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We're off to a really good start, you guys! Next steps would be to start putting names & descriptions together. And possibly group them together in some kind of organization (a la regions). Pinn's map was great, so I think we can use that as a basis/general guidelines for where things will go. :D
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I feel that one thing that should be discussed is what direction the wolves would be moving when they leave Relic Lore, I just dont want a bunch of confusion on the part of the writers when they need to talk about arriving from relic lore, looking towards it, or anything else regarding it, plus the direction would influence the climate, north would mean colder temps and more arctic wolves and such would be more common if people were trying to be pedantic for example.
Alvar Forsberg.
Moving West would probably fix all of that, since that's likely the nearest coast, and we wouldn't have to worry about any weird or drastic changes in temperature, or to the existing list of flora and fauna.
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Makes the most sense, I agree, anyone else's thoughts on this?
Alvar Forsberg.
Sounds fine to me.
Just throwing up some territory name/description ideas: And these are likely actually just trash but meh

Vermilion Cliffs
Located in the southwest corner of the region, the Scarlet hills extend for miles along the coast, just south of the foothills. They are aptly named for the abundance of Fireweed that grows along it as well as the red-tinted rocks and clay that make up the form of the terrain. Batterings from the coastline during high winds and the thawing of snow from spring have eroded away at the cliffs for centuries and have created small caverns alongside and within the cliffs that, while difficult to get to, have some exciting secrets of their own.

Rustling Quagmire
Despite the boggy persona of the quagmire, it's bustling with life due to it's location along the coast and it's proximity to the delta. These wetlands, created by the delta itself, run up to the river that feeds into the delta and along the coastline to the northwest, stopping at the tip of the western-most peninsula on the map. For the most part, the trees within the marshlands are shorter than other locations in the region, and most of the foliage within the lands itself are shrubs, bushes, and aquatic-based flora.

Meteor Beach (alternatively maybe something else if Meteor Bay is used?)
A rocky coastline to the north of the cove poses danger to most creatures who dare to venture there. The winds, tides, and weather tear away at the cliffs leaving dangerously large chasms. Caverns and caves layer the coastline due to millennia of water eroding the side of the shore. Across the shore is an island within swimming distance that provides sanctuary for the weary traveler. (IDK, not terribly happy with this one but I wanted to incorporate that island in somehow along with the danger element while still leaving things like sub territories open)

Rabbit Cove (alternatively maybe Meteor Bay due to it's shape?)
Named for the rabbit-shaped peninsula to the north, the cove provides a beautiful escape from the marshes to the south and the desolate forests to the east. Vibrant and full of life, nature blooms, and the very makeup of the forests that surround the cove make it a hotbed for prey in the summers. A sandy shore separates this oasis from the seaboard to the west.

The Ark (As Pinn has labelled it)
I don't have an exact description for it but I like the idea of it being labeled as a Cordillera? Also having a multi-dimension feel with the arch that kind of traps the waterfall in and then shallower mountains/hills of rock below that?
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I royally suck at these, but wanted to try to get some ideas out there and maybe inspire more...
Here are some names I came up with, do with them what you will lol (may add in more descriptions later):

   Marlan Forest
   Royal Grove
   Hollow Oak Woodlands
   Canterling Sea
   Steadfast Sea
   Malshaw Waters
   Candover Ocean
   Lonely Borderlands (pic)
   Shallow Valley
   Harmony Loch (pic) (pic - maybe photoshop the people out?)
   Sapphire Reservoir/Sapphire Lake (pic)

Mammoth Grove (pic)
An eerie and massive presence is felt while traversing between the large trunks of the trees that tower high into the sky. With the absence of the largely shielding undergrowth, one may feel bare and open within the coniferous forest. Evergreen shrubs and grasses can be found to dominate a few areas within the grove, providing some protection. Others find themselves right at home within the mammoth sized trees, finding the openness an advantage.
Editing this as I come up with more ideas (and scour my personal photos*), aka names. Because I suck at names.
Based off of Pinn's map

