Thursday, January 2, 2014

[Urbis] Locations of the Cold Frontier - Jellyfish Bay and Owl Mountain

The bay leading to the Trade Outpost is frequently lit with fluorescent patches that move with the waves, ranging in color form green to yellow to orange. If the water is examined closely, this will turn out to be the work of innumerable tiny jellyfish which are attracted to the runoff from the river (in particular, all the magical nutrients from First City artifacts). These jellyfish are harmless, though they in turn attract numerous fish, which in turn will attract larger predators, and from time to time an observer might spot creatures like cecaelia in the depths. Whales are likewise common in the bay, feeding on the abundant krill.

To the east there is a mountain notable for its unusually high population of owls, whose hoots will likely keep explorers awake at night. Many of these owls specialize in preying on the fish of the nearby bay. Its most prominent resident is a giant owl, who is very knowledgeable about many events of the Cold Frontier, but unless the explorers have some way of understanding beast speech, there is little it will be able to tell them. Many of the local shamans do not have this problem, however, and frequently consult with the owl. When not hunting, it rests on top of a small rock spire. The area surrounding the rock is littered with seal bones (its primary prey). It will observe those who approach it quizzically, but otherwise wait for them to make the first move.

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