Name of (Primary) World: Temple
The human populations within the boundaries of the settlement of Temple have been around for a little over 3 generations (roughly 315-20 years). In that time frame, there have been a few climate changes that have changed the topography of the land itself as well as caused certain amounts of loss and great changes. The climate itself resembles that of a normal Temperate model: cool falls, hot summers, cold and snowy winters, and rainy springs. However, as with any normal Earthly climate, cycles do tend to re-appear and re-occur that set the elements into a frenzy. Seasons are followed and counted by every re-appearance of the new moon, which is why Temple “months” are also referred to as “Moons”. For instance, in the 25th year of the Establishment in Moon “1” (the very first new moon of the New Year), due to a poor harvest (the result of over-grazing) and a bitterly cold winter, there occurred what is known as the Great Famine, which killed 250 inhabitants. Likewise, the first population “high” occurred primarily as a result of a good harvest comingled with relatively calm climate patterns. However, in the 156th year of the establishment, Bow River dried up to do unseasonably dry, arid weather during the Spring and Summer. Roughly 100 years later, the river overflowed and flooded. It is thus clear that there is an obvious cyclical movement to the climate patterns in this land, though it does seem to be a bit more sped up than that of its alternate dimension.
There is a wonderful and wide variety of topographical features within the settlement. It’s a kind of conglomeration that the state of Georgia holds very dear to its heart; there is a large lake, with a river that extends all the way to a small eddy and pools. There is rich farmland and soil. There are mountains in the distance of the boundaries (though they are as of yet unmined and untouchable, simply imposing), as well as the Great Forest to the South. No one has yet ventured to find the oceans of this wondrous new dimension – but there is time yet! If it exists in one dimension, it should theoretically somehow appear in another, as the theory goes.
The Forest is referred to as “The Forest of the Unknown” by the people of Temple, simply because it forbidden to wander into it. Indeed, if you look closely at the map, the Forest is separated from the establishment by the southern boundaries. Arrow Lake and Bow River are tightly connected and are the harbingers of life to this place; everything within the town is centered or formed around the river and lake. The Graveyard is literally placed on a grassy and wildly overgrown knoll close to the southern boundaries, so that the Forest almost intrudes upon the resting places of the dead (truly thus the “unknown”). The more densely western side of the town is paved in cobblestones, while the rest remains firmly attached to the solid and sturdy ground. The Hay fields are a common source of amusement for families and children alike because the land is so hilly and full of mounds.
Local animals are rarely seen. The cult leader, when he established Temple, brought his own people and animals. Cattle and horses are domesticated, as are roosters, chickens, pigs, goats, cats, and dogs. They are all a part of this great ecological system, though over the years, they have adapted to the land and food in unique ways. Cats, for instance like their human counterparts, remain eerily observant and live for far much longer than ever considered possible (55+ years). The local animals that do show up in Temple are often found beyond the boundary walls – and they do enjoy stealing sheep, though they are not wolves. They resemble some sort of feline creature, akin to a bobcat, but with much larger eyes, and quite the large set of fangs. They are easily spooked by fire. If there are other wild creatures, they have remained at bay from the human settlement.
Natural resources within the land are found both within its soil and its waters. Minerals are dived for within the lake and mined, and the mill is powered by the lake itself, as is most of the town. Honeybees flourish in the gardens and their gifts are used most often in medicinal poultices and mixtures that effect human and animal longevity. There’s something unique about these bees – which means there is something unique about the land they get their sustenance from!
And, indeed, it is a land rich in wealth and soil. Perhaps the only great difference between it and the land it stemmed from is the way in which time passes on, deepening the cyclical nature of the climate – and all of its shifts.
What natural disaster could possibly be next, some Templars ask?
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