The Red Forest
AboutAn unnatural and stunning landmark located within the country of Shikahn, the Red Forest is the result of the endemic corruption of the area due to Celestial magic. Thousands of years ago, the Elder Gods did battle against a Celestial attempting to usurp the planet from the control of the Celestial Fate. Though the Gods were able to beat this Interloper back, when its right antler was severed and fell to the ground, it landed at the top of one of the mountains of the landmass that would be Shikahn. The antler fell into the source of the Taito river, the Celestial magic within it leeching into the earth and water.
Initially, the Celestial killed all that it touched, destroying all organic life along the Taito. The Celestial settled in the ground and seemed to go dormant. However, as life attempted to repopulate the ravaged landscape, the Celestial suddenly reappeared and latched onto all organic material it could. It twisted the life in the area to something far more similar to the planet the Celestials hail from. Any trees within the area of corruption grew bone white with bright red leaves, all grasses grew red and acidic. Golden fruits, filled with Celestial magic grew on vines, and black lilies with bright red stems sprout here and there. Celestial Beasts, deadly horned beings appearing to be made of living opal and Celestial magic appeared, masked like the Celestials who control the planet.