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Heatwave

Postby Sky » Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:57 pm

Summer is as hot as Descending Fire, two months early. Insects seem to love it, but everything else seems to wonder if stone will be melting and trees will be spontaneously catching fire by the time the really hot months roll over.

Sitting under the sun is insufferable, and those that decide to remove their shirt to cool down quickly learn why the desert nomads cover their bodies so extensively - sand is only part of the problem. People that sell salves for sunburn see their sales spike.

The night is better, although the heat from the day creates a haze that lingers in the absence of wind; hand-held fans help a lot (whether mechanized or traditional), but sleeping in such heat is no easy task.
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Re: Heatwave

Postby Sky » Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:49 pm

As the summer progresses, the uncommon heatwave only grows worse. Small rivers and ponds dry out, droughts hit smaller communities hard, sensitive plants suffer, and heatstrokes are a common sight, especially among the elderly. Areas near water see a spectacular increase in people that go to swim.


It's noticed around Creation, too, as travelers claim.

Down South, where it would be expected for things to be worse, it's actually better. People there are more used to harsh heat, and know how to handle it. It's still uncommonly hot, but it's not even Descending Fire yet - it's bound to let up, right?

Up North, the uncommon heat so far causes little trouble, and only the scholarly are worried about the long-term implications of such a relative heatwave. Common folk are, mostly, none the wiser.

At the Blessed Isle, always a temperate place, the heat is noticeable as "early summer", but is so far nothing unmanageable.

The serious issues are most prominent in the West and the East, with Western seas facing an increased randomness between still winds and tropical storms, and the morning mists have become a plague to the Archipelaga, while the East's hot, humid forests are a veritable nest of disease-carrying insects and vermin.
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Re: Heatwave

Postby Virtueboy » Sun Aug 30, 2015 1:33 am

Klarette will requisition a skyship from Dancer on the Twilight Lilies to purchase... things for their mutual benefit in Nexus.

While she is there, she will ply all of her negotiating skills at procuring as large a quantity of sun protection salves as possible. She will also be looking for ointments and ungents that will specifically work toward using the element of water to sooth the elemental energies of the sun in the skin.

Once obtained, she will return post haste to Denandsor and arrange for the distribution of what she has obtained to all that are in need through the channels of the Hospital and the Red X society.

(I'm pretty certain I have this authority from Dancer; he can correct me quite publicly if I have erred. Otherwise, please let me know what I need to do in the way of rolls. The items needed specifically for Dancer cam be explained privately.)
--Wimpy Non-Staff Non-ST Player Voice -- Player of http://www.ageofexalted.net/wiki/index.php/Klarette_Lifeguide
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Re: Heatwave

Postby Sky » Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:05 am

Protective creams and ointments, as well as sunburn salves, are in high demand these days, and that demand was unexpected. Few can be found remaining in stores, and those that are found are often disproportionately expensive.

Materials for the construction of said creams, ointments and salves are easy to find and purchase at a logical prize, though. It seems that it's more a matter of those that know how to make them are overwhelmed by the sudden, exorbitant demand, but there are stockpiles of materials for the summer.
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Re: Heatwave

Postby Sky » Sun Sep 06, 2015 7:05 pm

The heat isn't letting up. The whole month has passed without a single day of lower temperature, and any wind blows hot. Humidity is horrible in places near standing water, where the process of turning into a swamp is perceivable now. Insects abound, and an explosion of insect-eating rodents has followed.

Heatstroke cases are on the rise, and droughts have multiplied. Even large lakes are starting to noticeably evaporate. A lot of plants cannot be saved anymore, no matter how much they are watered.

Stories from the South are starting to get exaggerated, too. Even at a climate where they're most comfortable at, there are rumors of papers catching on fire spontaneously when placed near windows.


And it's not even Descending Fire yet...
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Re: Heatwave

Postby Sky » Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:37 am

Today marks the first of Descending Fire.

With no abating of the heat, but instead its steady increase still, people are getting desperate. The wealthy spare no expense for some relief, whether by exotic devices or magic. The poor congregate near water - often for survival, with the expanding drought.

The phenomenon is now obvious in the most extreme directions, too; even the hardened men of the south fall prey to heatstroke or die of thirst, and the flora and fauna of the north, used to much colder climates, suffers. Word says there are incidents even farther north, with icebergs and parts of the glacier melting. The price for Nevermelting Ice has risen hundredfold in less than a month.
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Re: Heatwave

Postby Sky » Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:41 pm

As the date inexorably approaches the apex of Descending Fire, the already despairing situation takes a turn for the worse.


Creation-wide now, some situations are observable:

- Small rivers dry up, and displace nearby animal and human population who seek water elsewhere. Not everyone makes it to another source.

- Large rivers get more and more shallow, restricting or even preventing ship passage. Consequently, food and water transportation (which is in high demand nowadays) is even further limited.

- Plains catch on fire particularly easily; wide plains see flash-fires that send massive groups of animals stampeding for safety, endangering anything nearby from either the flames or the hooves.

- Forests dry up, trees turning brown out of season. Predatory animals have a relatively easy time getting fat in the expense of exhausted prey, but they leave their territory in search for water. Incidents with water sources in forests and wild animal encounters have multiplied.

- Jungles retain an obscene amount of humidity, and fresh carcasses abound, creating insect and rodent swarms of never-before-seen proportions. Consequently, food sources dwindle rapidly and plague comes hand in hand with the famine.

- Deserts bake and sear the hardest nomads, and many oasis have begun to dry up, to the despair of those that rely on them for precious water. Sandstorms are so intense that can flay a man in thirty seconds.

- Swamps dry up, their waters becoming shallow and their mud so cracked that a man can crash through to the waist, only to stick to the still-wet mud below that height; escape tends to be impossible as swamp predators set on such victims. Insects create swarms that can travel for miles, forming small, dark clouds.

- Hills and mountains have dried completely, their soil having loosened enough that any motion can create an avalanche or a landslide.

- Snow has melted in most but the most permafrost of regions, and the resulting water has evaporated, creating some of the most rapid changes between heat wave and tropical storm that tundras have ever seen.

- The glacier is melting, threatening high-altitude settlements with a danger they are completely unprepared to handle: flooding.

- The seas of the west threaten the ships with either doldrums of unbelievable length, threatening even the most well-stocked ship with the very real possibility of running out of water, or storms that resemble the wrath of the elemental dragons themselves.


All relevant situations are observable even in the Blessed Isle, albeit somewhat subdued.


Worse still, some scholars, alchemists and thaumaturges have noticed a disturbing trend: More and more people complain that minor enchantments against the heat fail.
Investigation so far has showed that such enchantments are overwhelmed by constant use, and even permanently imbued ones may shatter under the strain.

Of course, the Charms of the Exalted are unaffected (and most Fire Aspects find the situation amusing enough, at least until they get news of a field they own taken by fire, or a unit they command taken by disease).
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Re: Heatwave

Postby Sky » Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:04 am

Although the heatwave seemed about to go throughout the winter, more intense than ever, it suddenly lets up.


Overnight, the chill brings in autumn winds, and what trees had managed to keep their leaves through the heat lose them to the cold.

What damage the heatwave did will take a while to restore, but where human hands are absent, nature seems to handle things quicker than expected - Elementals, the scholars say.

The rains come unexpectedly, though, and they're heavy. Rivers swell, lakes fill, and... surviving plants drown. Sea travel is hampered by heavy storms, as seasons jerk back to their proper place.


Crops were harmed the most, and with the winter upon Creation it will be a harsh few months for those that couldn't stockpile food for the snowing months.


But, at least, the worst seems to be behind now.
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