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A STUDY ON THE FLORA AND FAUNA 

OF LAKE VORON

 

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A watercolour painting of Lake Voron c. 390 ES

 

PUBLISHED ON THE

5TH OF JULA AG PIOV OF 444 E.S.

 


 

VA VE EDLERVIK,

 

When the Haeseni resettled onto Almaris in the year 349 E.S., the Baruchs, under the leadership of Duke Matyas, travelled east of the early settlement that would later become Karosgrad. They sought to find an ocean for their people to settle by, to continue their traditions of whaling and fishing. They arrived upon the shores of Lake Voron, then thought to lead out to the ocean. It was only decades later, around 388 E.S., that the lake had been explored entirely, and that it was revealed that it was, in fact, not part of the ocean, but a large inland body of water. 

 

Despite there being no clear connection to the ocean, however, Lake Voron shares many characteristics with the sea. For one, it consists of saltwater, not of freshwater. Because of its unique characteristics, there is speculation regarding the possibility of there being an underground and underwater connection between Lake Voron and the Attenlund Sea. Most interesting, perhaps, is the variety of flora and fauna that reside within Lake Voron, for it appears to share an interesting ecosystem comprising both that of an ocean and that of a lake within it.

 


 

I. FLORA

 

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PEARLWEED

 

The Pearlweed flower tends to be found in clusters amidst the lake’s shores, though is mildly uncommon due to Valwyck’s harsh and wintry climate. Evidently, the Pearlweed blossom is only suited for the kinder summer months, though some rare subspecies are capable of surviving the harsh Valwyck winters. 

 

The blooms are rather sizable too, with stems measuring anywhere from twelve to eighteen inches in length. The flowers themselves are quite wide, with a span of about eight to ten inches in total. In addition, the flower can be seen in hues of white and pink alike, though the white-hued flowers - as per the blossom’s name - are more commonly seen about the shores of Lake Voron.


 

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THE LAKE LILY

 

The Lake Lily is the most common of the Voronian flora. Similar to the Voronian Pearlweed, the waterlily-like plants are found in large clusters most commonly. Like their water-lily counterparts, however, these flowers exist in aquatic environments only. The icy waters of Lake Voron, surprisingly, are the perfect temperature for these lilies to flourish in.Oddly enough, the Sea Lily seems to thrive in Voron’s salty waters unlike many other plants native to Hanseti-Ruska. 

 

Notably, these blooms are also the most resilient of the flora Lake Voron encompasses. They usually survive all year long and do not falter in the freezing climate of Valwyck. Moreover, this plant is much smaller than the other shrubs seen about the shores of Lake Voron. The lilypads measure about six to eight inches in diameter and the sea lilies themselves bear a span of four to six inches at most. 

 


 

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AYRIAN’S GOLD

 

This flower is the most prized amongst the flora of Lake Voron due to its rare yellow hue. In fact, this bloom is the rarest of all flora that constitutes Voron. Further, its rarity has led many to believe that it is a sign of great fortune and prosperity for those who discover it. However, because of its rarity, not much is known about this blossom spare for its colour and how long it tends to live, hence why it has been dubbed “Ayrian’s Gold.” 

 

Much like the Lake Lily, this plant takes the shape of a typical waterlily and exists within aquatic environments only. It is slightly smaller than the Lake Lily, however, though its other sizes have yet to be discovered. Uniquely, these plants also tend to have the least resilience, further contributing to their rarity; Ayrian’s Gold will bloom in the spring but most will die by the time autumn arrives, as the temperatures in Valwyck during the autumn months are far too cold for these blooms to withstand. 

 


 

II. FAUNA

 

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THE AYRIAN LAKEWHALE

 

The Ayrian Lakewhale is a creature of great mystique, though it is most certainly real as it has been sighted on multiple occasions. It is no question that the Lakewhale is massive, though varying accounts on its size are what contributes to the mystery surrounding this creature. This, of course, has led to the formulation of tales, stories, legends, and even songs about the famed Lakewhale. 

