Cour des Miracles lies on the east coast of Nova Scotia, all the way from the Witch's Cauldron down to the Shiloh hills. There are many old roads left in the territory, though the major one left is marked on the map. Click on pictures to see bigger versions.
While the rocky shore is a turn-off for many, it is in this area that the best fishing spots are found. A daring fisherman might also find several prime crabbing areas. For the explorers, a multitude of ocean caves line the shore, some of which are only accessible during low tide. There are also hundreds of little islands just off shore. If one follows the downward slope away from the caves, they'll find a thin plain area before crossing into thickly wooded territory. After the Red Star fell, a majority of this coast shattered and collapsed into the sea. What remains is closer to the water but the cliffs are still noticeable. However, because of their decimation, the area is decidedly less impressive.
Nestled in the Cour des Miracles' territory is the Niobrara Racetrack and Stables. In the days of the humans it was a popular place to go watch the races and gamble, but it has been neglected ever since the once dominant race's demise. Despite that, it has weathered considerably well. The oblong track is still visible, though covered in overgrown grass and weeds. The stadium seating is also still intact, though hardly safe. The stables are the real treasure trove of Niobrara however. The stalls are still intact and can easily accommodate at least fifty horses. There are also plenty of bridals, blankets, and saddles to be found. It is the perfect place to house and train a horse.
A large several story abandoned Hotel that is located just off the beach at the western side of the territory. Chien Hotel is in good condition, it has a few broken windows and minor repairs but otherwise this is the main headquarters of pack. Hidden within the thick trees as it has a large metal gate surrounding it, this gives the hotel a dark but powerful look. Among the many rooms and hall ways it has a large basement and wine cellar. The hotel has four floors, the top three consisting of many rooms on each floor, and the first floor including general rooms, such as the kitchen, the dining room, and the foyer. The top two floors are off limits due to damage and danger. Many of the windows have been destroyed during the Red Star's fall. Check the residencies page for maps of available rooms!
The port town of Lunenburg lies on the western part of Mahone Bay, the harbor still holds all sorts of seaworthy vessels from tiny dingies to fishing boats and even swift schooners. Tourism was one of Lunenburg's main sources of income in the reign of humans and that still shows with the number of restaurants, inns, hotels and shops that use to serve the tourist trade. From the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, and HB Studios, to the Lunenburg Opera House there's something for everyone. Quite a few buildings were destroyed during the Red Star's fall.
North of Lunenburg lay the crumbling ruins of a large Roman Catholic church. The stone walls are partially caved in, and many of the colorful stained glass windows have been shattered by the weather. The eastern wing, however, is largely intact and safe for exploration, with interesting artifacts such as a pipe organ and statues. Luperci unfamiliar with human religions may mistake the once-majestic structure for a castle. The outer lawns house a cemetery, home to scores of weathered tombstones bearing French names. Wild roses have overgrown many of the graves, and the thorny vines are beginning to creep inside the ruins as well, pulling it apart stone by stone.
Located between Lunenburg and the western border of the kingdom, there are large fields in the woods. In the spring and summer, wild flowers erupt in the fields with bright colors abound from the species brought from Europe decades ago. When darkness sets in during the warm months, fireflies rise up and fill the fields with small lights as they enjoy the weather. One of the fields houses a gazebo and old wooden love seat swing. A path of cobble stone leads to nowhere, giving base to the story that the fairies built the gazebo and swing as a gift to those who loved the Fairy Lights. The Meteor caused the destruction of part of the gazebo. The base and supports stand but the roof was blown clean off and now litters the area.
Deep within the territory of Cour des Miracles lies a small grove of tightly-packed trees, a large open space found in the center. The trees are of varying types and come in a large variety of contrasting colors, particularly in the fall, giving this grove its name. It is difficult to see through the trunks from the outside of the grove to the inside, making it an ideal place for quiet thinking or secret meetings. Butterflies and dragonflies are common here in the spring, as well as many different species of birds, but it is not the home of many prey animals.
