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Khogate reigns here

Deep in the center of northern Khogate lies the sacred grounds of Dire kinfolk. Hardly well developed, Tal'Tuk is a moving city situated upon a network of ephemeral dwellings crafted into dense treetops. A web of dirt roadways, paved by the feet of its inhabitants, seem to funnel those who seek ritual, worship, knowledge and lore towards the ever revolving heartland.
This is the way of the Gods' Wolves.

Tal'tuk is said to be where the Old Gods came to rest, sacrificing themselves to Yggdrasil to give birth to the Dire. The Dire drawn to this place are said to carry the Old God's blood more than others.

"There is no home without heart. There is no heart without Tal'Tuk." — Akando, First War-chief.
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Within the very heart of underground Tal'Tuk lies the shrine that the indigenous Dire work endlessly to protect from outside contamination and the constant threat of magic abuse. Héilta lies in very center of the Wa'Tasi Temple, through all the traps and riddles and mazes that are best traversed by native Dire and none else. Pure, pristine and untouched by outer influences, Héilta Shrine is a place where Magic thrives in excess, the very air thick with life and mystical presence. It is here, in the gardens that rest over the carved relics of the shrine itself, that only Tal'Tuk's appointed Chosen are considered clean enough to enter without causing detriment to its harmony.

The shrine is rumored to have once been an ancient city of those who have lived long before even the humans themselves, for buildings can easily be distinguished from the lush vines and greenery that overflow. True to their nature, Khogate has refused to make changes to this place, going only as far as to place lanterns in the moist soil to light their paths as they move through. The Sovereign is the only one allowed to enter the very heart of Héilta Shrine, and does so to perform rituals that consists of unspoken things.

"What resides deep within the Shrine protects all living things. And we must defend it even if it means we must outright kill those who try to taint it." – Il'Vashane, former Tal'Tuk Apostle.
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At the very edge of the mountainous northwest coast lies The Watch, aptly named for its level ground and high altitude. From here many have taken up their calling to carefully watch both the waters and distant Dorsum coasts for any hostile movement. The winds, geological placement and other such forces at work make this place a prime area for Khogate's protectors to apply their honed senses along with nature's provided assistance in order to act as effective patrols.

Here they make their homes, a peaceful village consisting of only strong beings dedicated to keep Humans under careful watch should ships or any such attempts be made towards Khogate soil. With scopes at their disposal to see easily across the waters, the watchers are Khogate's second line of defense in case those watching from Amisooku Mountains fail to notice movement. Those who dwell here as watchers are rumored to be powerful, gifted former warriors and hunters who have met tragedies so great that they are often left grounded away from the battlefield.

"Humans are only trustworthy when you either watch them or you put a spear through their skulls." – Kin'shall, The Watchman.

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Where the lush, humid forests thin out into relics and treasures are where Tal'Tuk gives away to the Wa'Tasi Temple. Precisely carved with tools that rival even Human design, the temple is hard to discern from the heavy forest itself, making it elusive and its traps are often lethal the moment a misstep is taken.

Contraptions are built within it, from arrow traps to pitfalls and the like. Most Dire are wise enough to avoid this place as surely it is not for them. The Sovereign and their Apostles are currently the only ones who can maneuver it without fail, as though The Wood itself guides their feet to safety.

"Why do we protect the temple this way? If you've ever been inside, you know that it can definitely protect itself." – Te'ci, The Innocent.
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The massive body of freshwater centered slightly north in Khogate is known as the Kok’ari Falls. Being the largest body of freshwater in Khogate, it is a staple landmark for all natives. The pristine drinkable water is constantly circulated by multiple falls which prevent stagnation, and its lengths below teem with a myriad of fish and crustacean. From its body it distributes its resources to the rest of Khogate in narrow channels like veins, which gives it the apt title of "Khogate's Heart." Animals and hunters alike flock here for its paradise, hunting grounds and lovely climate. With a lush field and forest surrounding it, Kok’ari Falls is an ideal place to forage, fish and rest.

It is said that the fish here are of the best size, health and succulence, and therefore many hunters travel a long way to procure from the falls and return home with their catches. As it is nearest to Tal'Tuk, its natives consider Kok’ari Falls as their responsibility to ensure that hunters and foreigners do not disturb or damage the environment by overfishing.

"Good water, good food...what more could you want?" — Kanoshi, The Hunter Queen.
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Pewter Sky
May 29 2020, 11:44 PM by Nyala
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Separating Ti'Shina Wilds from the rest of the continent are the Amisooku Mountains, a sporadic band of mountains of varying size. Mostly known not only for their endemic ecosystems but their impressive acoustics, it is said with certainty that a howl at the highest peaks can be heard from here to Tal'Tuk. These unique acoustics are used by natives to alert and take entire control of Khogate in case an unexpected invasion by either Humans or Eximius arise.

The common humidity of Khogate diminishes exponentially the higher one scales the mountains. With sturdy footing of stone and minuscule fields along their faces, the majority of the mountains are easily crossed by even the least experienced of natives, though foreigners may easily be disoriented by the constant shifting of the hardened winds. In the winter, the Amisooku Mountains become a lovely white adornment that can be seen from anywhere on the island.

"From here you can see where the Humans dwell; we watch and we wait, for we no more trust them to stay at bay than we trust any other disease." — Kin'shall, The Watchman.
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The Food Chain
Apr 12 2020, 11:47 PM by Ivandriel
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Within the far eastern coast of Khogate lies the concave known as Manago Cove. With the island walls riddled in caverns, the cove's territory easily travels deeper than one might expect. The caverns that feed into the island from Manago Cove are said to travel deep; winding like channels before meeting up into a wide clearing below the surface. With perils vast and pitfalls many, it is heavily advised for natives to keep not only clear, but be mindful of dangerous wildlife or outcasts who hide just out of sight.

The waters of Manago Cove are brilliant and mild, making it one of the safest places to dock ships when coming in from the wild seas. For natives nearby, it is an excellent place to scour, for many things wind up washed upon its smooth, tame beach. While its allure is far more than tempting, elders make an effort to warn the reckless not to go alone.

"So much to see! So many things come by here, and I wonder what lives their owners led and if they still lead them. So WHAT if it's dangerous? Nothing bad's happened yet!" — Te'ci, The Innocent.
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The Garden of Temptation
Aug 16 2020, 11:43 AM by Everett
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The massive southeastern region is aptly named after the Dire term "Ti'Shina," which roughly translates as something or someplace that provides a worthy, formidable and satisfying hunt. It has been named so for the sheer size of its forest--very easily the largest on the island and one of the largest in Gil'ead itself. Ti'Shina grows on a gradient, with the bottom half of its region a thick, dark forest full of venomous perils and minuscule prey hiding behind walls of poisonous thorns. The northern half, however, is entirely different, for it is far more welcoming and contains rolling hills, neat forests and stampedes of hoofed prey, wild horses and other creatures that Khogate's natives tame as hunting partners. Ti'Shina Wilds is the staple area for all to hunt if they truly wish to be challenged by healthy, thriving prey.

It is here that many youth are taken to either hone or prove themselves by trial. Though Ti'Shina Wilds is another large landmark aside Kok'ari Wilds, Ti'Shina needs no protection from overhunting, as it is quicker to replenish itself than hunters are to drain it. This impressive ability is what makes it one of the most popular places on Khogate in which to hunt.

"There is no need to mother these wilds like a child, for it will not only care for itself...but if you are not the utmost careful, it will take care of you as well." — Minksa, Master Hunter.
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Aim For The Kill
Mar 26 2020, 10:17 PM by Ivandriel
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