Athena - From The Ashes
Longest North-South Stretch: 400 miles
Longest West-East Stretch: 375 miles
Area of Rainforest: 112’500 square miles
Inarguably the largest patch of rainforest in the world, Cerberus Forest is not for the faint of heart. Many a man and mer have wandered into the forest only never to return, becoming either lost, trapped, dying of diseases, taken a misstep or even simply devoured by the local wildlife. More recently one can account the increase of dissapearances due to the population boom of bandits.
The Cerberus Forest has never been fully explored, the only parts having been properly marked being the major rivers, Lake Cyrena and the numerous plateaus that dot the landscape (acting almost like observation points). When one is able to look past the sheer number of ways the forest can kill the unwary explorer, Cerberus Forest is an amazing sight to see. After a session of heavy rainfall (extremely common), during the hours of dawn and dusk one can observe curtains of mist billowing up from the tops of the trees (mixed with clouds of insects of course). Other events also provide fascinating spectacles that keep drawing bumbling tourists back, despite the dangers (as long as they remember to take precautions, most of them survive).
Another piece of information about this forest is the fact that the average tree density increases the further one goes into the forest, it’s peak reaching at a relative circular area near the mass centre of the forest (aptly dubbed the “Heart of Cerberus”). Not many records exist of this area and most adventurer or explorer parties never reach this far. There are however rumors circulating population centres that there are secrets that even Cerberus does not wish for any to know of.
The forest floor is almost always wet with rain and moisture and receives a very small amount of sunlight per square foot, meaning patches of the ground where sunlight does shine often is covered with assorted flora and other places provide great areas for fungi to florish, with shrubs and vines growing almost everywhere. Most of the fauna encountered on the forest floor are quite docile, however they are quick to react to any creature that approaches (the usual reaction is to flee from predators). Even the predators are quite curious to outsiders (such as man or mer), prefering not to attack unknown prey unless provoked or they are particuarly hungry. One could argue that the only thing that is keeping the bandit population in check is the local wildlife population.
Most of the forest’s more “successful” predators do not roam the forest floors; instead, they use the densely packed and thick branches of the canopy trees as walkways from place to place. This is, of course, extremely dangerous for the untrained (easy access is provided by almost all tree trunks being covered in thick vines sturdy enough to climb) as the branches sway with the wind and are almost always slick with moisture. Therefore a large amount of the predators that dominate the tree-tops are jungle cats, who contest with the vegetarian apes that keep to the trees.
Average height of broadleaf trees: 12 ft.
Average height of canopy tree branches: 40 ft.
Average height of canopy trees: 100 ft.
Average height of emergence trees: 190 ft.
Average height of plateaux: 220 ft.
Average temperature during day: 29 C
Average temperature during night: 10 C
Average humdity: 85%