Friday, October 20, 2017

Map and Story Block 11

Good evening everyone. Another 5 mile square block in our continuing series:

Block 11

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Scale: 1 square = 1/2 mile

Traveling further north and east from the battleground will lead you deeper into Medvedian territory.  Slightly longer than a day-and-a-half’s journey in that direction lies one of the Medvenian’s larger areas, the Tryphar Caverns and the Voniheln Woods.  The caverns lie to the east and are the home of the males of the Giant Whisper Kin.  The woods are home to the women, children and the infirm. The Kin built their homes in the upper boughs of the trees and with the help of magic they have created wooden paths linking the various homes to each other and to the nearby caves.

Men rarely venture from the caves and indeed most Medvedian tribes are led by women. But the men will fight, individuals will protect their mate when she is pregnant and all will gather to defend the Kin if threatened.  Otherwise, men prefer their solitude and studies. The Tryphar caverns are known for its library which is filled with books, scrolls and the art of the Giant Whisper Kin.

The women of Giant Whisper Kin are slightly more social and their homes are quite beautiful.  Each family, along with their extended relations, live in a tree house. The house is built on sturdy old trees, known as Egoves and through magic a room can be grown at any time.  You can tell how old is a particular family in the tribe by how large they have created their home. 

A special group of women in the Giant Whisper Kin, are skilled in nature magic that allows them to talk to the trees and work and shape them.  These homes are usually quite elaborate and feature detailed wooden statues. Even common furniture such as their chairs and tables are wondrously beautiful.

Text (c) 2017 Heleen Durston and map (c) 2017 Andrew Durston