Vista River

Vista is the biggest river in the Kingdom of Piast and serves as its main trade route. Both the country's capital of Eagle's Nest and the main trade port of Morskograd are located on the banks of Vista. Barges going down the river are very common sight. Back up the river they are towed by men or small river boats.

Let's go, men! We need to tow that barge to Eagle's Nest before the end of the week!
— Overseer of towpath pullers

Geography

Vista runs from south towards the north. It starts in the Great Mountains in the north and flows into the sea in the north. It becomes navigable about half way to the sea, when its first tributary joins in about 100 km before Eagle's Nest.

Ecosystem Cycles

The Vista River freezes over every year in early winter and stays frozen to the early or mid spring. The layer of ice is about 30 cm thick. At the mouth, where river flows into the sea and mixes with salt water, the ice is thinner. During the winter months, the barges used by merchants are replaced with sleds. In those months, the city of Morskograd also builds an additional "harbour" further from the city. The regular barge harbour is close to the sea and the salt water doesn't allow the water to freeze.

Localized Phenomena

Though Vista is navigable for some time south of Eagle's Nest, not many people travel there by river or close to it. There are stories of water monsters living in that area and consuming travellers. People are saying of massive fish-lizard hybrids rising from the river and laying waste to its surroundings. As the result, area around that part of the river is lifeless for many kilometers. Trees are just dry trunk, grass died long ago leaving the sun-dried soil exposed.

No one really knows why the monsters have never travelled north and devoured Eagle's Nest. The most probable explanation is the existance of some sort of a magical barrier exisiting in the water that stops them. However, no one was able to find that barrier and only one written source mentions its creation.

No, Mieszko! You're not going south! It's too dangerous to look for the barrier!
— A wizard to his apprentice

Fauna & Flora

Fish

  • Pike
  • Zander
  • Perch
  • Catfish
  • Roach
  • Coastal Fauna

  • Beaver
  • Grey heron
  • Coastal Flora

  • Reed
  • Many kinds of trees
  • Most of the flora is located on the west bank of the river. The east bank has been heavily modified by humans and has a towpath along the whole length of the river between Eagle's Nest and Morskograd.

    Natural Resources

    Vista's abundance of fish is exploited by people living on its both banks. Next to the barges going up and down the river, one can see smaller fishing boats as well as people fishing from the shores. The fish are sold in Eagle's Nest, Morskograd and other cities, towns and villages of the kingdom. The local zander is particularly enjoyed by people.

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    Barges

    The barges are wooden flat-bottomed vessels that travel downstream by itself, but need to be towed upstream. The wealthier merchants have tugboats that pull the barges both ways. However, the majority of merchants has to hire a team of puller when their barge is returning to Eagle's Nest. In the past, those pullers were just villagers and poor inhabitants of Morskgrad. As time passed, it became a more regulated profession. There are teams of pullers, each with an overseer, and the men are paid well for their work.

    Related Reading

    Eagle's Nest
    Settlement | Apr 22, 2022

    Capital of the Kingdom of Piast

    Morskograd
    Settlement | Apr 21, 2022
    Kingdom of Piast
    Organization | Apr 18, 2022

    A major country in the northeastern part of Istroya



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    3 May, 2022 17:24

    I like the vibe of the dangers to the south. Feels like it could be a legit monster infestation, a wild rumor that's treated as fake, or maybe a combo of both!   ----------------------------------------------------------------   Feel free to check out my Rivers/Waterways entry: Loch Mesner

    3 May, 2022 21:31

    Thank you! This is what I wanted to achieve!

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    4 May, 2022 19:14

    That dead area sounds neat. Could it be a person who just doesn't want to be around people? Do they keep a monster as a pet/guardian that caused the destruction? Or is it just the symptoms of a slowly dying world??? This conjures so many possible images in my mind!!   I also like that you've linked other articles, with more detail to dig into with the world that surrounds it!

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    The Ravmor cuts through the dense Aristosa forest. Hiding terrifying monsters beneath its deep, fast currents, and ignoring forgotten legends could end the world around it.
    4 May, 2022 22:18

    Thank you

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    7 May, 2022 15:37

    Nice article, and I like the mystery of the monsters and who put the barrier up to protect Eagle's Nest. Questions: Does the entire river freeze over in the winter? Do the people of Piast use draft animals to pull the barges or is it all people?

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    7 May, 2022 17:25

    Mostly people pull the barges. Yes, most of theriver freeze over. The only exception is the mouth of the river where the salt water of the sea prevent freezing

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    9 May, 2022 23:37

    I want to hunt monsters!!! o,o And dig out ice to store in basements without angry merchants nagging me about roadbumps for their sleds. -,-

    10 May, 2022 09:35

    Thank you for the comment!

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    12 May, 2022 19:26

    Interesting read with some bit of mystery at the end! Also quite fun that they use sleds during the winter :D Must be quite a cool view to see so many.

    Feel free to check out my River challenge article and my Secrets in the swamp Adventure article if you want to see what I am up to!
    12 May, 2022 21:19

    Thank you. Yes, it must be a cool view

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