Chishün Forest

Be safe in there. Keep an eye to the sky and the north stars, avoid any bears or glowing deer, and don't. eat. anything.
Chishün Forest is a large forest located in Central Thurásin, at the foothills of the eastern Dividing Mountains. It obscures large parts of the border between Ibza Xüfonz and Dätsalöl, and has caused a few small arguments over the years.

Flora and Fauna

Chishün Forest is home to many diverse species of flora and fauna. It is one of the main habitats for the fearsome Kostra Bear, as well as housing many Minor Dragons. While most creatures found in the forest can be found throughout Thurásin, there are some that are very rare outside of it, notably the glowing deer and horned raven. The former resembles most deer, but bearing brightly coloured bioluminescent spots on its back, which bely its poisonous nature. The latter uses the horn on the top of its beak to gouge into tree bark for bugs, and to attack rivals.   The flora of the forest is a mix of deciduous and evergreen, and is very dense with trees and shrubbery. The many berries and fungi of Chishün are renowned for their hallucinogenic properties, though some are poisonous in addition to this. A type of tree nearly unique to Chishün is the so-called Wish Tree, an "evergreen" with glossy purple leaves and a vibrant red wood, which grows pale pink flowers in spring and apple-like fruits during early autumn.
Alternative Name(s)
Chixashünmä Forest

Smuggler's Pass

Due to Chishün's position on the border of Ibza Xüfonz and Dätsalöl, and the difficulty in policing its leafy depths, it is frequently used as a road for smuggling goods. However, this thickness is also its greatest danger, and it is not unheard of for people to enter the forest and never emerge. It is recommended to never enter alone, and leave markers that can be followed out.
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Cover image: Forest by Alex Mihis


Author's Notes

This article was written for the "Describe a location in your world that is brimming with diverse or bizarre flora and fauna" prompt of Summer Camp 2020!

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Grandmaster Serukis
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
20 Jul, 2020 16:38

I love the little teases of some of the flora and fauna here. I'd love an article about the glowing deer in the future! :D

Emy x