THE SALÓH COAST

DESCRIPTION - LOCATION - PEOPLE - CLIMATE
FLORA - FAUNA - MYTH/LORE - HISTORY

Located south of the Santharian capital of New-Santhala, in the Sanguian province not far from the border of Manthria the coast south-east of the town of Salóh. This region, where the land borders the Gulf of Maraya, is often considered wet, dangerous and unpleasant. One of several natural defenses to the city itself including the treacherous Woecape that has claimed more ships than many care to count.

Description. Grim and desolate, spectacular and majestic, wet and dry, any section of the Salóh Coast might have nothing in common with another, from the shrouded Mist Marsh, to the foreboding Woecape itself. The area has claimed any number of corpses over the ages, of ships and of men, so much so that the area is now generally avoided because of its inherent dangers. The Bluffs of Bran, standing tall and impassable to the west of the Woecape, guard the foggy Mist Marsh from the wind, keeping it under a near perpetual fog bank that hides sudden storms that occasionally wrack the rest of the region. The high cliffs make it impossible to land even the smallest of boats or ships anywhere until one has almost passed Salóh by.

Location. The Salóh Coast occupies an easterly section of the Santharian province of Sanguia, to the south of the elven town of Salóh, west of the Auturian Woods, and south of the capital of New-Santhala. The Mist Marsh and Woecape lie to the south and southwest of Salóh respectively, while the Bluffs are placed to the southwest of the city. Return to the top

People. The Salóh Coast has most often been frequented by merchant sailors, their boats and the corpses and wrecks of those unfortunate enough to run afoul of the reefs and rocks of the Woecape. Merchants have long since avoided the Woecape and now prefer to wait to enter Salóh, rather than attempt the dangerous passage. The Bluffs of Bran are not often visited, those who do are in search of some of the herbs that grow well in this area and the Mist March is completely devoid of habitation or travel, save for those attempting to hide in the persistent fog, those who become lost for one reason or another, and the corpses of the previous two groups. Return to the top

Climate. The Salóh Coast is a wet region, prone to fog, winds and sudden storms. It is likely for one to encounter fog any number of days of the year, though locals assert that it’s foggy at least one day out of three. This claim, though seemingly inflated, is quite accurate, unfortunately for the sailors who ply the waters, as much as for any unfortunates attempting to pass through the area. Return to the top

Flora. Several varieties of marsh grass, reeds and fungi can be found in great abundance in the Mist March, while hardy varieties of lichen and moss cling to sheltered sections of the Woecape’s face. The Bluffs of Bran are a medley of bushes, weeds and the occasional tree or herb, including trinity herb and the daylong flower, growing in certain sheltered areas among the bushes where they are not exposed to the wind, mostly hollows where one might accidentally trip were it not for the preponderances of other plants fencing off these depressions. Return to the top

A Wailcoman Encounter
View picture in full size Picture description. Sightings of wailwomen are often reported at a cemetery near the Woecape bordering the Mist Marshes... Image by BKiani.

Fauna. Seabirds have been known to roost in holes in the Woerocks for short periods of time, particularly the marayanthian gull as well as barnacles on the lower reaches that are exposed to the tide on a regular basis. Numerous varieties of biting insects make their homes in stagnant pools in the Mist Marsh, as well as several types of fish including minnows and mithralfish. The Bluffs of Bran also hold their share of animals, small rodents mostly field mice and similar make their homes here, as well as rabbits and occasionally cuuloo or badgers. Fish sighted in the waters around the Woecape are assumed to live in the area around the cliff itself, including yellowtail and other members of the barsa family. Return to the top

Myth/Lore. Stories of people throwing themselves onto the rocks from the Woecape are often associated with tragic romances, and may have fed rumours of a wailwoman that surround the area and even the Mist Marshes to some extent. More sceptical scholars assume that the passage of wind through small holes in the cliff face may be responsible for the eerie wailing heard from both above and below, seemingly without cause or discernable source.

Will'o'wisps are said to haunt the deeper reaches of the marsh and local stories of them waylaying and distracting travellers by leading them further into the bog, often to their doom, are quite easy to find.

The most familiar is the story of a group of orcish troops, under Saban Blackcloak ascending the cliffs to attempt to attack Salóh. A lone herbalist (whose name is unfortunately lost to the mists of time) led the orcs astray into the Mist March and there they ran afoul of the wisps. Bits of bone that are occasionally found in the Marsh or around it after a particularly strong storm often seem to be orcish, including a complete skull which now sits proudly on the mantle of the market supervisor, Golthaim.

Some, including self-titled "researcher" Waudrin Ghortz, have attriibuted this to the effect of the marsh air and the mist on the mind rather than any supernatural intervention or malevolence. Ghortz has said he intends to write another book "covering minor delusions, superstitons and fancies". Reliable reports have it that Ghortz's next book will deal with white ladies, wailwomen and wisps. Return to the top

 Date of last edit 18th Fallen Leaf 1669 a.S.

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