The Bitter Creek is a small
stream with thermal orgins, flowing from the northern
Mithrals of the
Manthrian Province into the Adanian Sea. It is located to the southeast of
the village of Holt where it is essentially an
inconvenience to both travelers and merchants alike as it is a natural barrier
between Holt and the village of Starmiran,
located further south. A bridge has been constructed to allow passage over the
Bitter Creek, however the creek itself has a substantial amount of metallic
salts and minerals preventing the growth of flora and making any presence of
fauna nearly impossible.
Originating from the northern Mithrals,
just below Lorsidre Peak, the Bitter Creek winds across a stretch of land where
it eventually connects with Tarep Creek and the Adanian Sea. The
water is generally warmer, possibly due
to the high concentration of metallic minerals. These minerals originate from a
bubbling hot spring at the source of the creek and give the creek both a foul
taste and inhospitable living conditions for both flora and fauna.
Despite the high mineral content in the water,
the Bitter Creek remains clear and pristine; deceptive to any foreign travelers
unfortunate enough to not be warned of the Bitter Creek and its contents. The
bottom of the creek is easily visible at only 2
peds in the deepest spots.
The salty components of the creek transfer into a scent that carries around the
surrounding area, although it can be a welcomed scent for those departing from
the dyeing village of Holt.
Roughly two thirds or three quarters of the way down the creek there is a
bridge that was built by the ill-tempered inhabitants of
Holt to allow trade and interaction between them
and the southern villages and cities such as Starmiran and Marduran.
Location. The Bitter
Creek separates the village of
Holt from its southerly neighbours of the
Manthrian Province. It winds its way from the
northern Mithrals across a stretch of
grasslands and into the Adanian Sea just southeast of Snipe Headís Bay.
Flora. Flowers such as
the lady fingers and the
lotann flower are often seen on
the banks of the Bitter Creek, however their growth is stunted appearing sickly
and withering in the presence of such high concentration of salts and minerals.
Fauna. The various
species of fish that are common throughout the Adanian Sea and the province of
Manthria are rarely seen amongst the salty
waters of the Bitter Creek. Even shallow
water fish such as the
evoor avoid the salt concentrated
waters of the Bitter Creek. The only
animal that seems to be able to live in the environment supplied by the Bitter
Creek is the rubit, a small amphibian that
burrows in the grasses and shores of the Bitter Creek.
Bitter Creek consists of various metallic salts and minerals that originate
from a hot spring where the creek begins. Amongst the various minerals is the
xazuran, also known as the
"Bitterstone" because its presence in the creek gives it the bitter taste that
has earned the Bitter Creek its name. The Mineral is an invaluable resource to
the dyeing industry of Holt, it is also a very
poisonous mineral. The xazuran
dissolves in water and its presence would
be unknown if not for the recognizable taste that it pollutes the creek with.
It is extracted from the creek by taking pans of the
water and allowing the liquid to dissolve
leaving the valuable deposits of the mineral.
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