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Rivers and Lakes of the Stolen Lands
Rivers of the Stolen Lands
The Greenbelt is crisscrossed by countless nameless streams, but the rivers found there bear special mention.
Bone River: Named for the fossils of some nameless primordial beast that line the cliff faces near the river’s source, the Bone River is a small river lined with rapids and gravel banks that slow its flow. The Bone River averages around 10 feet deep, and is around 60 feet across.
Gudrin River: The waters of this river are unusually clear; the river itself runs slow and deep, averaging 450 feet across and 150 feet deep at the deepest point.
Little Sellen River: The offshoot of the East Sellen river that branches further east at Mivon is known as the Little Sellen for its relatively narrow width; this river averages
90 feet across and 20 feet deep.
Murque River: This slow-moving river is bordered on both banks by strips of swampy land that effectively double the river’s 100-foot width. The river itself is only 10 feet deep, and its slowly-moving waters are thick with algae and silt.
Shrike River: Splitting from the Little Sellen, the Shrike is named for the numerous flocks of birds that nest along its length. Averaging 300 feet wide and sometimes reaching depths of 60 feet or more, the Shrike would make an excellent trade route between Berovy and the southern lands, were it not for a pair of 30-foot-high waterfalls that make safe river travel impossible between the two points.
Skunk River: The unfortunate combination of algae and bubbling geothermal hot springs along the Skunk River give it a distinctively unpleasant scent of rotten eggs. This river averages 100 feet wide and 30 feet deep.
Thorn River: The banks of the Thorn River are thick with stinging nettles and tangles of sharp brambles. The river itself is relatively narrow, averaging 60 feet in width and 30 feet deep.
Lakes of the Stolen Lands
The Tuskwater is a brown, rocky lake in the Stolen Lands, surrounded by cliffs and steep hills. Nearly every river in the Kamelands lead, inevitably, to the Tuskwater. Sounders of boars frequently visit its shores and favor the thick briars and berry tangles between its western shore and the forest, these beasts granting the great arching body its name. The lake experiences seasonal floods, brought on by the spring thaw, spilling out into the swamplands along its length to the west. These floods create great seasonal marshes that explode the local populations of mosquitoes, stirges, snakes, and assassin vines.
At its depths, the Tuskwater is bountiful, roiling with pike, longnose gar, bluegill, and fanged eels. The eels in particular are heavily valued, considered a rare delicacy on the tables of New Stetven and greater Brevoy, and the fisherman who plumb the depths of the lake are slow to give up the secrets of avoiding their vicious bites, and grasping their slippery skins.
The lake known as Candlemere is notorious in the Stolen Lands for being haunted. Stories from fishermen, explorers, bandits, and tradesmen alike support these legends with eerie tales of strange lights dancing upon the waters, blood-curdling cries from what could be lost souls, and mysterious sightings of shapes rippling in the lake’s dark waters.
Lake Silverstep, so named for the legend that its waters filled the footprint of a great silver wyrm ages ago is the cleanest and clearest source of water in the Stolen Lands. It draws from numerous streams falling into the lake from the steep tors to the east. Because of this, the eastern side of the lake is a locale of great beauty, featuring numerous waterfalls and cascades, with willows, reeds, and lilies laid over great canopies of moss. Numerous caverns lie beneath the eastern falls, and legend has them filled with gems and silver.
Deep and snaking, the murky gray-green waters of Lake Hooktongue slither through the northern bogs that make up Hooktongue Slough. Some might say that the lake and the slough are one and the same, Lake Hooktongue merely forming the deepest reaches with the surrounding swamps and their ever-changing runnels, mounds of damp earth, and boggy plants connecting to form a single massive, shallow body. Hidden almost completely by the pike-like hemlock and moody willow trees that flourish in the swampy surroundings, only the lake’s westernmost shore emerges from the bog, presenting a pebbled beach patrolled by legions of geese and egrets.
The deep, murky waters of Lake Hooktongue make up the largest body of water in the Stolen Lands and serve as the heart of Hooktongue Slough. Countless minor rivers and streams wind through the swamp into this lake, the surface of which is usually rather calm and serene. The lake itself is quite deep, reaching a depth of 900 feet in several places. Yet the lake has a sinister reputation, for many believe it to be the lair of an ancient water orm named Hooktongue—the same creature that gives its name to both the lake and the surrounding swampland. Said to resemble an immense black snake with jaws strong enough to carry a bear and a back decorated with razor-sharp fins, Hooktongue hasn’t been spotted in the lake for nearly a decade.