Weather Changes in Eyr’s Jungle Biome

Jungle Waterfall in MengawanJungle Waterfall in Mengawan

Temperature
On the large, equatorial isle of Eyr, the temperature and rainfall remain relatively constant throughout the year; with the rainfall decreasing during the months of August - October, and increasing during May, June, and July. Highs can reach 95° F  (35° C) during the day, and can fall as low as 71° F (22° C) during the night.

Precipitation
Although the weather in Eyr stays roughly uniform throughout the year, it is important to know that there are also high and low water seasons. The basin is rich, lush, and green because it receives an abundance of rain (12ft / 4m a year on average). In a typical year, that adds up to 200 rainy days, which means that there will be days of heavy rain even in the dry season. Water levels rise as precipitation and condensing fog from the surrounding mountains envelop the Kuvari River Basin, flushing the rivers with fresh rainwater.

Seasons
Eyr does not experience drastically varying seasons in the way that other realms do. Trees don’t drop their leaves and change color, there is no snowfall even in the highest elevations, flowers seemingly bloom year round, and at first glance it may seem that there are no seasons at all, but the Moei Asing know better. Keenly attuned to the changes of the jungle, they are able to identify four distinct seasons within a year.  The defining factors for seasons are changes in rainfall, frequency of storms, direction of tradewinds, animal mating, and changes in available forageables.

We have also provided a guide for bushmeat and fish, of which many are actually available year round, but jungle natives have balanced the best seasons for hunting specific animals based around their mating and migration patterns. Some seasons are better than others for specific wildlife and their abundance is celebrated with ritual hunts.

 

BREEDING SEASON


“MENGAWAN”

(February, March, April) Flourishing plants in MengawanFlourishing plants in Mengawan

The early weeks of February mark the start of Breeding Season, or Mengawan (men-GAH-wan) as it is called by the Eyr natives. There is no mistaking the beginning of breeding season.  When the heavy fog lifts from the tree canopies, breeding season is a 24-hour cacophony of bird calls, monkey howls, buzzing insects, caterwauling big cats, and bellowing crocodiles, all competing for a chance at reproduction in the wilds of the jungle. Keen hunters will learn to mimic these calls to confuse their prey and strike them down from close range. Nevertheless, for the unaccustomed, the raucous wildlife cries can be disorienting and even disruptive to thought and sleep until one adapts to drown it all out.

For the region, this season is relatively cool with temperatures ranging from the low 70’s to low 80’s° F (22-26° C). The last cooling ocean winds from the Brumous season gradually warm up toward Mengawan, and rainfall is steady, and regular, coming in brief squalls several times throughout the day. The cool moving tradewinds drive weather cells rapidly over the island and thus, in Mengawan the weather is unpredictable. One moment may be sunny and warm, followed by an hour of heavy rain, and then clearing to sun again in an hour.

The tropical isle of Eyr is forageable for produce and bushmeat year-round, but different varieties of fruits, vegetables, fungus, fish and wildlife are more abundant in Mengawan than other times of the year, as all living things are cyclical in life and death. What is readily available in one season may not be in another.  The natives know that Mengawan is the best season for the harvesting and hunting of the following:
  

 FORAGEABLES

       

 FISH & GAME

Rambutan, Caimito, Banana, Carambola, Star Apple, Guava, Papaya, Straw Mushroom, Tree Abalone Mushroom, Cashew Nut, Green Coconut, Heart of Palm

 

Walking Catfish, Climbing Perch, Leaf Fish, Giant Gouramy, Snakehead Eel, Mangrove Jack, Cane Rat, Mandrill Monkey, Red River Hog, Flying Squirrel, Dik-dik.

 

MONSOON SEASON


“TENGKUJU”

(May, June, July)

Heavy monsoon rains of TengkujuHeavy monsoon rains of TengkujuThe start of May begins what is known as Tengkuju (Teng-KOO-zsu), or Monsoon Season. More than half of all rainfall for the year will fall during Tengkuju, causing water levels to rise quite dramatically in the river basins. Babbling brooks transform into roaring rivers, diluting the deltas with fresh water and driving brackish fish species toward the sea. While the monsoon does not bring high winds or stormlike conditions, it does bring insufferable humidity and daily downpours that silence jungle wildlife and pummel the forests from canopy to floor with dense, warm, torrential rain. Where Mengawan brought a symphony of wildlife calls to the ears, Tengkuju brings the drowning roar of rainfall.

Temperatures in Monsoon season are the hottest, ranging from 85° to 95° F (29° - 35c C) and humidity at a crushing 95% or higher.  Tradewinds are at an alltime low, and with reduced ocean breezes and no storm winds, the heavy humid air stifles.  Seas are placid and Tengkuju is known by natives as the best time of year for ocean fishing, and oceanic travel that guarantees relative safety from dangerous weather and waves.

This time of year is noted for the best bushmeat hunting and ocean fishing.  All the wildlife mating of Mengawa pays off in young, succulent offspring - the most celebrated of which is suckling boar.  Foraging this time of year is also abundant in tree fruits, though edible mushrooms are more scarce with high temperatures. Natives know Tengkuju to be the best season for hunting and harvesting the following: 

 FORAGEABLES

       

 FISH & GAME

Sugar Apple, Black Sapote, Passionfruit, Mango, Jaboticaba, Dragonfruit, Guanabana, Mature Coconut, Cherimoya, Durian, Jackfruit, Banana, Papaya, Canastel, Avocado, Mangosteen, Guavasteen, Brasil nut, Cocona, Platonia, Salacca, Lotus Root.

