A vast oblong forest that borders the Second and Third Quadrant respectively. Though its true boundaries remain unknown. Entry is generally restricted for Tawantinsuyu citizens, as the native savages in the area are incredibly hostile. Fertile soil extends down to a depth of about 2000ft that nurtures the towering pine and oak trees that grow at an astonishing rate. A bewildering array of plant life, not found anywhere else, propagate throughout the forest. Adding to the enchantment; a myriad of unknown multispecies moss blanket the trees, further adding to its mystique and making for a breathtaking sight. In contrast, there is a shocking lack of insects and fungi for a region of its size.
Forbidden ZonePeople and things tend to disappear the deeper into the forest one goes. Even to those who live in it year round, and there is no shortage of stories that explain how.
Savages tell of a scar simmering through the canopy. An unpassable spot, far into the forest. It acts as the greatest epicenter of quakes that radiates everywhere, save for the outer edges of the never-ending forest.
Seismic EventsEarthquakes shake the soil, sway trees and cause fissures to open. Unnatural faultlines defy conventional geologic patterns as the forest floor may swell and bulge and present a tedious terrain to those within. Unpredictable pulsating waves leave ripples throughout the mud and clay, disturbing flora and fauna, and whose seismic peaks and troughs remain preserved like a soft pseudo-fossil stretching for leagues in every direction. Deep underground, rumbling echos warn of hidden cavities where sinkholes can suddenly swallow whole trees, structures and unsuspecting peoples. There are such unexplained epicenters that make it challenging to learn of their true nature. In some instances, tremors synchronize with other occurrences, intensifying their effects and unleashing catastrophic consequences and great sorrow.
To those seeking answers, these seismic features create a sense of perpetual urgency. The very ground beneath one's feet is an unprecedented force.
A number of remarkable anomalies have been said to occur inside:
The trees, even the very earth itself, move to confuse anyone who attempts to enter and make escape almost impossible.
Plants take on uncommon features; appearing unusually straight or bearing carved cavities within them; some resembling words, the further one travels from the periphery.
Vaguely familiar animals, like big cats and pet birds, carry mutations that are strange to any other outside the forest and make for one-of-a-kind clothes.
Those who managed to return from the forest's deeper parts carry a wide array of mental instabilities including depression, hallucinations and strange feelings of nostalgia.
Tropical HeatExplorers on foot speak of a continuous foggy darkness cast from the canopy overhead. A swampy humidity permeates the area that gets worse the closer to the forbidden zone one gets- feeling as though in a searing soup - that effects their minds.
Upon approach to the Forbidden Zone
When a PC uses their emotional boon, they roll on the table again. If it is the same result, they take 1d4 mental damage. If it is different, then they can choose to switch.