H'Jek Daru - The Island Nation
Named for Noghu Degav, the Halfling that led the way to this island, Degav has grown to be the largest city on the island of H'jek Daru. Since its beginning, the city has been ruled by a descendant of Noghu, which continues today, currently his grandson rules. He has been vying for rule of the entire nation since the death of Lady Melinda.
With wrath of boughs bedinned: A forest wild with warning, as in deaf ears of scorning. The earth made hard by a black frost. Knarled trunks obsured by mist, frozen in time. Foreboding. Squeezing life from uncomprimising soil. Wrapping light into shades of grey: A tree dented with disgrace, looking down in distate. Reaching out with tendrils of withered leaves. Choking.
This forest is the home of a growing group of Goblins that managed to survive the aftermath of the downfall of Noghu. They occasionally work in consort with the Trolls that live in the nearby swamp, but mostly stay hidden from the Halflings that rule the island for fear they will be hunted again. The L'finu Stream, flowing from The Dalw River, cuts through the woods and the goblins rarely travel south of the stream.
Just to the west of the village of Pirgav, the R'Luk Wood grows lush and green. Here, birds sing without fear or danger, and the sunlight is always soft on one's shoulders. Here also are buried some of the more recent heroes in hafling history, in a hallowed and serene graveyard. Here lie the haflings of the Seven Oaks Massacre, as does the once great Lady Melinda.
The Bli Waterway is the chief form of travel and trade between Sa'gav and Pirgav. It consists of Bli Lake, which connects directly to Pirgav, and Bli Stream, which has a trading post/warehouse near its end in the Mys Forest to store goods coming from or going to Sa'gav.
The two mountains loom ahead as you walk along the trail. Like two craggy teeth poking from the island landscape, one silent and majestic. The other, B'nat, rumbles and shakes with seismic activity.
Dawl Mountain, named by the Halfling word for Daelows, is an inactive volcano. A river issuing from a cave at the base of the mountain was named, predictably, Dalw River.
Three sets of cliffs block ocean entry to portions of the island nation. These cliffs are known as The Three Teeth of H'jek Daru.