War of Winds
The Featherwood spans from the edge of the Machinist’s forest down the eastern lands of Pardeux almost all the way to the Golden Sea, blanketing 332,800 acres of the east in woodland. In the woods are several species of flowering trees as well as bushes, creating quite the colorful sight in spring and summer. Even in autumn, there are late blooming flowers and the changing leaves. Paired with many streams and small lakes, the landscape is quite beautiful, attracting many artists seeking inspiration and other tourists. The woods also contains the Miles River, named not for its length, but its width, which runs right through Sarka. There are few bridges that stretch across the mile wide river, usually accompanied by small towns or villages.
In addition to the colorful flora, there are innumerable birds and other feathered creatures that inhabit the woods, hence the namesake. From the smallest hummingbirds to the fearsome peryton that nest in the nearby mountains. Due to the latter, those who settle in the Featherwood tend to cut down as few trees as possible to keep the larger predators at bay, though proud hunters often seek them out. The royal family of Duldahn has even put the metallic feathers of an eala on their crown to boast the strength of their early ancestors who travelled through the woods to reach the mountains they would carve.
Despite the natural beauty of the Featherwood, there is a surprisingly low fey presence. Many speculate that the woodland was once under the protection of a unicorn, which brought about the first bloom and planted seedlings for the coming years. Yet if that was the case the divine creature has long since abandoned the lands, proven by the fact a campfire in the woods can be lit just as easily as anywhere else in Pardeux. The woods are well traversed and some locals even make a living guiding travelers around to see the sights, but it is not without risk. To the unprepared, the Featherwood is as dangerous as it is beautiful.