On the cliffside coast of the Cour des Miracles packland, there is a small and ancient outcrop of land that juts towards the ocean. It can be found by passing between the points of Firefly's Cabin and the Arbes de le Falaise cliffs. The peninsula is an upward peak towards a formidable cliff-face, pocketed by many small caves. At the furthest point, there is a larger cave with a backward facing entrance that facesback down towards the heart of the packlands. It is a large, cavernous chamber, but the most remarkable aspect of this sacred place are the ancient and mystical pictures scratched into the stone of its walls. The cave of Lascaux is a haven from all sorts of foul weather, and a gallery from the beginning of time.
Upon nearing the Shinshu Temple, there is an essence of silence. Peace was sought by all those that once journeyed to pray within the walls of the Great Hall, and of those dedicated to the Four Noble truths that lived within the Monastery. Though now the silence no longer comes from the quiet souls who once occupied this revered temple but from the awe and reverence held by those rare visitors lucky enough to find it.
A structure built to replicate those in its native Japan, the temple is comprised of weather worn wood with peaked roofs. Its paint had been chipped and washed away, the once ornate design faded but still recognizable to those that look close enough. An intact rust red bridge leads one over the pond that sits before the temple, and in summer lily pads, ducks and swans call the small mirror lake home. Statues and paintings line the walls of the Great Hall along with the written doctrine of those who once worshiped here.
North of the stables and across the steam lays a log cabin that was built by members of the pack and residence of Anann. While it is lightly wooded to the front of the cabin, in the back (passed Anann's fire pit) there is a large clearing. The naturally level ground making a great practice area all types of physical skills. Even some wooden cross dummies have been erected for practice with armed combat.
Though there is a dusting of sand, this part of the beach is, for the most part, made up entirely of rocks, with much of the ground being covered by small, smooth pebbles, and the occasional larger ones. A few flat, short boulders are scattered along the length of the beach, and are a nice place to bask in the sun. The water proves to be a good place to swim during the hot months of summer, and when food is scarce in the winter, it can provide a steady supply of shellfish to sustain the wolves, if they don’t mind standing in the icy water to get to them. With the Red Star, the beach is drastically reduced and no longer referred to by its name, but the remnants are still there.
Located in a centeral location for easy access for all of the pack. Once an old cement basement or cellar room of some sort, the wood structure that was above ground level has been torn down. The lumber re-purposed to build a smokehouse for preserving meat and the cool, covered cellar used for storage.
Field of Gold. Close to the western border and the Calico Grove lay a series of rolling hills blanketed almost entirely by sunflowers. These hardy perennials bloom throughout the summer, making the hills appear gold and giving them their evocative name. At the right angle on a summer's day, one can see nothing but blue sky and golden field, just like the pack colors of Cour des Miracles. Once autumn arrives, wild birds and rodents come in droves to harvest the treasure trove of seeds left behind.
Eel Lake. Southwest of the Sugar Glass Caverns lies a secluded lake, fringed by forest on all sides. Herons are a common sight here, as are the copious freshwater eels they feed upon. The water is clear and inviting, and a short swim from any bank grants access to the islet at the center. The islet is thick with shrubbery, namely gooseberry, blackberry, and highbush cranberry, making it a rewarding destination for youngsters exploring on their own. They must be careful not to linger in the water too long, though, for the eels may bite! Experienced hunters seeking big game know to lie in wait at the shores, as elk, whitetail deer, and moose use the lake as a watering hole all year round.
A portion of the forest located near the most northern part of CDM. The most unnerving feature about this area is the seemingly endless path that travels directly through the growth. One could get briefly lost if they aren’t certain which way they entered. Since the Cour des Miracles - Inferni War of 2015, the majority of the Kodiak Pass is a forest of burned trees and ash. There is little foliage growing here, though signs of primary succession regrowth has begun at the least burned edges.
Once a hot spring that bubbled up in an odd place, near the much more hilly part of the pack lands. The earthquake that followed the Red Star opened up a large portion of the land and expanded the lake. It is a decidedly warm lake thanks to the presence of the hot springs throughout it, but it can be very deep in random spots. Caution is recommended.