Wilderness Resources

Chapter Six of the Topic: Life In Landscape – Being, visions of the Far Place, the gors and the gallt, with notes various on flora and fauna, hunting, herding, agriculture, food and matters diverse.

Here’s a list I’ve found very useful, which should be applicable to many ‘forested’ Odaylan, hsunchen or barbarian campaigns. It’s derived from excavations and a twelve month recreation of a Mesolithic settlement at Star Carr in Yorkshire, and details basic environmental resources.

(While most of the plants mentioned are still common in England, it’s been a long time since wild ox, beaver, elk or boar roamed Derbyshire or the Yorkshire hills, which the ancestral homes of my family and my affines.

FOOD

Trees

  • willow
  • mountain ash
  • open vegetation

Water Birds

  • duck
  • lapwing
  • buzzard
  • red-throated diver
  • great grebe
  • margenser
  • white stork
  • crane

Insectivores

  • hedgehog

Rodents

  • beaver
  • hare

Herbivores

  • wild pig
  • red deer
  • wild ox
  • roe deer
  • elk

FIRE

Trees

  • birch
  • willow

Fungus

  • fomes fomentarius

Minerals

  • iron pyrites
  • flint

Mosses

  • eurynchium
  • camptotecium

CLOTHING

Furs

  • pine marten
  • red fox
  • wolf
  • badger
  • beaver
  • hare
  • wild ox
  • wild pig
  • elk
  • red deer
  • roe deer

TOOLS AND WEAPONS

Trees

  • silver birch

Bones and Antlers

  • wild ox
  • elk
  • red deer

Minerals

  • flint
  • chert
  • calcified crystalvitrie tuff
  • chloretic sandy siltstone
  • grey wacke
  • quartz

ADORNMENTS

Minerals

  • lias shale
  • haematite
  • amber

Feathers

  • teal
  • lapwing
  • buzzard
  • little grebe
  • red-throated diver
  • great grebe
  • morganser
  • white stork
  • crane

Antlers

  • red deer

Proceed to Chapter Seven: Imports and Exports …

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