The Great Marsh Peninsula

The Great Marsh Peninsula


During the wet season, water from a lake farther inland flows over the grassy peninsula to the sea. The result is a river many miles wide but only about 2 feet deep, hidden for the most part by tall grasses. Though not impassable, the peninsula is quite dangerous during this time because of the alligators, snakes, birds, and other swampland creatures that roam its waters.

During the dry season, the water recedes, leaving most of the ground dry. When the water level begins to drop, the alligators dig deep pits known as solution holes to trap the remaining water. A typical solution hole measures about 20 feet across and is home to one or more alligators, plus some fish, turtles, snakes, and birds throughout the dry season.

The peninsula is dotted with stands of trees growing on raised areas known as hummocks. A typical hummock measures about 300 feet across, but some are as large as 800 feet in diameter. Trees grow thickly on the hummocks, providing shelter for large predators such as panthers. During the dry season, the hummocks serve as a refuge for other kinds of animals as well.


Plenty of game trails cross the peninsula, making passage relatively easy during the dry season. Assuming a speed of 30 feet and no forced marching, a typical band of adventurers can travel 18 miles a day without getting lost via such trails (though if a character has the survival skill then the survival check should be used instead of this standard). Horses can traverse the peninsula with no trouble, but the townsfolk recommend against taking them there, since they usually fall prey to hungry panthers at night.

The Great Marsh Peninsula

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