Coastal
  • Waterfall
  • Lake? Oceanside forest?
  • X Stacks
    One of NAMEHERE’s biggest mysterious is the collection of rocks dotting the coastline, varying in both size and shape. Most of these rocks, or ‘stacks’, are topped with thin, skeletal-like trees and other foliage. There are some accessible by beach and a bit of careful maneuvering, but other stacks will require getting wet in order to climb to the top. There are a few small, sea caves tucked away in several, but they can be easily overlooked while passing by and are inaccessible once the ride rolls in. 
  • Cerulean Pools
    Cut into the side of the coast are the Cerulean tide pools, a variety of different shaped pools that offer as a buffet for those skilled in hunting marine life or a retreat from the hot, summer sun. The pools were given their name by their unique shade of blue, which is distinct from the rich navy of the Pacific ocean. But be careful — some of the rocks surrounding the pools are littered with barnacles and slippery kelp. It is the perfect place for young cubs to explore, as long as they watch where they are stepping…
  • X Beach *on the edge of the map?
    Miles of forest stretch along the coastline, ending abruptly with an impressive collection of driftwood before turning into soft sand. Due to it’s remote location it is not frequently visited, making it an ideal home for an array of marine fauna. The beach is protected by a dense forest, made mostly of birch trees and evergreens, packed closely together. The sand itself is unique; off-white in colour and finer than other beaches in the area. When the tide is out it feels as though the beach continues on forever into the horizon, but be sure not to get stuck before the water starts creeping back in! 
  • X (Crooked?) Falls
    The NAME falls offers as one of the few sources of fresh water along the coast; a haven for those travelling along the stretch of beach. It is where the NAME river connects with the ocean, spilling down a chunk of eroded rock before meeting salt water. Despite the tumbling water and size of the falls, it is uncharacteristically quiet and a little daunting to first-timers, especially with the NAME forest looming in the background. The beach is a mixture of both sand and soft pebbles and, like BEACHNAMEABOVE, is littered with driftwood. 
  • Cool sideways tree
  • Closer to the northern part of Pinn's map? Delta?
Mountain/the Ark
  • One waterfall
  • Glacier, mountain lake?
  • Fountain of Youth*
    Tucked away in the highest peaks of the Ark is a pool of water only the brave and the determined have stumbled upon during their travels. Most have come across the pool by accident, and few have been able to find it a second time. The pool, even in the warmest months, is always filled with an abundance of cool water. It is not uncommon to find the rocks dusted with snow all year round. On one side of the pool is a sharp drop down the side of the mountain, and the other side has a few evergreen trees keeping it hidden from sight and secluded from prying eyes. From the summit most of NAMEHERE (the valley below?) can be seen, which makes it the perfect spot to watch the sun rise or set.  
  • Carnassial Summit
    Named for mimicking the upper and lower molars of carnivores, the Carnassial Summit is much more docile than the name suggests. A stretch of green valley separates the peaks from each other, dotted with small trees and shrubs in between. It is the safest way to travel between the peaks, is frequented by both prey and predators alike. 
Forest
  • Prism? Lakes*
    Tucked away in the NAME forest, these glacial lakes are a welcome sight for weary travellers. They can easily be missed by those passing through, as they are not impressive in size. The water is a brilliant, unearthly shade of blue—almost mirror-like in appearance—and is an excellent place to cool off in the warmer months. One of the Prism lakes is smaller than the other, roughly the size of a large pond, while the other is more impressive in size.
Tundra Hills/Valleys
  • N/A
Meadows
sachiel has a photographic memory & associates moods/emotions with colours
fun fact: he hates the colour orange
Random collection of pictures:
https://www.pexels.com/@mar-p-963335/likes/

I will continue to edit this as ideas pop up!

Casting a vote for:
-Arla and Nams descriptions/locations. They were all so nice ;-;
-Joe's Winterberry Meadow, and Deadman's wake.


Also, anyone can feel free to use these names/descriptions and alter them to their hearts content. I'm bad at wording things tbh.

(NH) = Name here
(LNH) = Lake name here
(TNH) = Tundra name here
* = Name/description taken from somewhere on this thread.

Whispering Wilds:
https://unsplash.com/photos/jwTvCQQJXh0
https://unsplash.com/photos/7zg5bnhm2X0
Nestled between the western coastline, and the eastern reach rests a sanctuary of forests. Here you'll find a buffer from the chilly wind that blows in from the coast, and a lush expanse of greenery. From the moss-ridden rocks that litter the forest floor, to the canopies filled with birdsong and vines, the Wilds are truly breathtaking. This green paradise holds a vibrancy all it's own. Even the air seems to sing it's praises in whispers as it passes through the branches.

