This area of the Cradle of Clay
is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, both domesticated and wild. Cradled Wheat
and other grains are grown and harvested for use and trade while Black Stout
are kept for their meat and hide. While Tatanka
are common livestock in the Cradle of Clay
, they are not often kept on the edge of hills closest to the Great Plains
as their size tends to draw Dinosaurs
into the village. Even those Black Stout
that are kept by the villagers must be kept in corrals north of the village to mitigate the chance of a rogue Dinosaur
entering the village.
Wild animals in the area include wolves, rats, squirrels, and other rodents, but few other animals tend to stray this close to Dinosaur
territority. Animals, other than domesticated ones, that survive in this area must be able to hide in the ground cover to survive. A variety of fish and clams can be found in the river, often changing with the seasons and the migration patterns of the animals.
Moss, hardy shrubs, and some trees can be found in the area, but south of the village, only Traveler's Grass
can be found. Wild grains and flowers, such as the Cradle Brushes
and Orange Honeysuckle
dot the landscape amongst stands of Big Greystem
. While the fauna seems sparse, a great deal of different plant life makes up the mat of grasses that covers most of the Cradle of Clay
. This mat of grasses brings many wild plants that are safe to eat as well as provides ground cover to stop any erosion that would occur due to the high winds of the area.