In the Helsinki Forest, also known as the Winter-Runner Forest, contains a rare breed of magical snake. Some believe they have a connection to the famous snake-bonded people who fought in the Second Demonic War. Unlike those snakes, their venom is a powerful healing agent.
Alaila Mild-Twine is a high elf sorceress who was abused by her husband. Elven society is matriarchal, but the queen chose to believe her husband, the queen’s brother, instead of Alaila. In her anger, Alaila destroyed the village. She now kills anyone who enters the forest who reminds her of her husband or the queen, namely men and royalty of any elf-like species.
She has lived well over a thousand years, longer than the laws of nature permit, but when nature moontouched come to take her to the lands of death, they are never seen again. They have learned to avoid Alaila’s Forest.
The Ellerie Forest was one of the first wonders humans witnessed in the natural world. The trees there are so dense that only luminescent mushrooms keep the forest lit. The blue Seawing butterfly’s wings absorb the light of the mushrooms and glow for a short time after landing on a mushroom, while reflective pollen from the surrounding trees sparkles through the air.