Friday, March 02, 2012

Kindattu Mountains

The Kindattu Mountains run like a braided wall right through the middle of the Hamazi region. They also serve to neatly separate the original hamazin homeland in the canyonlands and Hallashu Basin from their later territories in huge Indash basin. The mountains are rugged and high glacially carved granite peaks and domes, with a few semi-active volcanos spread through them here and there... although there hasn't been an eruption worth noting in over a century. A number of climate and foliage "zones" exist across the mountain range, depending on elevation, but it is especially famous for its pinyon pines, junipers, and ponderosa forests, as well as groves of ancient bristlecone pines and giant sequoias.

There are some iron mines, but mostly the mountains are bare of minerals useful to people. Logging, however, is an important industry, as well as hunting and trapping. For the most part, the Kindattu Mountains are wild and uninhabited.

A number of important battles have been fought here in the years since the dissolution of the Baal Hamazi empire. A force of Simashki and Ishkurian soldiers ambushed a would-be conquering army from Baal Ngirsu. This major victory kept the Ngirsans on the east side of the mountains and established the effective maximum reach of their forces, as well as propelling the alliance (and subsequent prosperity and dominance of the southern Indash shoreline and Palar River valley) between Ishkur and Simashki.

There are persistant rumors that the mountains are in fact inhabitated, however, by a population of mysterious, hairy man-like creatures called sasquatches. While sightings and trace evidence of these creatures are popular as folklore, the reality is that they have not really been substantiated, and exactly who (if anyone) or what is responsible for the sightings is debatable. In the academic halls of Simashki, the intelligentsia have a number of theories ranging from alpine apes of some kind, to Neanderthals, to a small population of changelings unrelated those of the more southerly Bisbal and Shifting Forests.

Of course, those not of the intelligentsia elite have a variety of even more fanciful explanations.

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