The Hope of Erethor
Fields of Ash and Blood
In the early years of fighting, the healthy trees and moist soils confounded the orcs’ efforts to burn the forest. Sadly, the Caraheen has experienced an unnatural drought for many years and the forest is beginning to suffer. Many shallow wetlands have dried away, vast swaths of woods are brown, and many groves are sick and dying. The elven court fears that the want for water is Izrador’s doing, that he has turned his divine powers to holding off the natural rains. In recent summers, the forest fires set by orc soldiers have raged out of control. They burn huge tracts of forest, destroying ancient trees, killing wildlife, and razing elfkin settlements. The largest area of constantly burning forest is west of the Plains of Ash and Blood, which is itself merely a graveyard of previously destroyed woodland. Elves and orcs alike have come to call this main war front the Burning Line. Dense and acrid smoke from the Line settles over the woods for hundreds of miles, blocking sight and confounding smell. Even the tree spirits of the forest are powerless to resist and their death shrieks sound a shrill and terrifying note to the Whispering Wood.