The Mightiest Roar

"It's been a decade since I've been there, yet I can still feel the deafening roar of the water creeping into my bones, I can still remember being breathless at the sight of it. Some days, out of nowhere, I remember suddenly that while we are sleeping, while we are working, dining and resting, that thing is there, making that sound"
— Naelin
  Around the Toxapactos River, in the north area of Karte island, grows the biggest expanse of white forest of the archipelago: A very particular biome characterized by soil that does not allow the growth of green plants, and instead grows a dense flora of white plants, with its fauna adapted to it, being the main reason why there are many white-coloured creatures populating the mostly warm climate of the archipelago.   While the forest, known as the Chalk Expanse, is already an astoundingly beautiful place visited by many people every year, the depths of it hide one of the most impressive natural wonders of the archipelago:
As one gets closer through precarious wooden runways and bridges, a small rumble gets more and more intense, until it becomes almost deafening. Then the thick forest comes to a full stop, as it meets the Toxapactos river on a sharp curve where it widens, and then finds a massive, semi-circular fall with 90-meters tall walls: The river engulfs this canyon and its water clashes against itself as it falls, echoing on the rocky walls and raising thick, white steam from down below.   A long, thin bridge that ends on a balcony close to the falls has been carefully built by the Kartians to visit the place, and many people travel for days, even from different islands, just to see it.   Its visitors say that even after having seen the beautiful sights that you find on your way through the Chalk Expanse to get there, the vision and sound of the massive waterfall will change something deep inside of you. They say you will see the steam rising from the throat of the canyon as a million souls escaping into the air, and that you will feel the rumble on your bones and your knees will get weak at the sight. They say that, on some calm cloudy days, the foam and steam of the waters melt on the distance with the intensely white forest and the vast sky, making you feel intoxicated with a landscape in which you cannot distinguish shapes. They say that the roar will live inside of you for the rest of your life.
by Jonatan Lewczuk
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The Haan Archipelago
Portrait of Danae, a holding his peace bird pen and a book containing a map
Danae by Naelin
The cartographer Danae from the City of Birdland in Thaur was commissioned to draw a map of the Haan Archipelago for the second edition of The Book of the Habits and Beasts, published in the 3rd of Birthing, 3 E.Ru.   Danae took advantage of the enclyclopaedia's team of researchers to gather precise information and went himself into research expeditions to survey remote areas. His work resulted in what is considered the most accurate and widespread map of the Archipelago to this day, which details even most of the coasts of the Savage Isles.

Cover image: White Forests by Naelin


Author's Notes

If you ever come to visit Argentina, please don't miss the Throat of the Devil.

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Luca Poddighe
17 Jan, 2021 14:17

Beautiful waterfall!!! May be when pandemic will be over we can visit the Throat of the Devil... It sounds interesting!

17 Jan, 2021 14:57

I hope you do! It's not a coincidence that the quote has my name on it :p

Luca Poddighe
18 Jan, 2021 09:42

At the moment, I feel like I prefer to take on a day at a time... And I haven't had any big troubles :D

18 Jan, 2021 09:50

Don't listen to my husband, plan all the holidays! :P

Luca Poddighe
18 Jan, 2021 10:14

To be fair I would love to see Patagonia too... it holds a special charm to me...

18 Jan, 2021 12:25

You two are adorable. Come visit one day, before I end up going to visit you instead

Luca Poddighe
18 Jan, 2021 12:30

You are very welcome as soon as a bit of safety comes back to this crazy world... This way I can put to test my spanish too, but I tell you: prepare for the worse...

17 Jan, 2021 18:04

Beautiful article and the quote is perfect. I hope we'll have the chance to visit the real one one day.

18 Jan, 2021 12:25

Thank you Krosss <3 I hope you do :)

20 Jan, 2021 13:01

I love the quote! It really breathes life into the waterfall. I can imagine it vividly. :D I also really love the sound of the Chalk Expanse.   I'd love to visit Argentina one day! :D

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