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Coastal Pilitak

Coastal Pilitak is cold and dry. Summers are cool at best and winters are bitterly cold. The snowfall is only half that of other coastal areas but whiteout conditions are possible even without a snowfall currently happening. Instead of falling from the sky, snow that had already fallen is swept up in gale force winds. If blinding wind was not bad enough, during the winters frozen fog hangs in the air around the cliffs and over the plains, obscuring one's vision and disorienting them. Not a great vacation destination.
Falling just inside the bounds of the arctic circle, Pilitak is a harsh land composed of extremes and sharp contrasts. From tundra fields to the rocky bluffs to the frigid waters there are few friendly places to be found in the region. The tiny outpost by the sea is a sight for sore eyes, particularly for the many people who have been lost in the surrounding area.
  • Walrus Beach - Named for its primary residents. Walruses cluster on the rocky shoreline to breed and birth their pups. These humungous seals are a primary food source for the locals and a huge draw to visitors. Other animals inhabit the shores of the rocky beach such as marine birds and other seals. Polar bears also have been known to patrol the shores in search of something to eat.
  • The Bluffs - A sharp contrast to the often flat landscape. In thick fog which often rolls off the water, it can become impossible to see where the drop-off is. A tumble over the end of the bluffs could send someone falling hundreds of feet into the rough ocean waters where they are often dashed against the rocks below. Birds nest all along the bluffs during the summer months and make for easy pickings for all sorts of animals, tokotas included. On clear days the bluffs make an excellent vantage point. At the tallest peak, one can see far down the beach in either direction.
  • Pilitak Outpost - Nestled in a flat area between two large bluffs, the Outpost is right up on the water and acts as one of the most northerly stops for both seafarers (at least while the ice hasn't formed yet!) and land travelers alike. The people of the Outpost are serious and sensible. They will not leave someone out in the cold but they do expect something in return for what they give. The houses are brightly colored and are a stark contrast to the drab landscape that surrounds them. When it is dark for nearly 3 months out of the year a bit of brightness is much appreciated. Winters freeze the water for miles out rendering the Outpost into a landlocked settlement
  • Myths surrounding the sea are plentiful here. It is believed that in the early days of the world a pack of tokotas were driven into the sea by hunger where they turned to orcas. Locals cite this as the reason why orcas hunt in packs similarly to tokotas.
  • Dense fog often covers the area. It is not hard for someone to wander over the bluffs. Chances of survival are slim given the drop-offs are either right up against the sea or have rocky beaches below.
  • It gets cold. Very, very cold. During intense cold spells staying out in the open spells certain death.
  • Visitors to the area once believed inhaling the frozen fog would cause the shards to destroy their lungs. This has since been proved false, but some cling to the myth and caution against wandering into the fog.
  • During the spring and summer the ice breaks up on the water and becomes unstable. It's ill-advised to go out onto the ice during spring melts unless strictly necessary. At the same time, sea travel is dangerous while the ice is forming for breaking up as ships or wayward swimmers can get caught and crushed.

  • Original location inspiration by Clockrobber
    Location art by USERNAME