A particularly mountainous area, Oaken Rift was the site of The Light fall on Daxu. It was also the home of many of the original Sky Elf settlements, as the Light brought air currents to the world the Sky Elves found it a particularly convenient area to live in as they were able to launch themselves from various high perches and soar across the forest. Some of the highest mountains are devoid of trees and here the Sky Elves made their home, glittering towers of marble and glass like glorious pearl nests where they could survey the entire forest from high. It also served as an early warning for anyone coming through the light. Many a traveller would materialise from Light fall and suddenly find legions of sky elves soaring in above them having launched themselves off the cliffs above. Now Oaken rift is just another area of Daxu, the mountains providing a ready rich source of stone and ores have become heavily industrialised. Oaken Rift is seen as a running joke with the peoples of Daxu, every year the city grows a little larger and takes over a bit more of the forest. So much so that one of the lower tier jobs available to unskilled menials is as a member of the so called 'Burn Gangs', these people are drafted in to burn back the forest with flame, defoliant and hydraulic axe. These gangs burn back the forest to maintain a gap around the city and allow areas for developers to build into. Due to the vicious nature of the flora and fauna around the city the first step of making the land safe for building is usually the introduction of one of the great Progress Class Land Clearance Vehicle. These particular devices are let loose on the burnt down ground to churn up any roots and extract the first 10 metres of soil around the area, this is then filled in with concrete to stop the plants growing back and seal any nests of underground predators.
Fauna & Flora
Inside the city the only flora and fauna available are imported from other areas and planets for exhibit in the zoos and indoor gardens. Outside the city is some of the harshest forest on Daxu, this may be a byproduct of the Light fall but it cannot be proven, here you can watch the vines grow back day by day, the burn-gangs are in almost constant operation to keep the plants at bay.
The mountain ranges are a great source of rocks for grinding up for concrete, there are various ore veins running through and under the range providing a decent supply of common metals. There is also a good import of wood from the forest area around the city.
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