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Well now we're out of that predicament, let's go see if we can't get to darnelle the old way eh?
So, we hit the road, the dirt round here is a little bit more orange than the rest of the river system, reminiscent of places north of Hermogryh on the lake. This is irrelevant however. What is really interesting about this place is the environment. This is one of the most biologically diverse places in Akemoor. Home at least 1200 different kinds of waterbirds and double that in fish, this area has remained mysterious in that it we just don't know why. Sure we have our hypotheses and theories but at the end of the day we just can't be sure.
The government of Akemoor made it's first statement to protect this abundant area from the reaches of people by making it a national park, where it would be safe from all the nasty industries and farms that threaten to end it. The people have supported this movement for much of the time it has been in effect, currently only 12 people live permanently in the area, they are all scattered peoples as they research the wildlife here and protect it from harm. That being said the area is incredibly prone to...well...fires as given away by the name of the place.
You see, once upon a time this area wasn't the national park it is today, once upon a time it was the next biggest thing in fishing and farming. These were the 1880's. Then a bushfire broke out, it wasn't exactly a fierce or intense fire it was just well timed and well placed, it struck almost immediately after a fleet of 300 or so workers had just arrived, they were confronted by what an artist rendered as this.
Not exactly on par with the biggest and baddest of the bush fires that have been recorded in history but just enough to scare everyone away for as long as it took to declare the place a national park.
In more recent years fires have struck also.
This picture taken in 1998
A literal wall of smoke and flame just at the border of where the park ends and the farms start.
Let's go up the road a little more eh?
And just WHAT is this!?!
This is wrong...this shouldn't be here...what is going on he-
What in blazes....
Suppose this is the gas playing a trick on us eh? The gas that the algae in the river here emits, it mixes with the natural evaporation of the river and forms a thick and groggy cloud on the land, although you can't really see it during the day (apart from the odd...oddity) At night....
It takes any and all light it receives and reflects it and amplifies it in all directions resulting in a magnificent light display on clear nights with sufficient moonlight.
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