the next one is yellow, and the one furthest from the lake is orange. These lakes are named after their color to make it simple. The big lake has a mix of all four colors, creating a blend of colors on some areas. The climate in this region changes with the seasons. The temperatures during the summer can rise to the upper seventies during the day and the lower sixties at night. In the winter, they can drop to the upper forties during the day and the lower thirties at night.
While rainfall is a common occurrence, snow is sporadic. The temperature of the water depends on depth. It gets colder the deeper one goes. Temperatures are below zero at the bottom of the biggest lake in the winter and just about zero during the summer. This region supports a wide variety of plant life and animal life, especially those a part of the aquatic species. There are a few land mammals and birds, but most of the animal life is aquatic. Fish have the biggest animal populations in the lakes. Even though the river connects all five lakes, there are some species of fish that can only be found in a specific lake. There are trees and flowers that grow beyond the lake as well.
Vizdrya Land of Lakes supports a wide range of aquatic plant life, with a few land based plants as well. Some of the flowers and algae within the main lakes have bioluminescence that causes the lakes to glow at night. Lhrum is a big flower that grows up to two feet tall. It has a thick, black stem and has large, black asymmetrical leaves with smooth edges that alternate on the stem. The flower is shaped like a star made up of dozens of widely spaced, point-tipped petals. During the day, the plants can’t really be seen since they are a couple feet below the surface of the water and they blend in with the shadows in the lakes. At night, their black petals glow in blue, purple, yellow, and orange.
Lhrum can be found in all five lakes, but the biggest lake has the most. Other than being pretty and glowing, they have no other purpose. They can actually cause hallucinations if ingested. They lose their bioluminescence when they are picked. They also stay in bloom all year round. Adiper is a tall, aquatic plant that grows around the edges of the lakes and the river. It can grow from two to five feet in height. It has tubular shaped, blue, red, and purple flowers that grow in hanging clusters on an erect stalk. Three dozen flower heads can grow on a single stem. There are also several long, green, thick, narrow in width leaves that bend around the top that grow with the flower.
The tips of these leaves are rounded and blue in color. Adiper don't bloom in the winter, even though their roots stretch down far enough to stave off the cold. While they are safe to eat, they have a very bitter taste to them. But, they do have a wide variety of medicinal benefits. Eating it raw can help with easing nausea. Boiling and mixing it with a meatless soup can help with stomach aches and soreness. The thick leaves have a gel-like substance inside that can be used as an antiseptic for wounds. It can help to stop infections and can speed up the healing process. Ooyoom is a medium-sized flower that can grow up to eleven inches tall. It grows around the edges of the forest.
Its yellow stem is thin and straight, with huge, yellow-green leaves that are wispy with smooth edges. The leaves grow in pairs along the length of the stem. The flowers are about the size of an average palm and have stretched, tear shaped petals that are purple on the underside and red on the top. Each petal is around five inches long and there are dozens of layered petals. The lower layer of petals are flat, while the upper layers form a trumpet shape. Ooyoom gives off a subtle sweet scent and has a sweet taste. There are no major medicinal uses, but mixing them with soup can help ease stomach pain. These flowers bloom all year round.
The majority of animals in the Black Land of Lakes are aquatic, fish to be more specific. Fish make up the largest population. Some aquatic animals, despite the connecting river, can only be found in one lake. Others can be found in all the lakes and even the river. There are a few species of bird and mammals that live in the forest. Drirchian is a species of medium sized bird. It stands at almost three feet tall with a wingspan of nearly five feet across. Its blue iridescent feathers have a pointed tip. On its head are three feather tufts in a mohawk formation. Females don’t have this feature. It has a short, drooping, black beak with a curved tip and two sets of eyes.
They make their nests in the trees in the forest out of branches, leaves, and flowers. Drirchian love colorful things like flowers, so their nests are usually full of them. They have a diet consisting mainly of small mammals, but they will occasionally go after fish in the lake. Females choose their mates. After a successful mating, which will bring about three to four eggs, the female will abandon the male and search for a new one. Females will usually mate up to four different males within the year and lay up to twelve eggs. They make several nests scattered throughout the forest to allow multiple matings. Drirchian only have a life expectancy of seven years. It’s believed that their life expectancy is why they mate so many times.
Losatid are medium sized, legless reptiles that live within the forest. They can grow to a length of four feet and have round scales that are able to camouflage it. This particular reptile has a tongue that resembles a rosette shaped, red flower flower. They curl their bodies up in high grass, leaving only their mouths out. Their mouths are able to open wide enough to where their head is completely upside down, leaving just the flower tongue in view. They wait for small herbivores to come toward them, releasing a pleasing scent, before attacking. Their fangs secrete a paralyzing liquid that they use to immobilize their prey. When not hunting, they sleep and live in deep burrows. Females lay up to five eggs in the burrows.
Ilid is a breed of fish that can be found in all five lakes, but mostly in the big one. They are relatively small at only one and a half feet in length. They’re known for their iridescent blue, red, and purple scales that curve into a hook at their tips, along with their wispy tail and their two wispy dorsal fins on their backs. Their faces are black and narrow, and their eyes are a bright yellow. They usually swim around the surface of the lakes in order to avoid any predators at the bottom. Their diet consists of algae and other plants in the lake. Due to them swimming so close to the surface, they often get snatched up by drirchian.