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The Blue Rock River

Written by Loremaster Aemon

Eth Bjar Hjodlik Jool (Dwarvish)

The Blue Rock River (Eth Bjar Hjodlik Jool in Dwarvish) begins it's journey from the peaks of The Blue Mountains (Eth Bjar Urngorr in Dwarvish) created from the ice and snow that melts daily.  
The Blue Mountains by Nicolas Prieto
    The Blue Mountains are home to The Kingdom/City of HEART HOME (ODROR ORHIM), and the Dwarves of Clan Silverheart (Kjanth Zilvren Odror). Flowing swiftly down the mountain, then through the heavily wooded foothills, the river and rocks collide creating rapids, Known as The Blue Rock Rapids (Eth Bjar Hjodlikr), this stretch of the river is the most dangerous and cannot be travelled, many have drowned not knowing the speed of the current and the freezing temperature of the water that renders the unfortunate paralyzed from the extreme cold. The other dangers of this region are the Orc, and Goblinoid Clans that roam the area, and the Cave Trolls that hunt among the rapids as the sun sets into night fall.  
River Rapids by Bruno Perrin
    Beyond the rapids that stretch for over five miles, the river is still fast flowing but much less dangerous as it winds its way through The Blue Hill Uplands (Eth Bjar Hlokr), this hilly, rocky, marshland region stretches for over twenty miles as the land gradually becomes more flat as it reaches the vast temperate region of The Heartwood (Eth Odror Dred in Dwarvish).  
Hills with Flowing River by John Spencer
  

The Heartwood

Eth Odror Dred   The Heart Wood covers hundreds of miles in all directions and is home to many species of trees, that include Birch, Spruce, Pine, Oak, Yew, and Alder, and animals, including deer, bear, wolf, and boar, as well as wild fowl and the smaller woodland beasts, such as squirrel, fox, and rabbit. The Heart Wood has many hamlets and villages scattered among its branches, in vales, groves, clearings and dales. The largest settlement within the woodland is the town of the same name, The Town of Heartwood (Eth Grod Avor Odror Dred in Dwarvish) which has grown along the banks of the Blue River, the river being almost a mile wide at this point, and is the main trading hub of the entire region.  
The Heartwood by Cory Winston
      
The River Widens by Leon Ephraim
   

The Town of Heartwood

Eth Grod Avor Odror Dred   The Town of Heartwood began as an Elven village of no great importance until the Dwarves of Clan Silverheart, of the Kingdom of HEART HOME sent diplomats to make an alliance for trade in foodstuff, including Grain, Fruit, Vegetables, and Meat for the riches of the mountains, Silver, Gold, Copper, Gems, and Iron. Many years have passed since this alliance began, and that Elven village is now a large town of mixed races, including Humans (Pelosians), Elves (Pelosi), Half-Elves, Dwarves (Hill), Gnomes (Forest), and Halflings.

Fauna & Flora

Flora

 
  • Grass (Scrub),
  • Pine Trees,
  • Birch Trees,
  • Spruce Trees,
  • Oak Trees,
  • Yew Trees,
  • Alder Trees,
  • Bushes,
  • Reeds (in the marshland areas),
  • Water plants,
  • Wild Root Vegetables,
  • Herbs,
  • Moss, and
  • Fungi
   

Fauna

 

Natural Resources

  • Fresh Water (Streams, Rivers, Lakes, and Pools),
  • Fish (Freshwater),
  • Bear fur, meat, teeth, and claws,
  • Boar skin (Hide), meat, and tusks,
  • Deerskin (Hide), milk, and meat,
  • Elk skin (Hide), meat, milk, and antlers,
  • Fox fur, meat, teeth, and claws,
  • Ram (Hide/Fleece), Meat, and Horns,
  • Sheep (Hide/Fleece), milk, and Meat,
  • Goat (Hide/fur), milk, and Meat,
  • Wild Fowl meat, eggs, and feathers,
  • Woodland Animals (Rabbit, Squirrel, etc),
  • Wolf fur, meat, teeth, and claws,
  • Berries,
  • Nuts,
  • Wild Root Vegetables,
  • Peat,
  • Bog Iron,
  • Reeds,
  • Water Plants,
  • Stone,
  • Timber,
  • Moss,
  • Fungi, and
  • Herbs.
The River Widens by Leon Ephraim
The Blue Mountains by Nicolas Prieto
     