 

Yellowfin, Skipjack, Marlin, Wahoo, Giant River Ray, Electric Eel, Red Tailed Catfish, Archerfish, Boar, Gaur Calves, Capybara, Jacquacu (“turkey of the jungle”), Spider Monkey, Macaque

 

DRY (TYPHOON) SEASON


“KEMA”

(August, September, October)

Abating rains turn this raging rapid into a gentle brook.Abating rains turn this raging rapid into a gentle brook.August ushers in the season of Kema (KEE-ma), and thus begins the celebration of the end of Monsoon season, when the rivers abate and the jungle is relieved of the constant deluge of rain.  Precipitation is not rare, with gentle squalls occurring daily, but greatly decreased from Mengawan and Tengkuju seasons, and much briefer in duration. Natives of the jungle seize this time of year for building structures, tanning hides, drying cane and other activities made much easier by the (relative) dryness.  The abating of the rivers makes for excellent traversing and spearfishing.

Temperatures in the dry season remain hot, averaging 75° - 85° F (23° - 29° C) in the daytime, but the humidity decreases to a more comfortable 40-50%.

The dry season is an excellent time of year for net fishing, spear fishing and foraging along riverbanks -- especially for buried eggs and shellfish -- and with lower water levels everywhere,  many fish species have no deeper waters in which to hide. The Dry Season is also an excellent time of year for harvesting root vegetables, tree barks, and a great variety of tree fruits. Natives know Kema to be the best season for hunting and harvesting the following:  

 FORAGEABLES

       

 FISH & GAME

Ginger Root, Cassava Root, Taro Root, Mature Plantain, Mature Coconut, Oca root, Tiger Nut, Salsify root, Samphire, Wood Apple, Horned Melon, Cacao Pod, Coffee Berry, Fig, Custard Apple, Tea Leaf, Coca Nut &
Coca Leaves, Cinnamon bark

 

Electric Eel, Red Snapper, Freshwater Clams, Dolphin (fish), Spiney Lobster, Marlin, Sailfish, Purple River Crab, Panther Crab, Boar, Capybara, Turtle Eggs, Crocodile Eggs, Coati, Armadillo, Gaur, Peccary, Tapir

The deadly forces of a Typhoon making landfall.The deadly forces of a Typhoon making landfall.Though the Kema season is celebrated for the end of the Monsoons, the middle and especially the end of the dry season is feared for its powerful Typhoons that wreak terrible destruction upon the island. By weather pattern and by chance, Typhoons may strike landfall, though it is rare, and seldom occurs more than once per year, with Eyr often escaping the landfall of Typhoons for many years.  An abrupt reversal in the typical direction of tradewinds often signals a storm is incoming, and observant watchers will mark the fleeing of birds, monkeys and other wildlife to safer ground. Weeks in advance, the oceans are whipped into a frenzy, and with winds up to 130 mph (210 kmh) during the peak of the storm, anyone foolish enough to venture out into the waters is guaranteed death. Without a doubt, the safest place to weather out a Typhoon is a deep cave above the water table.

 

 

 

 

 

BRUMOUS SEASON


“HUTAN AWAN”

Dense clouds cling to the rainforest mountains.Dense clouds cling to the rainforest mountains.(November, December, January)
The Brumous Season, known as Hutan Awan (HOO-tun AH-wun) directly translates to Cloud Forest, and this season is aptly named for the cool, enveloping fog that clings to the higher elevations of mountainous rainforest. This dense mist is said to be the ‘breath of Ame Moei’ herself, and is considered sacred. The mist brings a great deal of moisture to the island peaks, condensing into drizzle and filling the pitcher plants and air plants high in the jungle canopy. This also marks the turning of the dry season, and as precipitation trickles down from the highest foggy peaks, the rivers begin to fill up once again.

Hutan Awan is the coolest time of year, with average temperatures not exceeding 80° F (26° C), and evening temperatures in the low 70’s (21° C).  Steady cool winds erode the beach shores and make for rougher seas, and the humidity increases greatly from the dry season, though is not as high as in monsoon season.

Land hunting methods must be adapted during the brumous season, as the mist greatly reduces visibility and ranged hunting weapons like the spear, bow, and blowdart are swapped out for nets and cleverly arranged traps.  Natives joyously celebrate Hutan Awan for the ripening of delicious citrus fruits and abundance of edible mushrooms. 

 FORAGEABLES

        

 FISH & GAME

Pineapple, Tangerine, Pomelo, Kaffir Lime, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, Finger Citron, Kumquat, Tamarind pods, Vanilla pods, Fiddlehead Ferns, nearly all mushroom varieties appear in this season.

 

Tilapia, Yellow Snapper, Sailfish, Horse Mackerel, Arowana, Fruit Bat, Langur, Flying Squirrel, Tree Rat, Spoonbill, Muntjak, Mouse Deer, Mountain Boar, Anteater, Agouti

River flow increases as mountain fog precipitates.River flow increases as mountain fog precipitates.