 

It is said that these Lakewhales measure up to twenty-five feet in length, though sailors of yore have reported sighting ones with a span of forty feet, further contributing to the legends about the inconspicuous “lake monster” of Voron. 

 

Usually, the Ayrian Lakewhale bears a bluish or black hue, making it difficult 

to spot within Voron’s deep blue waters, though an Ayrian Lakewhale possessing a silvery white hue was spotted on one particular occasion. The whereabouts of this albino whale are unknown, as no Baruch has spotted it since. 

 

 

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THE VORONIAN TORTOISE

 

The Voronian Tortoise is the only species of tortoise known to Voron, though its vibrantly golden shell makes it stand out amongst the shades of blue it is so frequently seen amongst. It is averagely sized in comparison to its other aquatic counterparts, spanning about twelve inches in length across its shell. Most frequently, it is spotted loitering upon the shores, sometimes tucked away within tall blades of seagrass.

 

Astonishingly, gathered evidence suggests that these creatures can withstand the wintry climates all year long, especially peculiar for a reptile suited for warmer temperatures.

Moreover, varying sizes and colours of the Voronian Tortoise have yet to be recorded, though it is quite likely that many subspecies exist within Voron’s evolving ecosystem, perhaps lingering much farther beyond its shores than once anticipated.

 

 

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THE PETRYSAN COD

 

This species of fish is the most abundant amongst Voronian sea life, amusingly dubbed the Petrysan cod after Dukes Petyr I and Petyr II of Valwyck. They are fairly large fish, ranging from one to two feet in length, though these sizes can vary. Nonetheless, they are a great source of commerce for the denizens of Lallybroch, seeing as they are so greatly abundant.

 

The Petrysan Cod bears a yellow-brownish hue, though ones possessing a rather bluish tint have been spotted on a few rare occasions. These are dubbed ‘Lucky Cod’ since they are rather rare, and should one spot this type of cod or even catch it, they might just gain some extra luck.

 

 

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AYRIAN’S FOE

 

The Ayrian’s Foe fish is a vibrantly coloured sort of catfish native to Voron, typically blue or red in hue. Though it might seem harmless upon first glance, it bears its name for good reason. Sailors that frequent Voron’s waters note that this fish is particularly aggressive and can sting or even bite with its unusually sharp teeth and hinged jaw.

 

In fact, one legend states that an unfortunate Ayrian sailor lost his finger due to an injury obtained from one of these frisky fishes. Thus, it was dubbed “the Ayrian’s foe” from thereon. Despite its aggressive nature, however, the size of this creature is hardly intimidating as it spans seven to eight inches in width on average. 

 


 

Evidently, the biodiversity of  Lake Voron is vast and ever-expanding. Indeed, it is even theorised that there are hundreds of undiscovered species lingering in Voron’s depths. Nonetheless, the flora and fauna recorded presently are confirmed to be unique to Voron’s environment alone, recorded solely by Duchess Isabel I over the span of her lifetime. 

 

Should any curious soul venture out to Voron’s shores and discover any flora or fauna unrecorded here, it is advised that they send the Duchess Isabel a letter informing her of such.

 


 

BY MOUNTAIN, RIVER, AND COAL


Her Grace, Isabel A. Baruch, Duchess of Valwyck, Countess of Ayr, Viscountess of Voron, Baroness of Gant, Laval, and Riveryn, Lady of Jorenstadt, Guardian of the Hanseti Coast, Knight of the Order of Queen Maya and the Lily

 

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thank u gus for writing the intro!

 

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A once decrepit, now deceased, Citrine Crow; Aleksandrya Karina Bihar, would have greatly approved of such studies in the flora and fauna - having had a green thumb herself, in her life.

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The study makes it's way to one zoologist mali'thil in Haelun'or; who greatly appreciates the research! 

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