Birchwood Forest/Winter Wood:
https://pixabay.com/en/woods-wild-wilderness-aspen-birch-843215/
https://unsplash.com/photos/dkzlTpMYYMQ
https://pixabay.com/en/water-creek-river-stream-flow-768848/
https://pixabay.com/en/moss-schwenningen-birch-green-1597519/
Home to bears, bobcats, and a plethora of prey animals, the Northwestern part of (NH) is a predator's paradise. Cedar, pine, and birch dominate the forest here, providing only a mild respite from the wind rolling in off of the ocean. While some might consider this area cold, or harsh, others can't resist it's draw. The wild and rugged feel of the area is more than enough to keep those wild hearts returning.

Shroud of the Lost/The Shroud/Murkwood Forest/Murkwood Dell: <- Inspired by the Vale of Secrets xD
https://unsplash.com/photos/A8_wYXdptpg
https://unsplash.com/photos/mERlBKFGJiQ
The southeast corner of (NH) holds mysteries unique to itself. Cold air rolls down from the Arc, bathing the surrounding forest in a thick mist that could test even the bravest soul's resolve. The woods here are sparse compared to those of the Whispering Wilds, lacking the lush vibrancy in favor of an almost cold desolation. Creatures here are cautious, much more so than any other part of (NH). It will take a quick witted hunter to survive in this terrain, but perhaps the benefits of knowing it's secrets greatly outweigh the drawbacks.

Foxtail Waste/Forgotten Wastes/Death Valley*/Deadman's Wake*:
https://www.pexels.com/photo/bare-tree-861343/
The rich forests of the Reach, and the Wilds quickly give way to sprawling hills, and vast expanses of tundra at their northeastern borders. Here you'll find sparsely scattered trees, mosses, and low blooming bushes, perfect for smaller creatures to nest in. Herds of buffalo graze along the grassy plains, migrating through fields, and over the hills in search of food. While the expanse provides little in the way of shelter, there are those that have no reason to hide.

The Arc: 
https://pixabay.com/en/hintersee-bergsee-mountains-ramsau-3601004/
https://unsplash.com/photos/jfVCnapgD5M
https://unsplash.com/photos/ZNkvxIPPVeE
https://www.pexels.com/photo/banff-national-park-canada-1525041/
https://www.pexels.com/photo/adventure-alpine-cold-hdr-371530/
https://www.pexels.com/photo/daylight-environment-forest-green-462044/
No description yet, but here are some pretty pictures!

Snipesong Marshes:
https://www.pexels.com/photo/stones-lake-river-10547/
I don't have a description for this one yet. Might fill it in later, unless someone else likes the name and wants to run with it.
-Noises from snipes, to frogs, and crickets.
-Beaver dams, places for small creatures to make homes
-Perhaps cutting Nam's quagmire in half somewhere?

Sacred Shade Thicket/Sacred Thicket:
https://unsplash.com/photos/NLSi8Hsb1PA
Deep within the heart of (NH) rests a quiet thicket. Though the birds still sing from the trees, their calls are often muffled by the dense undergrowth. The maze like quality of this area provides a haven for it's inhabitants, but to a newcomer, traversing the area could prove hazardous. Deadly nightshade can be found scattered through the tangle of trees and bushes, making this place almost as beautiful as it is dangerous.

Loon Lake:
https://www.pexels.com/photo/adventure-clouds-dawn-daylight-462015/
https://pixabay.com/en/landscape-mountains-hills-forest-336542/
https://pixabay.com/en/hintersee-bergsee-mountains-ramsau-3601004/
This lake serves as one of the largest in (NH), second only to (LNH). By day it seems rather ordinary, it's shores serving as a hub for the various inhabitants that call this place home. Everything from insects and amphibians, to the odd bear can be found here. It's not uncommon to see herds of deer lapping at the waves, or fleeing the summer heat as they wade in the shallows. It's when the excitement of the day wears thin, and all of the creatures skittering around it's shores have tucked themselves safely away for the night that this lake finally lives up to it's name. Loons call out into the night, their eerie wails echoing out for miles in every direction like sirens beckoning lost souls forth. 

Whiteshard Shoal:
https://www.pexels.com/photo/landscape-photography-of-white-mountain-753325/
Given it's namesake for the white bluffs on the south side of the lake, Whiteshard Shoal provides an oasis from the harsher elements of (TNH). With thickly grouped trees for shade, and cool water offering a chance to ward off the heat, many of the tundra's inhabitants flock here. Birds can be found nesting in trees, foxes can be seen burrowing into the soil, and the occasional buffalo heard can be spotted passing through.

