The Sharadon is the ancient forest in the province of Brendolan, spanning most of the land just above the Narfost Plain. This massive forest is home to the Maeverhim, the gangly elves that live high in the treetops. The town of Seraia is wrapped within the Sharadon.
Picture description. The ancient Sharadon Forest, home of the simple, kind and often seen joking Maeverhim elves. Image drawn by Eshóh.
Sharadon is a large forest, trees and brush as far as the eye can see. The
coastal Redwood trees there are ancient and massive, and for the most part, the
forest is untouched. The Maeverhim
that live here live well above the ground, and so the soil is clean and full of
nutrients. The only people that actually enter the ground-level of the Sharadon
will have a difficult time passing through; there are few paths through the
tough and thick underbrush. The only entrance to the
Maeverhim homes is through the
forest city of Seraia.
The forest is full of life; deer and all kinds of wild animals roam free in the land beneath the homes, and the forests' birds and insects enjoy cohabitating with the peaceful Maeverhim. The houses of the Maeverhim are built around the trees instead of inside them, and they use bridges, ladders, ropes, crawl-lines and tree-hopping to move from one tree to another. The homes are slightly monochromatic, with green white and blue colors.
Location. The Sharadon is located north of the Narfost Plain, in the province of Brendolan. It spans the width of the continent at this point, which makes it difficult to avoid. But considering the Maeverhim are so friendly, most travellers prefer to visit them rather than ignore them. Antiragon is on the outskirts of the Sharadon, but is not connected to the cities of the Sharadon.
Maeverhim may very well be the
kindest tribe of elves known. They enjoy
visitors and are very open to new experiences. Some think of them as child-like;
as they enjoy games, jokes, stories and are easily amused. They are great
traders and cultivators; but can only be encountered in Seraia or in their
Coats of Arms. The Maeverhim use a tapestry of symbols rather than a Coat of Arms: The tapestry is a blue triangle, with one point down. The border is of silver and green entwined, with an elegant white bird with feet extended painted in the center. The eye of the bird is that of the rune of Avá. In one foot is a branch of a willow, and the other holds a lightning bolt of Grothar. The Maeverhim enjoy teasing the travellers that visit by asking them what else the bird holds. When they answer incorrectly (as they usually do) they laugh cheerfully and explain that the bird holds the wind in its wings.
|Map description. The location of the Sharadon Forest in southern Santharia, north of the Narfost Plains and south of the Gulf Maraya. Map drawn by Artimidor.|
Climate. The Sharadon
is slightly chilly, as it lies in an isthmus-like location, surrounded by
oceans. At the far end of the forests, the scent of the sea is very strong. The
coastal fog seeps through the large redwoods, nourishing the abundance of ground
foilage. It rains in the Sharadon in the colder months, in quick showers that
end as abruptly as they start. When the sun shines, one will still desire to
wear a cloak; the winds can be gusty. In fact, the
Maeverhim embrace the winds that
sweep through the Sharadon, and praise
Grothar as a main deity.
Flora. The Coastal Redwood is a massive inhabitant of the Sharadon, and survives well in the crisp, damp environment. Nightshimmer vines brighten the forest at night, and vinterberries make tasty snacks for travellers. Arv does grow here as well, but not in abundance, and too deep in the forest to be harvested. Pines of all kinds love the thick forest. The Maeverhim cultivate all sorts of edible foods in their tree-bound homes, despite the lofty location and unnatural climate. The Maeverhim are master cultivators.
Fauna. All animals seem to love this nearly-untouched forest, thick coverage and the abundance of food and lack of hunters. Insects and birds cohabitate with the Maeverhim, and come and go as they please. Quílly'efér love the environment, and through trading, the foreign dalor has become an inhabitant of the forest. Rubits also live here, but are difficult to find. Mercato flies also live in and around stagnant pool-collections at the forest floor, but the Maeverhim have garnered a kind of immunity to these flies, (they do get ill, but do not die of it) as well as living far too high for the insects to be a factor.
Resources. The trees of the Sharadon are abundant with bird and insect life. Silk from the various kinds of moths, is spun by the local elves into a fine yet strong fabric. Many plants are cultivated in the treetops, plants that do not normally grow at that area, but with careful nurturing by the Maeverhim, thrive very well. This creates another unique resource: tourism.
Myth/Lore. A tribe of Brownies is reported to have passed through the Sharadon floor in 3860 b.S. and quickly moved on. The Maeverhim had entertained themselves from their high homes when the Brownies arrived, dropping sticks and leaves onto the small people in boredom. The Brownies did not like that, and quickly moved on.
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