The Nibel Forest covers a large portion of Imminar's central landmass, encompassing a wide variety of terrain. In the northwest and northeast are fearsome mountain ranges, with a broad valley between them ending at the sea in the north. In the south it brushes up against Lake Amanti, which feeds the great River Ginso that flows from southwest to northeast through the forest. Nibel's most distinctive feature is its wondrous Tree of Souls. This enormous tree towers fifteen stories above the rest of the forest, visible for miles around. At night, the tree's leaves and branches glow with a soft silvery light, inspiring its name. Legends and tales conflict about the tree's origin; according to one, a powerful druid entombed himself within, expending magical energy over the course of years, merging himself with the wood of the tree so that he would always be able to protect and care for the forest. In another, the great hero-turned-demigod Garon stole a sapling from an archfae's garden in the Faewyld, returning and planting it in the Material Plane, where it grew to a massive size. The legend maintains that the tree still maintains a connection to the Faewyld. This second story may be closer to the truth, as many a traveler has returned from the forest, bearing witness to strange sights and occurrences from its deeper reaches. Unnatural fog, unearthly calls, a feeling of eyes watching in the dark, and strange glowing white lights among the trees have convinced many that the forest is haunted, or the domain of dangerous fae creatures. Whatever the case, the stories all agree that Nibel may not be quite the arboreal paradise it seems from a distance.
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