River Rapids by Bruno Perrin
   
Hills with Flowing River by John Spencer
     
The Heartwood by Cory Winston
     
Deep Within the Heartwood by Bailey Kovac
     
Hills of Flowers by Matthew T Rader
Alternative Name(s)
The Blue River or Eth Bjar Hjodlik Jool (Dwarvish)
Type
River
Location under
Included Locations
Boar
Species | Feb 7, 2022
   
Brown Bear
Species | Feb 7, 2022
   
Black Bear
Species | Feb 4, 2022
   
Cave Bear
Species | Feb 4, 2022
   
Wolf
Species | Jan 30, 2022
   
Deer
Species | Nov 30, 2021
   
Elk
Species | Feb 8, 2022
   
Stag
Species | May 22, 2022
   
Fox
Species | Feb 11, 2022
   
Goat
Species | Feb 10, 2022
   
Mountain Goat
Species | Feb 10, 2022
   
Freshwater Fish
Species | Jan 11, 2022
   
Wild Fowl
Species | Mar 10, 2022
Goblinoids
Species | Jan 26, 2022
   
Hill Giant
Species | Feb 12, 2022
   
Trolls
Species | Jan 11, 2022
   
Orcs
Species | Feb 23, 2022

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19 May, 2022 22:02

Wouldn't look out of place in the Rockies, haha.

22 May, 2022 19:07

Your not wrong Colonel. Thanks for the Like/Fave.   Aemon

22 May, 2022 19:26

And since it's blue rock, blue rock elementals could be on the shore playing Blues Rock music, lol.

22 May, 2022 22:44

I love the attention to detail and majestic images. Makes me want to paint.

23 May, 2022 08:35

Thanks Attacus for the Like/Fave and your continued support. I'm glad the images make you feel like painting, they took me a while to find.   Aemon

24 May, 2022 05:25

They have the Middle-earth misty mountains vibe.

25 May, 2022 21:58

A very nice choice for images which gives me a good idea of how the river would look. Are the Orcs and such only a problem in the higher regions of the rivers or do they sometimes go into the heartwoord as well?

Feel free to check out my latest challenge article the Avaronian Empire if you want to see what I am up to!
26 May, 2022 00:49

The Orcs and Goblinoids can be found throughout the Mountains, Foothills, The Uplands/Highlands, and the Woodland.   Thanks Kef for the Like/Fave and the question.   Aemon

Grandmaster ChroniclesofEvalaw
Olarae & Astaroth Arcaine
28 May, 2022 12:20

I absolutely love the frontier vibes I am getting from this River, you really have painted and excellent picture of what the river would be like... and how you really would not want to fall into it! Plus, location name's in Dwarvish too is a great touch!

Dare you travel the sacred waters of the The Great Nirkana.? Our entry for the River Challenge. Tell us what you think!   Please check out our project Chronicles of Evalaw or come chat with us on our Discord Server!
28 May, 2022 22:44

Thank you very much for the nice comment and of course the Like/Fave, I really appreciate it.   I have been working on my Dwarvish language alongside this article so i thought i would add some as The Kingdom City of HEART HOME (Eth Kjarnarrik Baor avor ODROR ORHIM) is the main reason/center point of the river trade, and growth of The Town of Heartwood.   As Dwarves are one of my favourite races i have much still to write about The Clans, Histories, and the decline of some of the dwarven houses, it's a gradual process in worldbuilding as you know yourself. I really enjoyed reading your river challenge article, your CSS work, or BB code is excellent, i'd love my articles to look half as good as yours.   Aemon

16 Jun, 2022 16:06

I really love everything about this article. Great job!!

16 Jun, 2022 21:46

Thanks for the nice comment and the Like/Fave, I really appreciate it.   Aemon

16 Jun, 2022 23:59

Absolutely, you deserve it