The Thrundank is a large black water swamp that encompasses the headwaters of the Darkwater River through a series of streams. A long sweeping arc of a tall ridge called Trail Ridge keeps the Thrundank from spreading farther inland. This ridge is over a hundred miles long and the trail upon it is mostly used by caravans of non-human folk coming to trade with the human kingdom of Miribex. The earliest known people to have lived in The Thrundank were the Timukua, a race of cat folk of dark gold fur and even darker blue box shaped spots. It is they who collect the strange hard and brittle mushrooms that only grow on trees in The Thrundank. These mushrooms are called chakka and earn the Timukua great prices from mages and alchemists. The Timukua have their permanent villages along the swamp-side of Trail Ridge. Back in the days when Blackstone was more of a riverman's camp than a town, a large caravan traded its way along Trail Ridge to the largest Timukua village, Zuwannee. Once in the middle of the village, they launched a terrible attack in an attempt to slaughter the ruling elders and chiefs gathered there for the festive annual Timukua Rendezvous. The Timukua managed to drive the attackers out of the village but were surrounded. Children, ignored by the attackers, escaped and made a daring trek through the swamp to Blackstone. They begged the humans for aid. Blackstone took their river boats through The Thrundank, guided by the Timukua children, and attacked the besieging raiders. Their arrival with boat-mounted ballistas, turned the siege into a rout as the Timukua swarmed out to attack as well. This also brought Blackstone and the Timukua to friendlier terms. With these friendlier relations, Blackstone was able to start logging cypress trees, though never more than they needed to make one keelboat a year. In return for the lumber from these trees, they gave the cones, bark, and drained sap to the Timukua so both peoples could profit from the loss of a tree. The Timukua determined which trees were to be cut and taken to Waycross, a boat yard built in the swamp when this agreement was made. In the last three years a tribe of Nisslings, a warm blooded little croc folk with wings, have moved into The Thrundank. Very few in Blackstone know about them, but they seem to be on friendly terms with the Timukua. Recently, there has been the growing threat of the Bogrunners, a band of river pirates attacking Blackstone boats and trying to sneak into The Thrundank. Why is very much a mystery.
Flora Cypress trees, Chakka Brinevine: a very large mound of tangled vines and leaves that can wander freely. It poses as a mound above the water waiting for the unwary to settle on it. It then attacks with its vines, snaring its victims as it drags them to a great thorny maw to imprison them while its roots drain them of all fluids.
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