Divine Meadows/Trillium Fields:
https://flic.kr/p/GAfLvw
As the surrounding trees grow less concentrated, and the forests slowly fade into fields of tall grass and flowers, a small sanctuary can be found. White trillium flowers bloom here in the early spring, nearly covering the Earth in white and green. Deer like to fawn in the quiet safety of the tall grass, while rabbits dig their warrens in the fertile soil of the meadows. This peaceful place holds a sort of untainted beauty that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the (NH).

List of names I liked:

Elderberry Grove
Divine Meadow/Trillium Fields
Spyhopper Sound
Sirensong Fjord
Bullfrog Shoal
Pool of the Sky
Sanguine steppes
Starlit Tundra/Starlight Waste
Crabapple Meadow
Valley of the moon
Bogwood Grove
Sootstone Pass/Fjord/Isle
Grasslands
Raven Wood
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So I thought if we're potentially going to have a coastline, then maybe it would be a good idea to start adding some -coastal- creatures to the library? I know that at one point you guys were going through what you planned on adding/removing from the library, but I assume we're going to keep the flora/fauna? I've only done these two, and half of one for sea otters so far since I don't know for sure if the article is going to make it over, but if it is, I'll keep updating this post xD

Orca:
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<tr><td class="thead"><b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_whale">Killer Whale</a></b>. <div style="float:right;"><b>Average Lifespan:</b> 50+ years.</div>
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<td class="tcat"><i>Orcinus Orca</i> <div style="float:right;">Marine Mammal</div></td></tr>
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<p>Often called the wolves of the sea, these large sea-dwelling mammals hunt in packs. They are the largest known species of dolphin, with adult males weighing in at over 6 tonnes and reaching anywhere between 20 to 26 feet in length. Females are usually much smaller, weighing closer to 3 or 4 tonnes, and only reach a length of 16 to 23 feet. They're known for their distinct black bodies, white underside and eye patches, and the grey saddle that sits just behind their dorsal fin. They are a sexually dimorphic species, as males typically sport a large, straight dorsal fin, while a female's dorsal fin should be much shorter in height, and curve more dramatically towards the tail.
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While there are currently four to five known types of Orca, only three can be seen from the (NameHere) coast. Transients, or Bigg's Killer Whales, are the most common type, as they remain in British Columbian waters all year long. They tend to travel in smaller groups, consisting of just two to six cetaceans, and feed primarily on smaller marine mammals. Residents, who generally travel in groups of 18-35, appear in the summer months to feed on fish in the Fjord. The third type, labelled Offshore, or type C, live in larger groups of 20-75, and are much more difficult to find, being that they spend most of their time away from the coastline.
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They are a highly intelligent species, with a complex social structure. Resident Killer Whales live in a matriarchal society as calves of both sexes remain with their mother's pod for the entirety of their lives. Due to the distinct hunting techniques, and vocalizations that are passed down from generation to generation within a pod, these creatures are often described as having their own cultures.
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Steller sea lion:
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<tr><td class="thead"><b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steller_sea_lion">Steller sea lion</a></b>. <div style="float:right;"><b>Average Lifespan:</b> 20-30 years.</div>
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The Stellar sea lion, or northern sea lion, is tan-colored marine mammal that lives in the coastal waters of British Columbia. While both sexes are born with black fur, and lighten as they age, they are still a sexually dimorphic species. Males grow to be almost twice the size of their female counterparts, weighing anywhere from 450 kg to 1,120 kg, as opposed to a female's meager 240 to 350 kg. Their lengths don't differ as significantly, with females reaching 2.3-2.9 meters in length, and male's reaching 2.82-3.25 meters. Males are easily differentiated by their thick, barrel shaped necks and chests.
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Their breeding season begins in mid May, just weeks after the birthing of new pups, and ends in August. During this time, males become even more aggressive, establishing a territory in which they host a harem of females. As the weeks pass on, pups are left unattended for longer periods of time, though they often continue to nurse for about a year. While it is not recommended that a wolf take on an adult of this species, an unattended pup might be worth the while. Keep in mind that these pups are born at roughly 23 kg, and often guarded by their much larger mothers, so caution is still advised.
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