Tales of the Northern March
Glen Rose is a large valley carved by the Rose River, which drains the vast Troll Moor in the east into the loch. Two valleys branching off its midpoint mark the separation of the lower valley from the upper valley. The upper valley is predominantly settled by halfling farmers while the lower valley is newer human settlements. The Elf Wood in the northern valley is home to the regions elves while the Tarn marks the edge of dwarven territory to the south.
The largest forest in the glen is the Elf Wood which sprawls to the north. It is an ancient and pristine except for the southern edge, where human loggers have thinned it out. It is comprised of pine, birch, rowan, aspen, juniper, and oak and is home to a variety of animals: auroch, lynx, gray wolves, elk, horses, boars, beavers, hares, pine martens, red deer, roe deer, red foxes, red squirrels, wildcats, and brown bears. The western half of the wood is home to elves who live in small, tree-house villages. The eastern half is home to dryads and treants.
The smaller forest is the Maple Wood, which is all that remains of a much more expansive forest that covered the hills to the south of the glen. What remains is thinned out from logging and the northernmost regions are tended and patrolled by the residents of Mapledell. South of that, the wood takes on a darker aspect and is home to wargs and goblins. The wildlife here is more spare and skittish, particularly near entrances to the tunnels under Goblin Mountain.
This sea loch is home to a walruses, seals, dolphins, mussels, eels, bass, halibut, and sea turtles. Most of its shore is sheer cliff face broken by the rare shore of sand dunes covered in rich grasses.
Moors and Bogs
At its eastern end, the glen opens out onto the vast Troll Moor and its foggy heather-covered hills and bilberry bushes. The moor is home to red grouse, golden eagle, red deer, rabbits, and hares, as well as the herds of sheep tended by the residents of Edgemoor. During summer, the air is filled with butterflies and bees and the sound of crickets. Unfortunately, it is also home to the eponymous trolls, who regularly show up to harry those who make their homes here. Also, a black dragon lairs somewhere nearby and appears to gorge itself on deer and sheep. Cranberry Bog is a large marshy expanse along Beaver Creek which is rich with cranberries. Broadmire is a huge peat bog that stretches across the southern edge of the moor near the source of the Rose River.
Rivers and Streams
Rose River is named for the primroses which grow in abundance along its banks. It averages about 1500’ in width and 20’ in depth. Its tributaries drain the mountains and highlands which surround the glen, but its source is the Troll Moor. The streams of the glen are home to pearl mussels, salmon, trout, shad, eels, and lamprey. In the moor, the streams are lined with rushes that are used for thatching and basket-making. Otters are a common sight in the waterways and swamps.
The elevation lines on the map represent 150’ changes in elevation.
- Pine: 40-120’ tall, 3-5’ diameter
- Maple: 50-115’ tall, 3-5’ diameter
- Oak: 50-80’ tall, 4-12’ diameter
- Aspen: 50-80’ tall, 3’ diameter
- Birch: 50-65’ tall, 3’ diameter
- Rowan: 25-50’ tall, 1’ diameter
- Juniper: 15-30’ tall, 1’ diameter