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Drek-Ajikk Forest by Wrathofautumn Drek-Ajikk Forest by Wrathofautumn
Drek-Ajikk is mainly temperate rainforest, where water floods in from the sea very deep inland, except where the land elevates high enough where water doesn't reach. Most of the land is flat though because of Drek-Ajikk's larger size, resulting in a smaller planet crust along with low tetonic activity. Rainfall doesn't occur as much either, leaving large gaps in the canopies and lots of sunlight for slimy moss, vines and fungus to grow over foilage, rotting logs and anything stagnant. Even some Kannists sleeping overnight will find themselves covered in a blanket of fast growing moss.

The seas wash away a lot of the foilage and rotting plants into the sea, leaving behind a large amount of seashells, barnacles, fish bones, and old ship parts from ages ago. Much of the soil is a discolored sandy peach, while on higher ground it's a much deeper red. Gold Albacross love journeying to these forests during the flooding and lay their eggs here, and feed on the moss that grow around the only real plants that are survivors in this subaquatic environment.

The trees you see in the picture, the Snorkel Mahogany, is the dominant plant in this ecosystem. While early broadleaf deciduous and coniferous plants drowned out from the constant floodings, this tree survived, its tall roots piquing over the waters. They've become a common place for animals to make their homes in, including Kannists and Berserkers with their hanging villages. And the moss and vines especially take advantage of these trees, not to mention growing a unique fruit unlike what you'd see elsewhere.

The Scar Melon, the fruit of a parasite vine on the Snorkel Mahogany, is a special type of fruit adapted to the heavy gravity and the constant atmosphere of being eaten. Kannists and berserkers consider a delicious delicacy, and entire cookbooks have been written on preparing these wonderful fruits. It's attained a durable shell that can withstand deadly impact when falling to the forest floor and from teeth and piercing weapons. It's like taking a bite out of an oak tree. Their seeds are spread only after the fruit rots away or when a lucky predator comes along, eats it and then spreads their seeds from waste products.

While the rock worms and the wild butler wasp go on about its business, lurking in the trees lies an aggressive predator: the widow monkey. They attained their name as the males of their species are only used for mating and nourishment for the young. Distinct characteristics include multiple eyes resulting a larger depth perception, multiple arms for multitasking, tails for grasping onto stuff, and poison sacs contained within the jawbones. hunting in packs, they can take down the most dangerous of predators.

The Widow Monkey's poison is a protein based catalyst that oxidizes with metals and metalloids found in the body. Rockworms for instance, will feel incredible pain as the silicon in their bodies is turned to sand, exposing the delicate flesh for predators. Kannists will feel multiple symptoms, including sudden deficiency in potassium, sodium, blood clotting, strokes, cardiac arrests, all leading to death in a multitude of horrible symptoms. Luckily, an antivenin has been made, but Widow Monkeys are still a dangerous threat, known for their super aggressive behavior and territoriality. Any travelers venturing out into the woods are warned beforehand of the dangerous creatures, but they are more concerned about the King Iguana.

the King Iguana is a lizard of massive proportions, something you'd see on earth during prehistoric times. They are rather memorable for their attacks on tourists, being recognized by their pale green scale hide. They don't use any tricks or surprises during hunting. Instead, they use their horrible speed, sheer size and powerful jaws to get the job done. Their teeth are not sharp, though, more like railroad spikes. The King Iguana relies on a shaking strategy to tear the prey into small enough pieces, even to where they'll slam them into trees. If that's not bad enough, they're also very good swimmers! O.o There have been reports of boat attacks by these monsters when it floods, mistaking it for a giant golden albacross.

Fortunately, however, King Iguanas have poor stamina and find the taste of Kannist clothing awful. They'll usually drop them after some nasty shaking and walk away, looking for a more refined meal. Also, King Iguanas have no eyelids and are frightened easily by loud noises, such as fireworks. If ever encountering a King Iguana, the wilderness survival guide will state to equip a flare gun, as it will not only blind the creature, but make it run the opposite direction of you.

Wow...what a mouthful! Can you tell I did some research on this? :D C&C well appreciated!
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