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Huntersisle

The southernmost isle of Forochel's archipelago was known as Metsästäjöiden Saari (La. "Hunter's Isle'), so named because, from late autumn to early spring, herd animals and other game crossed over to it by means of an icebridge, partaking of its meadows and flowering glades. The spring thaw trapped these animals on the island in great numbers, transforming it into a hunter's paradise. The island's shores, while rough and rocky, contained many small bays and rubblestrewn beaches that made fair to excellent harbors for boats. Its northern end formed a flat, grassy plain that arced neatly around the island's mountains. In spring, this plain exploded into a riot of color from blooming wildflowers.

Metsästäjöiden Saari became an island through the War of Wrath, whose shockwaves literally ripped it free of the mainland, giving its low mountains a rough and tumbled appearance. Their stony highlands were alive with mountain goats and big-horn sheep, while the spring snow-melt gave birth to rushing mountain streams, where salmon come to mate and spawn. Smaller fish proliferated amid the mountain tarns. The foothills and mountain vales supported small coniferous forests of pine and fir. These woodlands also contained many shrubs and bushes bearing edible berries.

The island maintained a small population of reindeer and elk and, as always, prey brough predators. Wolf packs prowled among the mountains—primarily dire wolves, but white wolves had been known to cross the ice in search of prey, only to become trapped there for the summer. Bears too came for the salmon runs, stuffing themselves with fish. Even the occasional band of Orcs or Trolls from the southern Ered Rhívamar would cross the icebridge to the island in search of prey (meaning anything they can slay and eat, including one another).

Jäämies camps were few, since Metsästäjöiden Saari was too distant from their villages to make the trek worthwhile. The Merimetsästäjät came to hunt and gather resources, but the island was too close to their berg-delvings to bother with whaling camps. Any camps encountered were likely to be open and friendly enough to travelers. However, the camps had few supplies other than for hunting and fishing, and only small boats were available.

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